Mason Kelchner earned the win by throwing five innings and only giving up one unearned run on one hit with seven strikeouts and three walks. Kolin Brace closed the game by throwing two innings giving up zero runs on one hit with zero walks and one strikeout.
At the plate we had 10 hits as a team with Mason Kelchner, Caleb Tanguay, and Ben Smeltzer each going 2-4 with two singles each. Kelchner also added an RBI. Chance Spangler went 3-4 at the plate with two doubles, one single, and an RBI. Jackson Smith had two RBIs. Garret Strange and Brendan Volcko also had one RBI a piece.
“I thought we played very solid baseball tonight. Both Mason and Kolin threw extremely well. Mason only got in trouble in the fourth inning when we allowed the first 3 runners on base with 0 outs. But Mason stayed mentally tough and got out of the inning only allowing one unearned run.”
“Offensively we hit the ball really well. We had 10 hits as a team and squared up a few more right at some guys that didn’t fall for hits. We almost busted it open in the 5th when we loaded the bases with no outs. Then Kolin squares one up right up the middle where the shortstop is holding our runner on at second base and they double him off. That’s just a tough break when a hitter does everything right and it doesn’t go your way. If that ball gets up the middle we score three or four more runs that inning at least.”
“Overall I’m pleased with our approach at the plate, we’re working ourselves into a lot of hitters counts and our strikeouts are very low thus far. Because of that we’re getting a lot of baserunners on base so far this season. We just have to get more of them in,” commented Gremlins head coach
The Gremlins travel to Smithton on Thursday and play Stover at home on Friday. On Saturday, the Gremlins play Pilot Grove (10 a.m.) and Versailles (2 p.m.) in a tournament at Liberty Park.