Archive for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

McLouth baseball sweeps Atchison County in opener

March 25, 2008

— Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the seventh in its home opener, the McLouth High baseball squad looked to be finished against Atchison County in the first game of its doubleheader.

That changed in a hurry.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases with three walks in the final frame and senior Ryan Smith stepped to the plate to smack a three-run triple. Then Derrick Crouse came up and knocked a game-winning, two-run homer for a dramatic 10-9 victory.

"The first game was a little shaky due to what I feel were first game jitters for a lack of better words," coach Clay Mayer said, adding that a lot of underclassmen contributed because the team was missing some starters who were out with illness. "The younger guys stepped up into their roles just fine as we won game one in an exciting fashion."

Crouse's blast was all the momentum McLouth needed and they beat ACCHS, 10-0, in five innings in the second contest.

Crouse and Mark Stewart each batted in three runs in the rout.

"Game two showed everyone what we're about," Mayer said. "Attack hard, attack early, and put the pressure on the other team so we can focus on having fun."

Smith pitched 6 1/3 innings in the first game and struck out 15 batters. Crouse threw the shutout in game two, allowing just four hits and allowing no walks.

MHS (2-0) returns to the field at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Wellsville.

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