In their home opener of the season, the Meade County High School Greenwave Baseball team took the field against the DeSales Colts on March 31, an evening that was better suited for heavy jackets, gloves, and hats rather than baseball uniforms. Meade showed up ready to get things started and took the field with their senior pitcher Tucker Crawley taking the mound. It took Crawley a few batters to get settled in, giving up a single and a walk to the first two batters. DeSales did get a run across the plate on a passed ball before Meade could get out of the inning.
“Our pitching wasn’t bad; Tucker gives us a good chance of winning each time he takes the mound. He is always solid when he goes out there to pitch, and I was very pleased to see how he went out there and pitched today,” Head Coach Justin Amburgy said of the pitching.
On the Offensive side of the ball, Meade found it difficult to make solid contact against the DeSales pitcher. Even though Meade was able to get runners on, they just could not put anything together to move them around the bases. Both teams settled in after the first keeping runners from reaching base or keeping them on base. Meade was able to tie the game when junior Gavyn Heiner reached base after getting hit by a ball. Heiner advanced to second on a bunt, then stole third on a passed ball, and scored on an error by the DeSales third basemen.
“We need to execute better at the plate and get more runners on base. We can’t wait until the sixth inning to tie things up, we need to be aggressive and get out in front,” Amburgy said of the team’s offense. “We need to get runs across the plate early, that way we can build some momentum. We didn’t have any momentum at all throughout this game, so it felt good to score that run, but if you don’t get anything in the middle you start pressing, and that’s when things start to happen.”
In the top of the sixth, senior Kizer Burnett came in as relief pitcher for Crawley. Burnett gave up a pair of walks and a single in this first outing, but the defense behind him was able to get out of the inning before DeSales had a chance to score, keeping the game tied.
In the top of the seventh, Meade began having a case of the errors. Meade committed a pair errors which allowed DeSales to load the bases, then committed a third allowing DeSales to score a run. Desales would score two more runs on a single, then another when Burnett hit a batter with a pitch with the bases loaded. Meade finally got out of the inning but found themselves trailing 5-1. The game would end with DeSales completing a double play to hand Meade their first loss of the season.
“In that last inning, we started to press and make mistakes, and that’s ok, this is our first game of the season. We will learn from those mistakes and learn what we have to do going forward. I always tell the boys that our goal is score one run an inning, if we can do that it’s hard to lose games when you’re putting seven runs up on the board.” Amburgy said after the game.