Pitcher Brandon Carey was able to hold off the Tigers again in the second inning. As the Shamrocks stepped up to the plate, they were hot right off the bat. At the end of the second inning, the Shamrocks were up 11 to 0.
Brandon Carey pitched the third inning and was able to hold off the Tigers again. Kyle Ruediger hit a double deep in the outfield, which cleared the bases. As he reached the bag, the throw was on time; however, the second baseman was unable to make the catch. Third baseman Andrew Menke was able to steal home on an overthrow and add a run to the Shamrocks’ score. The Shamrocks were also able to make it through their line up that inning.
When asked about his pitching, Carey stated, “I thought for it being the first game I did pretty good, but there is always room for improvement.”
Senior Cole Lensing, who started the game at second, went in to pitch at the top of the fourth for the Shamrocks. The first two batters he pitched to were able to get a hit off of him, but center fielder Kyle Ruediger was able to make the plays and get both batters out.
The Shamrocks batted again, scoring four more runs and making the score 20-0.
After the fifth inning, the Shamrocks went on to win the game 20-0. After the game, first baseman Michael McKernan stated, “We were able to get an early lead on them, and we never let up. That is something we will need to continue to do.”
The Shamrocks will play the rest of the week in the Four RIvers Baseball Classic.
-by Molly Munsinger