Concord battles against Madison

Caylin Bell, Staff Writer

An epic battle went out in the first game of Concord against Madison.  The non-conference doubleheader provided an opportunity to play on a relatively nice spring day. 

Coach Max Clark started freshman pitcher Jordan Medellin, who shared that “at first I was nervous to go against Madison because they’re such a solid team.  They have some strong hitters.  I just took it pitch by pitch and ended up doing pretty well.”

Although there was a slow start in the beginning, as the boys warmed up, they caught up fast in the 3rd inning as Medellin walked and advanced to 3rd on Dustin Hamilton’s double. Levi Raymond and Lewis Fritz both walked, bringing in Medellin for a score. Then Isaac Waldron hit a single, bringing in Hamilton for a tie of 2-2. Timar Spratley singled bringing Raymond home for a score of 3-2. 

Progressing into the 4th inning, Madison scores another bringing the score to a tie 3-3. Medellin hits a single and steals 2nd. Tyler Carpenter hits a single advancing Medellin to 3rd. Raymond hits a fly ball, and Medellin comes home, making the score 4-3.  Then speedy senior Carpenter steals 3rd, Anthony Evans and  Fritz walk, and Isaac Waldron hits a single for another RBI making the score 5-3. Evans runs home bringing the score 6-3 for an end to the 4th inning. Going into the 5th inning, some outfield errors were made on the field that allowed a hard hitting Madison team to edge ahead. The final score gave Madison the 9-6 win.

Fritz shares the double header recap: “In-game one we were pretty focused. We were up by two in the last inning and had let a couple of errors get to us, and that I believe was our biggest struggle. In-game 2, we all figured out what we needed to fix. We got our errors down and the bats going, and we ended up winning the second game 3-2 because we committed zero errors and played as one team.” The second game’s success was due to lessons learned from the struggles in game one.  Coach Clark adds “In game 2 Timar Spratley hopped on the mound and did a great job shutting down a good hitting team.”

Junior third baseman Isaac Waldron adds, “I feel Friday’s games were a great learning experience, that even when things aren’t going the way we want them too early on if we stick through those rough stretches and keep trying our best with good attitudes eventually things will click, and at that point the game is ours.”  Coach Clark feels the same way “I thought both games went well. Whenever we play a non-conference game our goal is to learn. We don’t worry so much about winning as losing those games.”

Come cheer on the Concord baseball team at home on May 14th at 4:00 to watch the baseball team go against Hanover-Horton.