Southeast stunned by Southwest
After watching the Southwest team narrowly defeat the East representatives on Monday afternoon, the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars (representing the Southeast) got their crack at the boys from Houston, Texas. And the normally offensive-minded Southeast squad got just two hits and fell to the Southwest, 12-1, in five innings.
“I think today was more about what we didn’t do,” Southeast head coach Curtis Snethen said after the loss.
Southeast starter Cameron Snethen started the game with two strikeouts and a groundout, but it all seemed to come unraveled in the second inning.
“Cameron is a leader and he takes a lot of responsibility on himself. He let that second inning get away from him. He wanted a couple calls that he didn’t get and he let it bother him. He needs to learn from that,” Curtis Snethen said.
The Southwest only scored one run in the second, but the effects lingered into the third when Cameron Snethen committed two balks before being pulled off the mound in favor of Levi Parks.
Three hits, two balks and a throwing error allowed the Southwest to stretch the lead to 5-0.
“When your starting pitcher doesn’t stay composed it trickles down,” Curtis Snethen said.
The Southeast team struggled against Southwest starter Hayden Rome recording just one hit off the hard-throwing righty, a groundball single from Adam McDowell in the first inning.
The Southwest blew the game open in the fourth inning with a seven-run rally against three different Southeast pitchers to balloon their lead to 12-0.
“We took [Cameron Snethen] out early to get some other guys some work so they could get some jitters out and not have it carry over into other games,” Curtis Snethen said.
The Southeast finally got on the board in the fourth inning when a Jace Crowe double to right chased home Levi Parks who reach earlier on an error, but the damage stopped there.
Sam McArthur took the mound for the Southeast in the top of the fifth and stifled a threat by the Southwest and held them scoreless in the inning.
The Southeast needed two runs to stay alive in the bottom of the fifth, but instead they went down in order and the Southwest sealed the 12-1 win.
The Southeast moves into the loser’s bracket and will face the Central team today at 3 p.m. PST.
“I have confidence in these guys. We’ve lost to team before 12-1, 15-0 … we’re going to bounce back,” Curtis Snethen said. “[Today] we’ll go with Joey Daigle on the mound who stays composed for the most part. Tomorrow is a new day.”