The second frame during a Thursday baseball game with Sacred Heart and Windsor presented both teams with the same opportunity: bases loaded, one out.
Windsor came away empty-handed after a long Trenton Johnson drive landed in Dylan Hayden’s glove in left field.
Sacred Heart converted their bases-loaded situation into six runs on a few hits and a groundout. The Gremlins went on to win 11-1 in five innings at Centennial Field in Sedalia.
While one inning doesn’t dictate a game, Windsor centerfielder Cole Paxton said the team failed to bounce back from the early deficit.
“We were doing alright and then after they scored their six runs, that’s when our emotions kind of got down,” Paxton said. “(It) kind of seemed like the game was over from there. Our attitudes dropped.”
The game was not over. Zac Racy earned his second RBI of the day with a 1-out single in the third to put Sacred Heart up 7-0.
Josh Nichols took the loss at pitcher for Windsor.
Kollin Brace, who earned the win on the hill for the Gremlins, made it the score 11-0 with an RBI single.
Brace struck out two batters in five innings. He allowed one run in the fourth when Jonathon Astabie placed a single in shallow left field.
An early adjustment carried Brace through a leisurely five innings.
“They weren’t calling strikes on the outside corner,” Brace said. “I noticed that early in the game and had to start working in my curveball more.”
Sacred Heart nearly escaped the second inning with a 1-2-3 double play. Instead, Gremlin catcher Nick Cashman threw to third after putting out the lead runner. In the final inning, Brace was left on the mound to handle a high pop up, which promptly fell out of his glove behind the mound.
Gremlins head coach Jaric Reid said he was happy with a stresses victory, but admitted the team wasn’t spotless.
“The the thing is, we know that,” Reid said about the error. “It’s not a pitcher’s job to catch that ball. They know that … If we can shore up that a little bit and make sure we have our pitcher’s back I think we’ll be fine, as long as we hit the ball like we did today.”
Sacred Heart hosts Pilot Grove at 10 a.m. Saturday at Liberty park, with a game against Warsaw proceeding.
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