Eagles quiver Arrows
The New York Mills baseball squad overcame a rocky start to ten-run the Ashby Arrows in less than five innings Thursday 13-3.
Sophomore pitcher Adam Snelgrove came on in relief of starter Jarrod Norton in the second inning and silenced the Ashby bats quickly.
"Adam did a great job, Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "For a sophomore he throws fairly hard and really mixes up his pitches and he's consistently around the plate."
Snelgrove threw four solid innings fanning eight of the 17 batters he faced, walking only two while not surrendering a hit.
According to Bushinger, Norton, who has had very good control in the past, was unable to get comfortable on the mound and hit his spots. He surrendered three runs, two earned, on four walks and one hit, with a strikeout.
"My plan was to use three of our pitchers, but with Jarrod's early departure and the game only going five innings, that didn't happen," said Bushinger.
While Snelgrove was hot on the mound, a chilly afternoon made for a two-inning wait for all the Eagle bats to warm up. Bushinger did have the right man in the lead-off spot.
Tanner Wegscheid singled to start the game and scored cutting the early Ashby lead to 2-1. Wegscheid reached base safely all four at-bats and stole three bases, scoring twice.
New York Mills would take the lead for good in the second inning after Eric Wallgren's rumbling double started a three-run rally seeing Spencer Imsande and Snelgrove plate behind him. That was enough to chase Ashby starter Jordan Lillemon and once into the Arrows bullpen the Eagles put up the nine runs needed to end the game early.
Every member of the starting nine scored for the Eagles, led by Wegscheid, Norton, Wallgren and Imsande, each rounding the bags twice.
"I thought we hit the ball fairly well," Bushinger said. "When we had runners on base we put it in play."
The Eagles will look to match their power at the dish with some consistency on the mound. In only giving up one hit to the opposition, the Eagles put themselves in jams with typical first game mistakes.
"We gave up 10 free passes in five innings," Bushinger said.
Eagles pitchers gave up eight walks, one past ball on a strikeout and one batter hit by pitch.
"As our season continues and we have an opportunity to get in game situations, we'll improve on that," said Bushinger.
Norton came off the mound and found ways to contribute with good defense in left field and manufacturing the fifth run. After being hit by a pitch, he stole second, moved to third on a single by Ted Rohr and scored on a past ball.
Catcher Tristin Huwe sent a high fly ball to the center field fence in the second inning that had hopes for a home run before being chased down on a great catch by Ashby centerfielder Drew Hanson.
Ashby vs New York Mills at Smith Field, New York Mills, April 8
ASH 210 00 - 3 8 0
NYM 135 04 - 13 11 6
AB R H Bi
Hanson 1 1 0 0
Bowman 3 0 0 0
Lillemon 3 1 1 1
Rohloff 3 0 0 0
Langlie 3 0 0 0
Graham 0 0 0 0
Witt 3 0 0 0
Carter 3 0 0 0
Larue 2 1 0 0
Totals 21 3 1 0
New York Mills
AB R H Bi
Wegscheid 4 2 3 1
Huwe 4 1 0 0
Roberts 4 1 1 1
Norton 3 2 0 0
Rohr 4 2 2 1
Wallgren 3 2 2 1
Cichy 2 1 0 0
Imsande 2 1 0 1
x-Gaudette 0 0 0 0
Snelgrove 2 1 2 1
Totals 28 13 10 6
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): ASH - Lillemon (LP 0-1) 2-5-4-1-0-3; Hanson 0-1-5-5-3-0; Bowman 1.3-3-4-0-1-0...NYM: Norton 1-1-3-2-5-2; Snelgrove (WP 1-0) 4-0-0-0-3-7.