423 Juniors drop doubleheader
A rusty Junior Post 423 team failed to find their groove Thursday afternoon dropping a doubleheader to the South Caldwell Spartans 9-0 in both games.
“The scoreboard shows it all,” coach 423 head coach Curtis Snethen said after the two losses. “They shut us out both games.”
Post 423 entered the game with a 6-1 record but showed no glimpses of the solid play that had earned them that record. From the outset Post 423 struggled with their pitching surrending 11 hits and four walks in the first game to South Caldwell.
The flood gates opened in the third with a five-hit inning that translated into four runs for South Caldwell. Coach Snethen tried to stop the bleeding with a pitching change late in the inning but it failed to slow down the South Caldwell bats.
“Our pitchers couldn’t throw strikes,” Sneathen said. “Our best pitcher today was Lucas Condrey, a rising freshman, and he’s like our sixth guy.”
The second half of the double hitter was more of the same.
South Caldwell opened the first inning scoring two runs on three hits. An inning later and two more pitching changes and South Caldwell was up 4-0.
South Caldwell’s hitting wasn’t the only thing going for them on the night. Pitchers Mason Tengyn and Jacob Raby dominated the Post 423 batters all afternoon. Post 423 failed to reach base until the bottom of the fifth in the first game and managed only four hits on the day.
“We just got back off break and obviously you could tell we were just not ready to play,” a disappointed Sneathen commented. “I think our guys didn’t do much work in the last ten days. I doubt they even picked up a baseball and it obviously showed. We’ve got some hitters but (they) didn’t swing very well and we didnt’ get runners into scoring postion. We were rusty.”