Cavies battle Comets in thriller
Tied 9-9 after nine innings, game suspended due to darkness
The CHS varsity baseball team had its first conference game of the season on Friday, April 10, when they took on the Greenville Comets at Carlinville High School.
Greenville would take an early lead, only to be erased by a six run fourth inning by the Cavies. The Comets answered back in the fifth with five of their own, bringing the score to 6-5 in favor of CHS. The Cavaliers would pick up a run in the sixth to make it 7-5. Greenville would take the lead for the first time since the third inning by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. The Cavies would tie it in the bottom of the seventh, sending it to extra innings. Each team would find a way to score in the inning, which brought it to 9-9 after nine.
The game was intense from the sixth inning on. Each team would pour their heart out on the field, and it showed. After what was a three-hour affair, the game had to be suspended for lack of light.
Joeb Easterday got the start on the mound for the Cavies. Easterday was on his game early as he would strike out the side in both the first and second innings. Not only was the pitching superb from the get go, but the offense kicked it in to high gear by scoring six runs in the fourth inning. Bryce Despain would lead off the inning with a triple. Easterday would help himself out by driving in Despain on an RBI single to right. Ben Rogers would single in the courtesy runner to keep the momentum going. The Cavies put on a hitting clinic in the inning as they would bring 12 to the plate. Seven of those 12 would get hits. The big highlight of the inning was Jake Carter’s two-run bomb that would score Max Chapman.
Easterday would have one more solid inning on the mound as he would retire the Comets in order. Greenville would then pitch a scoreless fifth. The Comets’ big inning came in the top of the sixth when they would drive in four runs of their own on two doubles and an error. Easterday was able to get a run back in the bottom of the sixth as he would double to drive in Despain.
The seventh inning saw a pitching change, as Jake Hannig would replace Easterday to try to preserve the lead. Hannig would run into trouble early as he would give up a solo home run followed by a two-run shot. This put Greenville back on top 8-7. When it was the Cavalier’s turn to bat, Brayton Gibbs would lead off the inning with a towering blast to deep center ensuring at least another inning of baseball. Despite walks from Chapman and Adam Rosentreter, CHS was unable to send the crowd home.
The Cavies would have to come from behind one more time in the game. Rosentreter would single and eventually score on a wild pitch to keep CHS alive. Unfortunately, the game was stopped after the ninth inning. The game will be resumed for the conference title, if necessary.
After the game, Coach Ridenhour said, “We battled hard and kept fighting the whole game. The boys showed a lot of heart to keep fighting once the tide turned in the game. Joeb pitched a heck of a game and just ran out of gas. Greenville is a solid team and was able to take advantage. It was truly a team effort to stay in the game and for us to be where we were when the game was suspended is a true testament to this team’s character.”
By Kyle Cunningham