On the heels of a 3-game winning streak, the CCMS baseball team faced off against Oneida on the road on April 18.
CCMS has never beaten Oneida, although the games have been close. Andrew Evans, who leads the team with 2 wins this season, had never faced Oneida. So Coach Andy Ellison sent Evans to face the Indians. CCMS failed to score in the first. Evans toed the rubber and got the leadoff batter to ground out (Ellison to Sanders) before walking the next two. The Oneida clean-up batter hit a tailor-made double play grounder; instead an error allowed a run to score. A second run scored on a passed ball and a third on a ground out to Sanders at first. Without giving up a hit, Evans and CCMS found themselves down 3-0. For the rest of the game Evans pitched shutout ball with a 2-hitter. Still, the CCMS bats went silent (3-for-16, .188) as only Max Farris, Brady Orrick and Adam Markley collected hits. Evans had a 6-game hitting streak stopped, during which he had collected 11 straight hits and batted .857. CCMS lost 3-0.
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, April 23, CCMS hosted Oliver Springs. Evans pitched well with 18 pitches, 14 for strikes, yet two errors and one hit allowed two runs to score. CCMS bats came alive in the bottom of the first, as 13 batters strode to the plate with shortstop Tate McGhee collecting a single, a triple, scoring a run and driving in three during the inning. Evans had the only other hit, an RBI single. Combined with 7 walks and 3 errors, CCMS went up 9-2. Evans needed just 9 pitches in the second and 8 in the third to retire Oliver Springs.
CCMS tacked on three more runs in the second and another in the third. Oliver Springs scored one run in the fourth to make the score 13-3. The game was called due to the mercy rule. The win broke last year’s inaugural season win total of 4 and set the Cougars record at 5-6. It was the third win for Evans (3-2, 2.45 ERA). McGhee drove in three runs to break Spencer Roberts mark from last year for the most RBI in a season with 13.
Later Saturday evening, CCMS traveled to Scott County to make up an earlier rainout. Ethan Jeffers, the reigning ERA leader with 1.63, got the nod from Coach Ellison. CCMS struck first with three runs in the top of the first. Farris, Evans and Brady Orick scored. In the bottom of the first, Jeffers gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and CCMS made an error to allow 4 runs to score. In the top of the second, CCMS scored three runs on four walks and an error to take the lead, 6-4. In the bottom of the second, Scott County chased Jeffers, who gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, and CCMS gave up an error and 4 runs. McGhee came in with two men on and gave up a double to close the book on Jeffers. McGhee retired the last three batters he faced in the second. Scott County led 10-6. CCMS scored another run in the third to close the gap to 10-7. McGhee retired Scott County in the third on 17 pitches. In the top of the fourth, CCMS loaded the bases but couldn’t push a run in and lost, 10-7, with a time limit ending the game. Campbell County’s record fell to 5-7.
In junior varsity action, Brady Orick pitched a 3-inning no-hitter vs. Oneida on April 18. Orick also struck out 5 batters and walked 5 en route to the win. CCMS won, 2-1, with 3 hits provided by Matt Ogden (RBI), Ben Bostic and Derrik Bailey. Seth Tackett also had an RBI. CCMS fielded 1.000 for the game and improved to an impressive 5-2-1. On April 23, the JV took on Scott County and won, 8-2, again behind the pitching of Brady Orick (3 innings, 41 pitches, 1 hit, 2 runs, 0 ER, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks) and Aaron Sanders (1 inning relief, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks). Farris and Nate Stevens scored twice each. Tackett, Bostic, Isaac Ford, Brady Orick and Logan Orick all scored. Stevens, Bostic, Ford and Markley all had hits. Jared Ray drove in 2 runs. The JV is coached by Greg Tackett and is 6-2-1.