The London ACME 18U baseball team opened its season on Thursday, June 5, at home with a 3-1 win against West Jefferson. As usual it was a tough game between the two teams. London was held to just two hits, but made them count and took advantage of walks and an error by West Jeff to score three runs. London pitcher Garrett King went the distance giving up just one run on three hits while notching 13 strikeouts. They meet again for a rematch at West Jefferson on June 23.
London ACME 18U traveled to Triad on Friday, June 6. The contest was close through four innings with the game tied at 2-2. London’s Zach Jacobs had given up just one hit while striking out four. London scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The bottom of the fifth was the turning point with Jacobs coming out of the game with a sore arm. Triad’s bats came alive, while the London defense committed four consecutive errors and Triad plated five runs. Errors and Triad hits continued in the sixth, as it scored seven more runs to win the game 14-4 giving London its first loss of the summer.
London ACME 18U traveled to Ben Logan on Monday, June 9, to take on the Raiders. London played great defense behind the pitching of Garrett King except for the sixth inning when the Raiders scored four runs to take a 6-3 lead. Once again an untimely error combined with a couple walks put London in trouble. King was taken out of the game after 5 1/3 innings giving up just five hits and recording seven strikeouts.
“Errors kill you in baseball,” said coach Greg King. “They change the momentum of the game. You can’t give a good team like Ben Logan an opening.”
The Raiders hits were very timely and efficient as they scored six runs on six hits. Noah Hunter, Jordan Lawrence and Skylar Calhoun had the only hits for London ACME.
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