The Smithton Storm’s bats woke up late in its inaugural game against the Chillicothe Post 25 Cardinals.
Each team had stranded six runners entering the seventh inning, Chillicothe leading 6-0.
Caleb Philips reached on a grounder to short Chillicothe’s first baseman failed to pick. A Kenton Stover grounder entered the outfield through the second baseman’s legs. When the ball returned to the infield, Chillicothe’s shortstop, Tanner Lent, had thrown out Philips at home.
The Storm then produced four runs on two consecutive hits from Franklin Oswald, Nate Walsh and another Cardinal fielding error. A double made it a 2-run deficit before Smithton ran out of outs in game one of a Wednesday doubleheader, 6-4.
Smithton Storm head coach Jeff Walsh said he chalked-up the scoreless innings to first-game jitters.
“It took us seven full innings to loosen up,” Walsh said. “Just butterflies. It took a full game to get loose, and when we started swinging the bat, we started to come alive.”
The Cardinals led 4-0 in the fourth after a Kyle Davis ground-rule double. Davis and Zach Foyt scored in the sixth on a throwing error to first from third. In the first inning, Chillicothe’s rally was suspended when their No. 5 hitter, centerfielder Chase Wheeler, was absent for his at-bat.
Cardinals head coach Shawn Clark said Wheeler was running late from lifeguard certification training.
“He just wasn’t here yet,” Clark said.
Chillicothe played with two outfielders for one out in the first before Wheeler arrived and entered the game. He singled twice, scored and was scheduled to start game two on the mound.
Smithton started Spencer Moore in game two, which did not conclude before deadline. The Storm next competes at the Memorial Day Tournament in Sedalia beginning Saturday.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2