It was a big week for the Troy Christian baseball team, as they used solid pitching and steady defense to gain a pair of shutout victories.
The Eagles opened the week with a productive 15-0 run-rule victory over Jackson Center, as Peyton Forrer pitched a one hitter, striking out 11 and only allowing one walk in the victory.
“He really pitched well against Jackson Center,” said Troy Christian coach Tony Ferraro. “He has been coming along lately, and his last three outings have been solid. He is doing a nice job mixing his pitches well.”
Offensively for the Eagles, Scott Douglas scored four runs as part of the attack, while Cameron Davee added three hits in the victory. Jacob Williams also had three runs batted in for the Eagles.
*Also last week, the Eagles pitching delivered another strong performance as Jacob Williams and Douglas pitched their second consecutive shutout, as Troy Christian defeated Emmanuel Christian 5-0 in a game that saw the Eagles break open the game in the fourth inning.
Williams pitched the first six innings allowing six hits and struck out 11 batters. Douglas threw the seventh striking out three.
Chase Hayden had a hit in the second inning, and later came into score on a single from Williams to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
While Williams was shutting down Emmanuel Christian on the mound, the Eagles put the game away in the fourth. Williams reached on a fielders choice, Davee added a single and Forrer ripped a two run double to push their lead to 3-0.
Louden Saulbeamer added a run scoring single in the fourth to make it 4-0, and Troy Christian capped the scoring later in the game on an error.
“It was our second straight shutout, and we had no errors defensively which is something we have been working on hard in practice every day,” Ferraro said.
“Our pitchers are doing a better job getting ahead of the hitters and mixing in off-speed pitched making our fastballs more effective.”
“Defensively we had four double plays in the two games which makes me excited, since we work on our situation fundamentals every day and the players are rising to the occasion that we are going in the right
The Eagles defeated Xenia Christian 5-0 on Friday, as Douglas threw another one-hitter, with 11 strikeouts and only one walk. He also added three hits, and Davee had two runs batted in.
On Thursday, the Eagles jumped out in front of Yellow Springs 8-2 in the third inning when the storms hit and the game was completed on Saturday. Troy Christian ended up sweeping the doubleheader 17-2 and 18-5.