Baseball team starts season with two victories at Harrison
The varsity baseball squad from Grayling High School opened its 2018 season with two wins vs. the Harrison Hornets at Harrison High School on Thursday.
In game one of the series, Justin Nicholas pitched all six innings for Grayling and picked up the win. The final score was Vikings 4, Hornets 1.
“Justin Nicholas went the distance in 72 pitches, giving up one unearned run while striking out 10 and giving up five hits,” Coach Bret Krabill said. “We scored a run in the first inning from Nicholas’ double and a passed ball. Harrison tied it in the third on an error by us. Chris Hunter drove in Jacob Macfalda on a line drive single for the game winning run. We were able to add two insurance runs in the top half of the sixth. Nick Hunter drew a walk, stole second, and came in on a Ryan Anderson single. Trey Moffit followed it up with an RBI double.”
Nicholas finished with two hits. Moffit had an RBI double. Anderson and C. Hunter each had an RBI single. Macfalda and Justin Youngblood had base hits. Trenton Gabriel had his first varsity hit. Nick Hunter stole three bases.
It was the team’s first time on a baseball field this year. The Vikings have not been able to practice on their field due to snow.
“Overall, I can’t be too picky about what we did in game one. That was our first day outside this season. Justin did a good job on the mound and didn’t walk anyone. He also attacked the bottom of the order and got the outs that we need to make sure teams can’t really get started. Harrison was very aggressive swinging the bats and the top of the order put the ball in play. We have a couple of small adjustments to make, but Justin did everything we needed him to do. The top of the order for us was a little slow to get going, but heated up towards the end,” Coach Krabill said.
The Vikings won 21-5 in game two of the doubleheader.
Macfalda, the starting pitcher for Grayling, earned the win. He gave up zero earned runs and one hit. Youngblood stuck out two in an inning of relief.
“We were much more patient at the plate and started driving the ball to all fields. We were able to get every player in and get people multiple at-bats. We scored six in the first, four in the second, and four in the third to start the game. Christian Artress drove in three runs on two base hits. Justin Nicholas drove in two with a triple, and Justin Youngblood added two hits. Conner Brill added his first varsity hit and drove in two. Nick Cicerone drove in one with two base hits. Noah Shambarger added a double and an RBI. Twelve different guys had hits in game two and the others drew walks or drove in runs. Offensively I am very happy with what we did in game two; however, we had five errors that led to five runs. We shouldn’t be throwing one-hitters and giving up five. We have to make sure that regardless of score we are always mentally prepared to play,” Coach Krabill said.
“We have a lot we can work on, but hopefully we can get outside soon so we can actually address some game situations,” Coach Krabill said.
Games slated for Monday, April 16, at Roscommon High School were cancelled due to weather and field conditions; it was the squad’s fifth cancelled doubleheader of the 2018 season. The Vikings are scheduled to host Houghton Lake on Thursday, April 19; however, it is unlikely the field will be ready for the games due to recent snow.