With nearly every key member of the team back from a team that advanced all the way to the Division II state championship game last spring, expectations surrounding the Jonathan Alder baseball team were extremely high this spring.
The Pioneers (6-0, 3-0) are doing their best to live up to such lofty heights, as they sport a perfect record. But it’s not the team’s record that is catching the attention of those in the know, it’s how Alder has gotten to this point.
Coach Craig Kyle’s bunch is scoring nearly 10 runs a game, has surrendered just 12 runs in the first six games and looks every bit as good as originally expected.
In a home doubleheader Saturday, April 12, the host Pioneers blasted Heath 10-1 and 12-4, and head into a busy week of games oozing with confidence.
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In the first of two-lopsided victories brothers Scott and Jon Peters combined to limit the Bulldogs to six hits. Scott Peters gave the Pioneers six strong innings, before giving way to Jon in the seventh.
It wasn’t a complete feel good story for Alder, the team committed an uncharacteristically high number of errors (four) in the win.
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The second game was much better when it came to defense, Alder committed just one error and let its bats do the talking. The team collected 15 hits in the game.
The Pioneers scored seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Luke Nees got the win as Jon Peters and Tanner Gaerke also pitched in the game.
Alder does have a busy week on tap. It was to host River Valley Monday, April 14, will travel to North Union Wednesday, April 16, will then play at Bloom-Carroll, the 2013 D-III state runner-up, Thursday, April 17 and will close the week at home against London Friday, April 18.
The Golden Eagles (0-7, 0-2) were unable to break into the win column Friday, April 11, as they fell at home to Worthington Christian.
Brandon Gartin started the game for Madison-Plains High School, he gave way to Jordan Naeder in the fourth inning and Christian Pruitt finished the game. At the plate Plains could only scratch out five fits.
Red Raiders ace Zac Carey, a Bowling Green State University signee, was pinned with a loss in an extra innings game played at Bexley Friday, April 11.
Carey allowed just four hits, but he and his teammates struggled to score runs of their own.
London (4-4, 1-2) had five hits in the game and scored its lone goal in the fourth inning. Bexley scored in the bottom of the first, but not again until the home half of the eight.
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A day after the heartbreaking loss at Bexley, the Red Raiders found themselves engaged in another extra-inning affair, and again they were unable to find a way to win.
The Warriors got a two-run home run from Scott Nishizaki in the top of the 11th inning to help propel his team to victory. Zach Jacobs suffered the loss for London.
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The Roughriders (7-3, 3-1) scored a combined 34 runs in a non-league doubleheader against visiting Shekinah Christian Saturday, April 12.
Logan Stepp was the beneficiary in the opening game as he held the Flames (0-5) to just one hit, while West Jeff collected 16 hits.
The second game was much the same as Dillon Jones gave up a single hit in the win. West Jeff followed up it’s 16-hit barrage in the first game with 17 more in the second.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.