school boys baseball
Monday, March 31
lose baseball opener
Yellow Springs High School varsity baseball team braved bitter cold temperatures
and bone-chilling wind in its season opener Monday. But the Bulldogs
bats were as cold as the weather and they eventually lost 132 to
the Newton High School Indians after the 10-run rule was enforced.
Newton jumped on the scoreboard early, plating 5 runs in the first two
innings, and 7 more in the third.
The Dogs were never able to catch up. Senior Sam Jacobs pitched
fairly well over three innings, but a defense that showed its inexperience
allowed 7 unearned runs to score before the end of the third.
After the game coach Chris Rainey said that although his team only committed
three errors, his players inexperience showed in the way they fielded
YSHS was without three starters. We had guys filling in who had
never played in a high school game before, Rainey said.
With one out in the fourth, junior Walt Beer singled to center to record
the Bulldogs first hit of the ballgame, but he was forced out at
second when freshman Issa Walkers screaming line drive was scooped
up by the Indians second baseman, who quickly started the four-six-three
double play to end the inning.
Beer, who started the game at firstbase, then relieved Jacobs on the mound.
Beer struck out two batters and gave up an earned run in his only inning
The Bulldogs lone highlight came when junior center fielder Dustin
Rudegeair made a diving catch to stop the bleeding and put an end to the
bottom of the third inning.
Yellow Springs scored its first run of the game in the second when Rudegeair
hit into a fielders choice, driving home sophomore catcher Martin
Bakari. Bakari drew a walk to lead off the inning. Bakari also scored
the Bulldogs second run of the game when sophomore Noah Woodburn
hit an RBI single up the middle in the fourth.
The game was called after the top of the fifth because YSHS failed to
keep the deficit to under 10 runs.
to play in All-Star game
YSHS basketball fans will have one more chance this weekend to watch two
seniors take the court, when Andrew Richlen and Brent Robinson will play
in the District 15 All-Star game this Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m., at the
Centerville High School gym.
Brad Newsome, the YSHS boys varsity coach, will captain the bench for
the squad that features Robinson, Richlen and other stars from the Metro
Buckeye Conference. Newsomes team will oppose another group of all-stars
from District 15, coached by Clinton Massies Brian Mudd.
This is the second All-Star game that Newsome has participated in since
becoming the Bulldogs head coach two years ago. In 2001, Newsome
coached in the District 9
All-Star contest. Im looking forward to coaching some of the
outstanding players we faced this season, Newsome said, noting that it
will be nice to have a Tyler Kettering of Xenia Christian
or a Regi Shedd of Jefferson on our side for once.
Newsome said in the limited practice time that his players have concentrated
on shooting drills. He has also worked on making the players feel relaxed
together. The important thing about these games is that everybody
gets about equal playing time, and that everybody has fun, he said.