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Eagles Lose Home Opener

April 9, 2014
By Justin Bock of Fremont High School

Adams Central 7, Fremont 6

As bitter as last night's loss was at Lakewood Park, tonights left us feeling a bit more positive. As we have preached so far, each night is an opportunity to get better. We need to focus on improvement so our best baseball is played at the end of the year.

Tonight we took one of those steps. The pitchers were better and even though they gave up three homeruns, they actually more consistently kept the ball down. The homeruns were shots--no wind aided fence scrapers. One went so far, we didn't see Dylan Peppler for a couple of innings because he was tracking it down. The Eagles experienced two nice surprises on the mound. First, Hunter Jordan struck out three and walked only one over three innings, showing just how effective he can be when he works in the zone and from ahead. Ryan Sichling also battled, pitching in some tough situations, but showing he's capable of being a a weapon on the mound.

Fremont only had three hits tonight, but made them worth every cent. Sichling's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first and Bruiser Baker's two-out, two-run double in bottom of the second turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 game. After two more runs scratched across in the third, we had come all the way back to take the lead. The Eagles are experimenting a bit with the lineup, and tonight decided to leadoff Bruise so we had speed at the top of the order.

Defensively, we made one error, and that came on a tough play where a difficult throw was handled by Kaleb Hayes at first, but he was pulled off of the bag. So, overall, we made the routine plays and that kept us in the game. Peppler, once he returned from ball-retrieval even entered the game and made his first varsity catch -- a smooth, relaxed play on a can-of-corn fly ball.

The fun aspect to this year is just how important every member is to our success. We will need to rely on production from our entire lineup and the ability to throw strikes from our entire staff. That is our mission early in the season.

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