R-H Staff Report
April 22, 2014
Preble Shawnee’s baseball team started last week off with a win over Northridge.
On Tuesday, April 15, Preble Shawnee defeated the Northridge Polar Bears 5-3. Eric Deaton started for the Arrows, pitching five innings and giving up only two earned runs.
Sterling Leach came on in relief in the 6th inning with the Arrows leading 4-3, and shut down the Polar Bears despite allowing base runners on in the last two innings. Offensively for the Arrows, Brandon Frost went 2-3, Eric Deaton went 2-3 and sophomore Clayton Morgan went 2-3 with a double.
Both Frost and Morgan each scored a run, as well as Corey Hooker. Austin Blevins plated two on the night to round out the scoring for Shawnee. Blevins and Cody Chesnut each added a single for the Arrows’ 8 hits.
“We played well defensively, only committing one error and Hooker and Chesnut drove in two key runs for us on sac flies. This is what we have been telling the boys all year, reduce your mistakes and make the plays that come to you both on offense and defense,” head coach Joe Leach said.
The Arrows traveled to Milton Union on Thursday and were defeated by the Bulldogs 8-1. After a 1-0 lead after two innings, the Bulldogs touched up the Arrows for six runs in the third inning, giving them a 7-0 lead. Shawnee’s pitching struggled in the inning, giving up three walks and three hits before retiring the first batter. A miscue in the outfield also cost the Arrow defense the last two runs.
“The Bulldogs hit the ball hard in both games we have played them this year, but only out-hit us today 6-5. We really didn’t help our pitcher get out of a bad inning when we couldn’t make a play on defense. I told our kids at the beginning of the year we must cover gaps and go after every ball with reckless abandon to keep our pitchers out of trouble,” Leach said.
Offensively, the Arrows could only score one run despite having runners on in five of the seven innings.
Austin Blevins went 2-3, Brandon Frost went 2-4 and Clayton Morgan, 1-3, for the Arrows’ five hits. Mitch Monnin scored the only run for the Arrows after reaching on an error in the seventh.
Preble Shawnee traveled to Waynesville on Friday, April 18, and faced a very good Spartans team.
The Arrows’ pitching struggled in the first, giving up three runs without giving up at hit. After two walks and three hit batters, the Arrows brought in sophomore Payton Roberts in relief with the bases loaded and only one out.
“We just brought Payton up from the JV team because of our lack of pitching depth. I wasn’t sure how he would do in this tight spot, but he was able to get a fly ball out and strike out a batter to get us out of this jam,” leach said.
Roberts pitched the next four out of five innings, giving up only two earned runs, however the Arrows defense allowed seven unearned runs in the game.
The Arrows lost the game 12-2 despite out-hitting Waynesville 6-5.
“Our pitchers couldn’t seem to locate today giving up 12 walks with 5 of them hit by a pitch,” Leach said.
Although the Arrows did not have a game scheduled on Saturday, the team went to the local Camden Fresh Foods to bag groceries as a fund raising event.
“I would like to thank Fred and Lisa Green for allowing our team to hold a fund raiser at their store. The money we raised will help us with some of the projects we plan on doing in the off season to make our facilities better.”
This week the Arrows will be very busy, playing six games in as many days. On Monday the Arrows were to travel to Madison, Wednesday, April 23 they will be at home against Carlisle, then at Oakwood Thursday, April 24 and at Eaton on Friday, April 25, before finishing the week with a double header on Saturday at National Trail.