Middle school baseball struggles in first two games
by Andy Southard | March 5, 2018 7:56 am
The White County Middle School baseball team struggled in their first two games of the season. On Monday night, the Warriors’ bats never came around, as they struck out 13 times and only collected one hit in a 13-1 loss to Coffee County.
On Tuesday night, Coffee County used a big third inning to take control of the game, scoring five runs in the inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Warriors would battle back and get the game to 6-4 in the bottom of the third inning, but the Raiders would score single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take control of the game and pick up the 10-5 win.
On Monday night, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning. D.J. Paul would lead the game off with a single. He would then steal second on the next pitch and then advance to third on a Seth Green groundout. He would score on a wild pitch to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead. The Warriors would lose the lead in the bottom of the first, with Coffee County scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. The Warriors couldn’t respond in the bottom of the second inning, and Coffee County would take control of the game, scoring two runs in the second, three runs in the third, and five runs in the fourth, and led 13-1 at the end of the fourth. The Warriors couldn’t keep the game going in the top of the fifth, and the Warriors would lose 13-1 to Coffee County.
Paul also got the start on the hill going two innings giving up one earned run. He would strike out four and walk three. Bray Frasier and Jacob Maples would pitch the final two innings. Paul also finished with the only hit for the Warriors.
On Tuesday night, the Warriors would capture the lead in the second inning when Jacob Cowen singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.
However, Coffee County would take the lead for good, with five runs in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Warriors would get two runs back in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-4, but Coffee County would strike for a single run in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to push their lead to 10-4. Grant Miller would walk to lead off the inning. He would advance on a Green groundout. He would later score on a passed ball.
Cowen led the Warriors at the plate going 2-for-3 and an RBI. Jack Guy got the start on the mound for the Warriors. He went four innings, giving up five hits, and five earned runs. He struck out five and walked three.
Green and Paul Keller threw in relief for the Warriors. Gree pitched three innings, giving up three hits and two runs (one earned). He also struck out one.
The Warriors will return to action, on March 5, when they play host to South Middle School. That game will start at 4:30 p.m. at the field beside the fairgrounds.