Arrows drop to 1-8 after second week

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

April 15, 2014

The Preble Shawnee baseball team had a busy second week of the season. On Tuesday, April 8, they played at Northridge and were defeated by the Polar Bears, 6-3.

In a close game Northridge out-hit the Arrows 8-6.

“They got on us early, scoring five runs in the first two, but we came back and scored three runs in the 4th inning,” Coach Joe Leach said. “After that, our offense was shut down by the Polar Bears’ left-hander, Dull.”

Brandon Frost led the offense, going 2-4. Clayton Morgan, Corey Hooker, Mitch Monnin and Ben Amburgey added singles for the Arrows.

On Wednesday, April 9, the Arrows hosted Madison and lost 4-0 in what was a close game until Madison put three runs on the board in the top of the 7th.

The Arrows could not get a run home despite having baserunners on in the last four innings, according to Leach. Again, the Arrow offense was lead by Frost who went 2-3, Morgan, Hooker, and Amburgey each added a hit.

On Thursday, the Arrows’ pitching struggled at home against Milton-Union as the bulldogs downed the arrows 11-1. The offense for the Arrows struggled with just two hits by Brandon Frost in the 3rd, who then scored the one run, and Sterling Leach, who was stranded after leading off the 5th with a single.

“I feel the wind really affected our pitchers in the first couple innings,” Coach Leach said. “The pitchers were hanging up and it was hard to throw good quality strikes.”

On Friday, Preble Shawnee traveled to Carlisle, but again pitching saw the Arrows give up nine runs in the first two innings, and the Indians defeated Shawnee, 11-3. The Arrows’ offense came alive with nine hits on the night but couldn’t get there baserunners in.

Leading the Arrows in hitting was Austin Blevins, who went 3-3, and Sterling Leach, 2-3. Deaton, Moreland, Amburgey and Frost each added a hit.

On Saturday, April 12, the Arrows traveled to Monroe for a tri-match double header.

“We knew it would be a very rough day with our pitching staff pretty used up from four straight league games in as many nights,” Coach Leach said.

Shawnee faced Landmark Trinity Christian in the first game and lost 21-9. After a 2-1 lead after two innings, LTC put up 10 runs in the 3rd on several big hits and five errors. Then seven more runs scored in the 4th against the arrows defense.

Preble Shawnee’s offense had 10 hits on the day, led by Sterling Leach, who went 3-3; Clayton Morgan, 2-4 (double), and Moreland (triple). Chesnut and Monnin each added a double and Hooker and Payton Roberts had singles.

In the second game, the Arrows faced a very tough opponent in the Monroe Hornets. The Hornets out-hit the Arrows 12-1, giving Shawnee a 10-0 loss after five innings.

“Monroe has a very good baseball program where most of their players have played in elite select baseball teams in the off-season,” Coach Leach said. “Their pitching completely shut us down. Austin Blevins had the one hit for the Arrows. Our boys were pretty tired after arriving at noon and not getting to play our first game until 2:30 p.m. because LTC and Monroe had a slugfest in the first game.”

After starting the season 1-2 in the first week, the Arrows have dropped six straight and are now 1-8.

They travel to Oakwood Tuesday, April 15, home against Northridge on Wednesday, April 16, and have away games at Milton Union on Thursday, April 17, and Waynesville on Friday, April 18.