JV baseball – Tigers take down Cadets 11-2

Thursday, 29 April 2017

The Fort Frye Cadets gather for a pre-game prayer

Beverly, Ohio – The Fort Frye Cadets (5-10) hosted the Marietta Tigers (14-4) at Cadet Stadium Thursday afternoon. Sidearming sophomore Hunter Douglas made his first start for the Cadets, but he struggled through an inning and two-thirds in an outing marred by walks.

After issuing two walks and giving up an infield single to Jackson to begin the game, Douglas walked Richards with the bases loaded to hand the Tigers their first run. Duck came up next with a line drive to center to score Moss and give MHS a two-run lead.

In the bottom half of the 1st, the Cadets couldn’t get anything going. Marietta Sophomore Kail Hill recorded ten punchouts on the afternoon, and he was dominant from the outset. Fort Frye went down in order, not giving Douglas much time to get rested after he labored through the 1st.

The Tigers played a patient game and drew four walks in the first two innings. They converted three of the four free passes into runs, and Douglas gave way to Brenden Huck. Huck recorded the third out of the inning after the first of two catcher’s interference calls against Matt Duskey, and the Tigers led 5-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.

In the home half of the inning, Fort Frye came up with the only runs they would score on the day. Hill issued a rare walk and made an error on an easy grounder back to the mound, and Fort Frye’s Hunter Stoffel drove in two on a lazy popup to no man’s land in shallow right field to make the score 5-2 in favor of Marietta.

Huck stifled the Tigers, who couldn’t figure out his off-speed pitches. He mixed his fastballs with a steady diet of straight changeups that kept Marietta off-balance. He pitched 3-2/3 innings and was lifted after fifty pitches because the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association implemented a new pitch-count rule during the off-season.

Derek Joy is the scheduled starter for the first game of Fort Frye’s doubleheader against John Glenn High School on Saturday, but Coach Mason Lang decided to use him as a stopgap reliever to get out of the 6th. Joy didn’t enjoy the same success as Huck, though, and the Tigers played small ball to tack on two more and improve their lead to 7-2.

After the Cadets failed to get anything going in the bottom of the 6th, Joy walked Jared Hollister to lead off the 7th. Fort Frye Junior Zach Nesselroad entered to replace Joy, but he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the first batter he faced and the Tigers took advantage of Nesselroad’s slow delivery to steal three bases on three consecutive pitches.

The Tigers would pile on four runs in their final inning at bat to take an 11-2 lead, and that’s where the score stood as Fort Frye went down in order to end the game.

The Cadets have four games left to finish the season. With a win, they had the opportunity to finish the season at .500, but the loss ensures their third consecutive losing season. Their final home game is against the Waterford Wildcats at 5:00 next Tuesday.

Sports away from OU athletics


Get on Rt. 33. Drive toward Columbus. Watch out for State Patrol, follow the speed limit. Off to the left there is a street, Johnson Rd. Take it. Drive all the way until you see a school: Athens High School.

Now why would a 21-year-old Ohio U. student claim Athens HS as his favorite place in Athens? Well the first option I had was Sells Park, but I managed to lose the photos I took from my journey there. So Athens HS came second.

What makes Athens HS one of the best places in Athens to me is that it taught me a lot about being a sports journalist. I want to be a sports writer and this past fall was the first time I got to cover football; high school football.

Having expereience covering football out of college is huge for me, especially prep football because prep sports will be a large part of what I do at my first job.

The first time I had ever been to Athens HS was a mild late summer day in mid-August. Athens was scrimmaging against Trimble HS. I knew next to nothing about the team. I knew they went to the OHSAA State Championship game two years prior, but other than that, I was clueless.

After the scrimmage was over, I met the head coach, Ryan Adams. After the first encounter, I was skeptical about the remainder of the season. Not that he was a bad guy at all, he wasn’t, it was just the first time The Post, Ohio University’s independent school paper, covered the team; he was unfamiliar with me and the other beat reporter, we were unfamiliar with him.

But about four games into the season, things changed. It was the game at Alexander HS. The game concluded, his team victorious. But he wasn’t expecting us to show up to the game.  Most times, the other publication to cover HS sports in the area shows up to select games.

But our job was to solely cover Athens HS.

We had to track him down for an interview. At that point, he knew we cared. He began to understand that we are going to show up at practice and every game, home and away.

Throughout the season, me and the other beat reporter built a raport with the coach and our relationship with him changed.

It was something I looked forward to. Every sports journalism professional I have met, has a solid relationship with the head coach of the high school team. I always wanted that. I got it.

That made covering the team more fun and really helped me see how fun covering high school sports can be, depsite the stigma of it being an entry level job.

Obviously, I don’t plan on covering high school sports the rest of my life, but I went into the season biased against the fact that I didn’t want to cover high school football. But I came out of the season, with content I am proud of producing and a better sports journalist and a grown passion for writing about sports.