With Mother Nature finally cooperating for the Troy Christian baseball team, the Eagles took out their frustrations last week in a 22-2 Metro Buckeye Conference game on Thursday night in Xenia. The game was played on the Athletes in Action stadium, which is the home of Xenia Christian’s baseball team.
“The good news is we had the opportunity and had a chance to practice a lot, even jf we were not able to get into the infield,” Troy Christian coach Tony Ferraro said. “We got some swings in and throw the baseball around a little bit.”
“That was such a beautiful stadium and it was good to play there.”
It didn’t take the Eagles long to set the tone in this one, as they scored eight runs in their first at-bat, leading 8-0 after the opening half inning.
“We came out hitting the ball and finding the gaps, and it was nice to find some open spaces,” Ferraro said. “One of the keys is putting the ball in play, and going the other way with the ball.”
Troy Christian recorded all singles and walked in the big opening inning, and their offensive continued with a run in the second and third, again all with singles and walks.
Xenia Christian scored on back to back doubles in the opening inning to get on the board.
“We continued to put the ball in play with only one strikeout in the first four innings,” Ferraro said. “We have been working on that in the cage.”
The floodgates opened in the fifth when Troy Christian scored 12 more runs to push their lead to 22-1. The Eagles hit four doubles in the inning with multiple walks.
Seven total Eagles all had two hits each in the game, including Cameron Davee with four runs batted in, Scott Douglas added three RBIs, Peyton Forrer had three runs batted in, Chade Hayden also contributed two runs batted in.
Sam Kirkpatrick also added two RBIs, with three coming from Andrew Strait and Jacob Williams added one. Troy Christian had doubles from Davee, Douglass, Kirkpatrick, and Louden Saulbeamer.
Williams pitched four innings with eight strikeouts and allowed seven hits. He also didn’t walk a batter. Douglass added one inning on the mound.
In the game, the Eagles reached base 14 times on walks with 15 hits.
The Eagles are now 2-0 in the league, and Ferraro knows that the quick start will benefit his team.
“We went in with the idea of competing at the highest level, and when you get off to a fast start, things start to go our way,” he said.
They are now 3-3 overall, and it was their only played last week.