CMS baseball team opens program with 7-2 win

CMS baseball team opens program with 7-2 win

August 17, 2015 will go down as a monumental day in Carlinville Middle School athletics.

The first ever junior high baseball game took place for Carlinville and the visitors seized the moment with a 7-2 victory at Mount Olive.

Carlinville (1-0) wasted little time getting on the board, scoring a pair of runs in the team’s first inning of official competition.

The first two Cavies were retired, but an error allowed Colton DeLong to reach base. Kameron Sankamper then doubled home the first run in CMS history.

Up next was Will Boatman, and he would single in the second run of the inning to give Carlinville a 2-0 lead.

Carlinville opened a 5-0 lead with a three-run third inning. Alex Strutner led off by drawing a walk and Aidan Naugle reached on an error. DeLong was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Strutner would score on a pass ball to make it 3-0. RBI-groundouts by Sankamper and Boatman gave the Cavies a 5-0 advantage.

Mount Olive got on a board with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Carlinville put the game away with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.

DeLong was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, advancing to third on a Sankamper double. Boatman’s third RBI of the game, a groundout, plated Sankamper to make it 7-2. DeLong had scored on an overthrow.

It was enough run support for Naugle, who got the first win in Carlinville history.

Naugle pitched five innings, striking out two, walking two and allowing four hits and two runs, one of which was earned.

DeLong struck out seven in two innings of relief and got the first save in school history. He allowed just one walk and no hits.

Offensively for Carlinville, Strutner was 1 for 3 with a run; Naugle 1 for 4 with a run; DeLong three runs scored; Sankamper 2 for 4, two runs, two RBIs; Boatman 1 for 3, three RBIs. Tyler Reels, Chase Michaelis and Austin Key all reached base via the walk.

The Cavies home opener was rained out Tuesday, and the team lost at Staunton 9-2 on Wednesday evening.