All it took was 5 hits from the Gillespie Middle School Indians as the team won their first game of the season. With 4 runs cashed in from 5 hits, the Indians beat local rival Southwestern Piasa Birds August 15. It was a defensive match-up the entire game as it was tied 2-2 going in the sixth inning. With 3 of the 5 hits coming in the sixth inning, the Indians seemed to find their groove as they sent the birds flying after 2 runs crossed the plate in the sixth. Southwestern attempted to make a stab in the dark, but closer Nick Price only allotted one run, which was not enough to send the game into extra innings.
The Indians could only combine for 5 hits tonight. As the team was only allowed 2 weeks to practice, we should expect more tallies in the hit column as the season progresses. Balzraine provided the first hit for the Indians in the first inning, but no response came until the third inning when McKinney hit a triple. McKinney later was hit in by Balzraine on a sacrifice to bring the first run to Indians. McKinney, Balzraine, Nick Price, Evan Price, and McDaniel all teamed up with one hit a piece to provide the 5 hits for the team on the opening game winner. RBI’s came from: McKinney (1), Balzraine (1), and McDaniel (2).
Eli Fox was king of the hill for the Indians last night as Fox pitched 5 innings and waved 8. Fox gave up 2 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks. There were a few mistakes last night as Fox led the team, but the defensive squad battled out of many tight positions. Not an inning went by without a Piasa Bird stranded on the base path. 8 runners were stranded for the Birds, 3 in the third inning. Nick Price relieved Fox after the 5th inning. Price pitched just a single inning and gave up 1 run, 2 hits, as well as striking out one. Price went on to get the win for the Indians and Fox was granted the no-decision.
The Indians come back alive tonight, August 16, with a 1-0 record and big morale.
UP NEXT: Mt. Olive @ Welfare Park, 4:00pm on August 16.