EDINBURGH — With a team comprised of mostly underclassmen, Edinburgh started the baseball season on a strong note as it defeated Indianapolis Howe 11-1 in five innings Tuesday.
Despite only two hits in the entire game, the Lancers took advantage of the seven Howe fielding errors.
“We played a clean game out in the field, despite a couple of miscues,” Edinburgh coach Cole Zook said. Overall, I was pleased with how these guys played very well tonight.”
“I don’t think it was a lack of focus out there, but just that these guys are just inexperienced because some of them are playing competitive baseball for the first time,” Howe coach Dick Bradshaw said. “We didn’t get a lot of practice in with them over the last couple weeks because of the weather and spring break.”
It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the second inning when Edinburgh got the first run on the scoreboard. The bottom of the third inning, however, was when the game broke wide open as the Lancers scored seven runs in the inning led by a double from Kinser Bryant and a RBI single from Zach Smiley
“We stayed patient at the plate and took advantage of their fielding miscues,” Zook said of the third inning. “We stole some bases tonight, but at other times in the game, we did not get a good jump on the pitcher, and that is something we’ll work on.”
Edinburgh junior Kevin Johnson recorded 10 strikeouts to only one walk and zero earned runs. The only run scored off Johnson came from a wild pitch.
“He pitched really well for us tonight,” Zook said. “He got off to a slow start at first. Once he got into the groove, though, he starting hitting his spots very well, and it was good to see him have major control over his curveball.”
“I believe I pitched a good game tonight, especially being only the first game of the year,” Johnson said. “Surrendering only two hits tonight, and the rest I have to credit the team’s defense at getting those pop and grounders for easy outs.”
Edinburgh’s Doug Scrogham was hit on the jaw by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning. He did, however, stay in the game until the start of the fifth inning, when Zook decided to pull him from the game once the Lancers managed to get the huge lead.
“It is kind of swollen a little bit, but he told me he was fine after that hit,” Zook said. “He is one tough kid and should be alright. If he tells me something different in the next few days, then we will get it checked out.”