Middle school JV team plays first game; Evans sets single game strikeout mark

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 On March 17, the Campbell County middle school baseball team recorded a first: the first junior varsity middle school game. This is just one of the progressions CCHS Head Coach Brad Collette envisioned in the evolution of CC Baseball. This season has eight scheduled doubleheaders with the varsity playing the first game and the JV playing the second. But before that historic game, another historic mark was made in the varsity game. Andrew Evans broke Tate McGhee’s mark for the most strikeouts in a game for a pitcher (6) by striking out 11 Coalfield batters in 5 innings.

On a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day, the varsity game began between CCMS vs. the home team Coalfield. Max Farris led off for CCMS with a walk, Matt Ogden ripped a single into right and then both scored on a single by Tate McGhee to give CCMS its first lead, 3-0. In the bottom of the first, Evans got Coalfield’s Bryson to ground out (Ellison to Jeffers) before giving up a single and then an RBI double to another batter who also scored on a wild pitch to close the score, 3-2. Evans retired the last two Coalfield hitters on strikeouts.

In the second, CCMS went down on strikes. In the bottom of the second, Evans got a batter to ground out (Ellison to Jeffers) and then struck out the next two hitters to retire Coalfield on 13 pitches. In the third, CCMS mounted a threat when Evans singled and Jeffers walked, but nothing else materialized. In the bottom of the third, Evans struck out the first three hitters, but one of the strikeouts was missed by the catcher and the batter made it to first. So, Evans had the final Coalfield hitter ground out to Jeffers for the “fourth” out.

In the top of the fourth, CCMS loaded the bases on a walk to Brady Orick, a single by Payton Ellison and a walk to Brandon Miller. But only one run was scored on an RBI walk to McGhee to make the score 4-2 in favor of CCMS. In the bottom of the fourth, Evans gave up a single. The batter stole second and third, and came home after a controversial interference call. Coach Andy Ellison contested the call, but he umpire allowed the runner to stay at third and then score on a throwing error to make the score 4-3. Evans proceeded to strike out two, gave up his only walk, and a ground out (Ellison to Jeffers).

In the fifth inning, the CCMS bats exploded. Jeffers reached on a throwing error. With one out, Orick ripped a single and reached second on an error. Ellison drove both in with a single. Miller walked, Farris singled, and then Ogden and McGhee platted runs with two walks. Evans scored 2 more with a single to center. Jeffers batted again and walked, scoring on a sacrifice hit by Adam Markley to make the score 13-3, with 9 runs coming in the inning. Evans needed 20 pitches to shut down Coalfield in the fifth and give CCMS its first win of the 2011 season. 

Evans set a CCMS record with 11 strikeouts, pitched 5 innings, threw 101 pitches, scattered 4 hits, held Coalfield to a .200 average and walked only 1 while giving up 2 earned runs. Evans also drove in 2 runs and was 2-for-4. Ellison set a CCMS record for third base with 4 assists and was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Orick was 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. McGhee led the team with 4 RBI. CCMS hit .391, 8 of 9 players scored, and 7 of 9 got a hit and drove in a run. The team also fielded .905, the second straight game with a fielding percentage of .900.  

In the nightcap, the CCMS JV team took the field for the first time. Logan Orick, younger brother to Brady, ripped a single for the first hit. After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, CCMS scored 5 runs (Ben Bostic scored the first) in the second inning on 2 hits (Orick, Bostic), 2 walks (Ray, Tackett) and 4 Coalfield errors. CCMS won the game 5-4. Matt Ogden pitched 2 innings, threw 43 pitches, gave up 4 hits and 1 earned run, struck out 2 batters and walked 1 for the win. Logan Orick was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI. Isaac Ford had an RBI, the first for the JV. It was a terrific start for the CCMS-JV program.