Rain showers this week have slowed down the number of high school athletic events being played, but did not completely wash them away.
Central Crossing 11,
Despite the lopsided final score the Golden Eagles (0-1) were right in their season opener with the host Comets on Monday, March 31, until the wheels came off the wagon.
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning and Madison-Plains High School starting pitcher Hunter Butin was rolling along, but that’s when things went terribly wrong.
“Up to the final out of the bottom of the fourth, our team played great with a good (Ohio Capital Conference) school,” Plains’ coach Zach Durban said.
“Hunter Butin pitched great as our starter and I was very pleased with his throwing. He challenged hitters all game long with first pitch strikes and kept the ball in and around the strike zone the whole game. With two outs in the fourth, we had an error and allowed a runner to advance to second. Then Central Crossing just strung together seven or eight hits off of Butin and relief pitcher Jordan Naeder.”
It wasn’t as if the hits were screaming line drives but rather a collection of well placed hits.
“There was only one hard hit ball, the rest were seeing eye singles or bloops that just hit our defensive holes,” Durban said. “We mixed in a few defensive errors that inning that prolonged the two-out rally. As a young team we will have to find ways to curb those mistakes. A good, seasoned team does not let one mistake lead to another which leads to a game-winning inning. We have to be able to respond positively to our mistakes and learn from them going forward.
“When we play toe-to-toe with that caliber of a school who has experienced upperclassmen for almost four whole innings, there is something to build upon. We will learn from this frustrating loss and build from our mistakes.”
Matt Jeffers, Nate Jeffers and Kenkade Snyder all had hits for the Golden Eagles.
The Red Raiders (1-1) couldn’t overcome a rough first inning and suffered a non-league loss at Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 1.
The Panthers scored 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to the victory. Fairbanks had nine hits in the game, many of which came off London starter Rachel Long. Shelby Long came in after the first inning and held her own inside the circle.
London only had two hits in the game.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.