Baseball team falls in 1st road trip!
April 12, 2011Center High School
On its 1st road trip, the Center High School Boy's Baseball team fell in a double header to Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO. Both games in the series went to the Tigers, 7-3 and 14-4 (5 in.).
The Yellowjackets played the game of the season to date, going the full seven innings with arguably the best team in the West Central Conference in the first match-up of the night. The Jackets got on the board early with a run in the 1st.
With the 2nd and 3rd Innings going scoreless for both teams, the Jacket's defense shined. Led by Senior Center fielder Jamal Lee and Senior Pitcher Zach Daniels, the Jackets held Smith-Cotton at bay early and often.
Head Coach Neal Weitzel said, "Our outfield has been superb. Jamal (Lee), (Anthony) Hogue, and (Alex) Scherer did a great job shagging balls all night. It was rare to see them drop one tonight."
At the plate, Daniels threw a complete game, totaling 100 pitches, in what was his most successful start of his career. Not to mention another solid game behind the plate from Junior Catcher Dalton Ostergard, which held Tiger runners on, keeping the ball in front.
Daniels said of the game, "Once I got in my rhythm, I was able to throw strikes, and we started to click defensively...we are improving on last year."
It was the 4th Inning when things turned sour. Still nursing a one-run lead, the Jackets allowed four runs on two errors, which they were never able to fully recover from.
Scoring lone-runs in both the 5th and 6th Inning, the Jackets were able to keep things interesting, but failed to complete a rally, eventually falling 7-3.
Game two in the series was a different story. The Yellowjackets opened up with a four-run 1st that saw excellent base running and discipline at the plate. Unfortunately, the Jackets weren't able to subdue the Tiger's attack. Scoring three in the 1st and tying the game in the 2nd, the Tigers were just too much for the Yellowjackets, winning 14-4 through 5 Innings.
Coach Weitzel said, "Hogue pitched a great game. He hasn't been out there much this year, but was there when we needed him tonight."
Freshman Caleb Ownby and Ostergard also saw time on the mound in the second match-up.
"Overall, it was a great road trip. Smith-Cotton was a great host and the park was in great shape. I think our players really appreciated that," said Weitzel.
See your Center Boys Baseball team back in action in a Varsity double header, at home, against Washington High School from Kansas City, KS.
See you at the park!