“The week wasn’t like we had hoped it would turn out.”
After a very one-sided game to start the week on Monday, Preble Shawnee lost to Madison 13-0. Shawnee’s pitching could not get out of the 1st inning before giving up three runs and the Arrows could never get started on offense to make any challenge against the hard-hitting Mohawks.
The Arrows could only muster three hits on the night: two by Junior Brandon Frost who was 2-3 on the night and a hit by Cody Chesnut.
“This is what a coach doesn’t want to see out of the team. We just gave up,” Coach Joe Leach said. “Madison has a great team and just out hit us 14-3, but our effort just wasn’t there.”
Wednesday, the Arrows faced another tough team in Carlisle.
“I wanted to make a point with our team that there were JV players that were willing to step up and make a go on the varsity team,” leach said.
Although the intensity was better, Shawnee was no match for the Indians who out hit the arrows 14-5 and defeated Preble Shawnee 14-1. Sophomore Dylan Weireter scored the lone run when he reached on an error in the 5th inning. Senior Eric Deaton went 2-3 for the Arrows and Adam Fryer, Brandon Frost, and Cody Chesnut each added a hit on the evening.
After a couple games were canceled on Thursday and Friday, the Arrows traveled to National Trail on Saturday for a double header against the Trail Blazers.
The first game, the Arrows put a run on the board in each of the 1st three innings, taking a 3-0 lead.
After a 2-2 count on the batter Griffin from Trail, a hit by pitch gave the Trail Blazers a base runner to start a five-run inning.
“ A simple hit by pitch, then a steal attempt that left the hole open at 2nd which allow a ground ball to go through, then a loop pop fly that fell between the SS and a diving CF started this all off,” Leach said. “We had been playing this game so well, and just a couple things allowed them to take the lead.”
Shawnee was able to get two runs in scoring position in the top of the 7th. After Logan Moreland singled, Ben Amburgey bunted to get the runner to third, then Brandon Frost was hit for the second time in the game, putting runners on the corners.
Frost stole second and Sterling Leach laid down at sacrifice bunt to score Moreland and bring the Arrows within one, with the tying run at 3rd.
That’s how the game ended, with Trail beating Shawnee, 5-4. Moreland went 3-3, Leach and Deaton each added a hit for the Arrows.
In the second game, Shawnee jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Arrows’ pitching allowed Trail to get three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Arrows offense went cold, only scoring one more run in the 6th inning, while National Trail scored three runs in the 3rd, two more in the 5th and tacked on three more runs in the 6th to defeat the Arrows 11-5 in the second game of the double header.
“They just started hitting the ball off our pitching and out-hit us 9-6 in the game,” Coach Leach said.
“Although the score doesn’t show it, we are improving and hope to finish the season strong. “
Monday, April 28, the Arrows were scheduled to travel to Dixie, before playing Waynesville at home on Wednesday, Oakwood on Thursday and at home against Eaton on Friday.
On Saturday the JV and Varsity team will take part in the PSYBL (Preble Shawnee Youth Baseball League) opening day.
“I feel this is one of the biggest days for our team. We will come back to where it all began for these boys. The Arrows baseball team will be giving back to the community by working the concessions as well as other events during opening day,” Leach said.