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JV Baseball with a great showing in Coldwater Tourney
April 29, 2014By Ryan Allman of Fremont High School
On Saturday our JV baseball team was in a tournament in Coldwater MI. Our first game was at 9am and was against Sturgis, MI. We had the pleasure of having Braxton (Bruiser) Baker(Soph) and Dylan Peppler (Fresh) play with us in all three games. They both know what it's like to play at the Varisty level. It was good for our team to have the leadership of Baker along with our current leaders.
In the first game we played the type of game a real baseball fan would love to watch. It was tight at 2-1 until the Eagles opened it up with four runs in the top of the 6th and added another in the top of the 7th. We ended up holding strong for a 6-3 victory. Bruise pitched all 7 innings giving up only 3 runs on 3 hits and striking out 9 for the win. Jackson Cardoso played his best game of the year at first base with 3 unassisted put outs and had no errors. Bruise also went 3-4 at the plate and had a double and three RBI's. Logan Pentecost and Jake Baker both had two hits and Jordan Rode scored two times. This was a great way to start the tourney and our emotions were high on the way to Subway for lunch.
Our next game was at 2pm against Adrian, MI. This score is extremely deceiving...we lost 13-9. If I was to tell you that out of context you might think it was an offensive battle, not the case at all. We started out the game with an eight run first inning and were leading 8-2 after the first. We added another one in the second then went cold the rest of the game. For some unknown reason we slipped into the Twilight Zone yet again and Adrian had 11 unanswered runs in the last four innings. We only ended up going six innings due to a two hour time limit but I think it was best to put us out of our misery. Penetcost and Rode each scored twice and I think the team will agree that this was one of the toughest defeats we have had all year. We really wanted to play Coldwater in the championship game and show them the future of Fremont baseball, but it was not meant to be...instead we played in the third place game on Lowe field against Hanover Horton.
We were told after our loss that HH was waiting for us at Lowe field. Which honestly was not a bad thing. Coming off of this horrible loss it helped us to go right at it and not dwell on the loss too long. I told everyone on the team that I felt bad for the team we were getting ready to play. Kyle Lowe, pitching at Lowe field, was meant to for the mound that day. That was the strongest outing for Lowe this year giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out six getting second complete game win. It wasn't the stats that impressed me the most, it was that he was focused and in control the entire game with ZERO walks. We were once again hot at the plate like the first game going 13 for 36 as a team and scoring 9 runs. Adam Araque, Jackson Cardoso and Dylan Peppler all had 2 RBI's and we only had 3 k's as a team. Jake Baker stayed hot and went 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored twice. Jordan Rode went 2-4 and had a nice sac bunt that he will probably never let me live down. (Rode likes to swing away) I told him I was trying to pad his stats with a sac. Bruise was excited to get in the field for a couple of games and had some very nice 5-3 plays at third. Bock...you might have another 3rd baseman.
I am excited to see how the wins this weekend take us into Monday's game at Carroll. I hear that going 2-1 in the coldwater tourney is a great showing for Fremont. That moves the JV to 4-5 on the season and as long as we grow as a team and continue to mature as ball players, Coach Hull and I are excited for the future. If we can avoid the big innings we are honestly a tough group of guys to beat...the guys just need to get that in their heads. I do want to add that Nate Midtgard and Caleb Presley added a lot of good energy to the last game as supporting teamates. Nate came in late in the game and made a really nice catch in center to end the 6th inning. Presley, or wheels as I like to refer to him, scored 3 maybe 4 times on the day as a pinch runner and his attitude always keeps us loose.
If you read this and see any of the JV guys around, give them a high five for the weekend tourney...they deserve it. Maybe they can start convincing themselves they are that good. Honestly, I told the guys after the last game that it was like we were not even trying. I felt like we were in cruise control. I reminded them that it is really that easy when you are focused.
Eagle baseball, champions!