OLD WASHINGTON − “Well that was pretty ugly, but I guess we got the job done. And in the end that’s what really counts, so we will take it.”
That’s how Buckeye Trail head baseball coach Cory McQuain summed up his team’s doubleheader sweep on Saturday over visiting Meadowbrook High.
Trail took the twin bill by 3-2 in game one, followed by a 7-4 victory to improve its season mark to 14-2 on the season.
Following the day’s action, Colts’ head coach Sam Fondriest couldn’t help thinking what might have been if his squad held on for the game one win.
“Disappointed in the first game,” Fondriest explained. “We got the early lead on them, and kind of took our foot off the gas I think. We had other opportunities to cash in and build on the lead, but could not get it done.”
After scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the game one win, McQuain sent senior Isaac Beaver to the mound in game two looking for the sweep.
Beaver did his job by tossing five innings of shutout baseball to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead.
The veteran hurler allowed just two hits with one strikeout and three walks to earn the victory.
“Isaac threw well, gave us a strong five innings,” McQuain added. “Then we brought in Easton Rominger, he’s a freshman who has been doing well at the JV level and earned an opportunity to get out there. Then in the seventh, Mason had not pitched for 10 to 12 days and we needed to get him some work.
“You could tell he had not been on the mound for a while, and was a little rusty,” McQuain continued. “But hey two Ws, even if it’s not the prettiest they still count. We have been used to playing every other day, and that’s what happens when you get some down time.”
Supplying Beaver with run support was Tyler Harrell who stroked an RBI single off Meadowbrook starter Tye Griffith to plate Garrett Burga, who reached with a base hit leading off the second inning. Harrell would then score the second run of the frame on a Meadowbrook error for the 2-0 Trail lead.
Buckeye Trail extended its lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the third, with Braden Williams picking up an RBI with a ground ball out. Senior Cannon Clum brought home the second run with a sharp single into left field for the 4-0 advantage.
In the sixth inning, the host added on with a three-run rally to push the lead out to 7-0. Nick Neuhart and pinch hitter Owen Carpenter delivered back-to-back RBI singles. Mason McQuain capped the inning, picking up an RBI with a ground ball out.
Heading to the seventh down 7-0, Meadowbrook was able to find some life and pushed across a four-run inning off Trail reliever Mason McQuain to pull within 7-4.
Senior Easton Eibel banged out an RBI base hit, with Evan Dyer being hit by pitch with the bases loaded for an easy RBI.
McQuain would settle down and retire the next three hitters following Eibel’s RBI single to close out the win.
“I think we came out a little flat after the tough loss in game one,” Fondriest offered. “Lacked a little energy at the start, but we competed and made it a game in the seventh. Starting putting together some better ABs, so I’m really proud of my guys for competing to the very end.”
Griffith took the loss for the Colts (4-18), allowing four runs on five hits in four innings of work. Eibel finished with a pair of singles to lead the Colts’ five hit attack.
Clum and Neuhart each singled twice for Buckeye Trail to lead the second game offensive attack.
Picking up the game winning hit in the game one victory was Williams, whose two out single to right field in the bottom of the seventh plated Mason McQuain with the walk off game winner.
Clum picked up the game one win on the mound in relief of Neuhart, working two innings allowing just one hit with one strikeout.
Williams doubled, singled with an RBI to pace Trail’s 10 hit first game offense, while Mason McQuain, Neuhart and Beaver each chipped in with a pair of base hits.
Jacob Justice absorbed the tough pitching loss for Meadowbrook in a complete game effort. Justice allowed three runs on 10 hits with a pair of Ks.
Braden Jones collected an RBI single and Griffith added a base hit to lead Meadowbrook’s limited first game offense.
NEXT − Both teams return to action on Monday at 5 p.m., with Buckeye Trail visiting East Canton while Meadowbrook hits he road to Crooksville.