Tiger baseball season starts with 5 wins
Last updated 3/29/2018 at 2:17pm
The baseball season got off to a great start for the Tigers, as their first five games brought them five straight victories.
Against Medical Lake, a school in the 1A classification, the Tigers gave no quarter and handily defeated the Cardinals by 11-1 and 15-2 in the two games of a March 20 double-header.
The first game saw freshman starting pitcher Jett Nelson go three innings, allowing only three hits but no runs. He struck out five batters and walked one. Nelson was relieved in the fourth by Theron Schlomer, who allowed two hits and one run. He struck out five and walked two. Nelson threw 49 pitches, 34 of them strikes, and Schlomer also threw 49 pitches, 31 of them strikes.
Nelson also had a good day at the plate, getting two hits that brought in two RBIs. Camden Weber also had two hits resulting in three RBIs, and Jayd Jennings had two hits that resulted in three runs. Colton Hunt hit a triple, with Hayden Miller, Jennings and Weber each hitting a double.
The second game of the double-header had starting pitcher Weber going three innings, throwing 40 pitches of which 26 were strikes. He allowed two hits, no runs, struck out two and walked one. He was relieved in the fourth by freshman Tim DeWulf who gave up two runs on two hits, struck out four and walked three. He threw 48 pitches (23 strikes) during an inning and a half before being relieved by Marcus King who closed out the fifth inning that concluded the game.
Senior Colton Hunt had three hits that produced two runs and resulted in four RBIs. Hunt, King, Schlomer and Brad Singer also each had a double at the plate.
The Tigers committed no errors, while Medical Lake was credited with six errors.
In a single game against Ritzville on March 22, Hunt was the starting pitcher, as the coaches gave several players the opportunity to show their stuff. Hunt pitched two innings, in which he struck out one, walked three and gave up two runs on two hits. He threw 40 pitches, 17 for strikes.
Eric Johnston pitched the next two innings, throwing 20 strikes out of 43 pitches. He allowed five runs on four hits, while striking out one and walking two.
Joshua Clark then pitched for the next two innings, throwing 41 pitches of which 24 were strikes. Allowing three runs on two hits, he struck out one and walked three.
King pitched the final inning, throwing 31 pitches of which 15 were strikes. The three hits he allowed brought in one run, and he struck out one and walked one.
Nelson drove in five RBIs to earn accolades in the offensive end of the game. Weber pounded out a triple and two doubles for another quality outing at bat. Hunt and Schlomer also got doubles.
Against Republic on March 24, the Odessa team gave the opponents no chance at all, getting no-hitters in both games of the double-header.
In the first game, Theron Schlomer went all four innings as pitcher, allowing no hits, striking out seven and walking two. He threw 56 pitches of which 35 were strikes.
Odessa batters came out swinging in the first inning, racking up 17 runs. The opponents got nothing going offensively against Schlomer’s pitching. Republic was also credited with 10 errors, while Odessa had none. The game ended after three and a half innings with the score 24-0.
Weber hit a home run and a double. Nelson also had a double. Hunt, Jennings, King and Weber each had three RBIs.
Game two was a repeat of the first game, with a big first inning for Odessa. Starting pitcher Weber went two innings, throwing 36 pitches, 20 for strikes, struck out six and walked one. In relief, DeWulf threw 26 pitches, 17 for strikes, struck out five and walked one.
King and Weber both hit home runs in the first inning. DeWulf had a triple and two doubles. Also hitting doubles were King (2), Jennings and Schlomer. King put up five RBIs and DeWulf three.