Beavers rally in 7th, but still fall to Horns, 4-3
Delivering a pitch during the nightcap in Friday’s game at Holcomb is SCHS junior Sloan Baker. He finished the game with a season high nine strikeouts.
By Rod Haxton, editor
After scoring the game-tying run in the top of the seventh inning, Scott Community High School gave up a walk-off single in the bottom half of the inning to complete a double-header loss at Holcomb in Great West Activities Conference play on Friday.
Even with their third double-header sweep of
the season, the Beavers (0-6) had their best outing with both games going the full seven inning distance.
Defense continues to be an issue for SCHS following the 12-7, 5-4 losses. They combined for eight errors in the two games.
“We can’t afford to give up four or five outs a game,” says head coach Neil Baker. “Our infielders are making more of the routine plays. We need to find outfielders who can make the routine catches.
“It’s tough for a pitcher to stay focused when errors are being committed behind him. I thought Keigun (Wells) and Sloan (Baker) were able to stay focused which is what kept us in both games.”
At the same time, Coach Baker notes that the Beavers field a young infield lineup - three freshmen and a sophomore - when Baker’s on the mound.
In each of their last four games, Scott City has held the lead in either the first or second innings. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Justin Faurot and Kyle Cure each singled and Gustavo Gonzales walked to load the bases. Faurot and Gonzales each scored on infield outs.
Two SCHS fielding errors in the bottom half of the inning allowed Holcomb to take a 3-2 lead.
SCHS tied the game in the fourth inning when Hunter Braun reached base on a two-out error and scored on a single by Wells. The Beavers had a chance to take the lead when they filled the bases following a pair of walks, but the threat ended with a pop out.
Holcomb tied the game again in the bottom of the fourth with three consecutive singles. They only scored one run and left two runners stranded when starting pitcher Sloan Baker was able to close the frame with a pair of strikeouts.
After the second inning, the SCHS defense played much better. Baker and his defense allowed just one run over the next four innings and retired the Longhorns in order in the fifth and sixth innings.
Gonzales, who reached base with three walks in the game, opened the seventh inning with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Aguilar. Baker followed with a deep shot to the gap between left-center and was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple to end the inning.
Holcomb was able to get a runner on base when a shallow fly ball was misplayed in short left field for an error. Baker followed with his ninth strikeout of the night before giving up a game-winning single down the right field line.
Baker (0-3) had a solid night on the mound, giving up just one walk and only two earned runs.
The Beavers had just six hits - Baker’s double and five singles.
Holcomb Scores Early
SCHS scored first, but it was Holcomb who jumped out to a big 7-1 lead in the first two innings and made that hold up for a 12-7 win in the opener.
Facing Holcomb ace Conner VanCleave, junior Hunter Braun hit a one-out single and scored on a double by Wells in the top of the first inning.
Trailing 7-1, Scott City chipped away at the lead with two runs in the third inning. After Baker had reached base on a walk, Wells hit a one-out RBI single. Wells scored on an infield out.
Holcomb stretched their lead to 10-3 in the bottom of the fourth, but Scott City answered with three runs in the top half of the fifth. Baker hit a leadoff triple and scored on a single by Braun. That was followed by back-to-back doubles by Wells and Reid.
SCHS had a season-high 10 hits. Five of those were for extra bases, including two doubles by both Wells and Reid and Baker’s triple.
“Our upperclassmen are doing a good job of putting the ball in play,” says Coach Baker. “Our seven runs were scored by the top three hitters in our batting order.”
The freshmen had six strikeouts in the game.
“That’s not a big surprise considering they were seeing VanCleave, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, for the first time,” says Baker.
“He has a fast ball that runs in on right-handed batters and we had boys backing away from that and getting called strikes.”
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