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Fremont Goes 1-2 at the Coldwater Tourney

April 13, 2014
By Justin Bock of Fremont High School

Game 1: Fremont 1, Mason (MI) 2

According to the umpire, Brock Baker was sneaky good on the mound during the day's first game. Facing a school three times our size, Brock did everything he could to give us a win. He threw 4.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits andstriking out eight.

Unfortunately, I have never seen what happened to our team at the plate occur in a game before. In every single inning, we had a runner in scoring position, and we scored just one run. In fact, as a team we were 0-14 with runners in scoring position. That means two-thirds of our outs were made with runners on second or third. We just couldn't get the big hit. Alex Beams had three of our five hits and also stole two bases.

The Eagles were once again excellent defensively, which continued to give our bats a a chance to win the game.

Game 2: Fremont 3, Cheboygan (MI) 4 -- 8 innings

Deja vu. Game two looked much the same. Alex pitched probably the best game he has thrown as a varsity player, allowing one earned run and striking out seven over six innings. 

We got down early 3-1, but tied it with two in the fifth when freshman Dylan Peppler followed a Kyler Grange walk with an RBI triple. Alex drove him in with a deep sac fly to center. Peppler had two hits in the game -- the triple was his first varsity hit.

Again, we made some baserunning mistakes and couldn't produce the big hit to push across the go ahead run. Brice Schueler took the losses in both of the first two games, but combined he pitched 2.2 innings and struck out seven. 

Game 3: Fremont 12, Whiteford (MI) 1 -- 5 innings

I won't lie: we needed this. A third great pitching performance, this time by Hunter Jordan, but in this game, the bats came alive. Hunter went all five innings using just 79 pitches, allowing just four hits. 

There were many potivies with the bat. Alex had his second three-hit game of the day, and I think we have found our leadoff hitter after using four different in the first four games. Brock and Dylan also had a couple of hits. Kyle Lowe, in his first varsity at bat, lined a single up the middle. Currently he leads the team with a 1.000 batting average.

Six different Eagles stole bases, nine scored runs, eight had hits, and five had RBIs. An excellent job up and down the lineup. As a team we struck out once.

This last game certainly made the day feel better than what it did at the end of the first two. We are now 2-4, having lost four games by a total of five runs. We open our conference schedule next week with games against Central Noble and Eastside, followed by another Michigan tourney in Sturgis.

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