On Monday, April 23, the New Haven Shamrocks played an away game against their conference opponent, the St. James Tigers. The Shamrocks played hard, but dropped the game to the Tigers 10-0 in 5 innings. However, there were still some highlights in the game.
Senior catcher and pitcher, Justin Shockley, ruined the Tiger pitcher’s “no-hitter.” He slapped one into the outfield for the Rocks’ only varsity hit of the night. But, they struck out 13 of their 16 at-bats, which is not ideal for a win.
The JV game followed, as the Rocks lost a close one: 6-5. Sophomores Ethan Groner and Christian Paterson each had one hit apiece, along with junior Owen Buchheit. But it wasn’t enough to hold the Tigers off. The game lasted 5 innings, as each inning only allowed a maximum of 3 runs to make sure that the game didn’t last too long.
Sophomore shortstop and second baseman Cody Groner stated, “I just feel like we really just need to improve the little aspects of our game. If we just string a few solid hits together and maybe some good plays on defense then it’s a totally different ball game.”
He continued with, “The JV game was a lot better, though. This was because we improved most of our mistakes from the varsity game, instead of carrying them over. Getting some hits and making good defensive plays definitely helped.”
Sophomore pitcher and shortstop Trenton Kormeier also quoted, “On varsity, we didn’t have the greatest defense. However, in the JV game we did pretty good and fielded the ball pretty cleanly. People were also hitting the ball, which made it a good and close game."
The Shamrocks also faced the Union Wildcats on Thursday, April 27, and lost to them 12-0 in 5 innings. They are next scheduled to play an away game against Cuba on Monday, May 1. Good luck, boys!