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home : sports : sports May 24, 2016

4/2/2013 10:22:00 AM
RHS baseball opens season with doubleheader loss at Charleston
Sports Editor

Mistakes are going to happen during the course of a game, especially when your team hasn't been on an actual field to practice more than a couple of times in a month.

Robinson High School's baseball team finally opened their season Saturday, March 23, but the Maroons struggled in the field en route to a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host Charleston, 10-0 and 8-4.

"There is a lot to be said about field time," RHS head coach Scott Albright said. "We just need to have a place we can practice fielding. I can live with those mistakes because we have had zero time on a field or a place to practice fielding."

In the two games, the Maroons combined to make eight errors in the field, while collecting just eight base hits and scoring only four runs.

In the opener, Robinson dug themselves a 6-0 hole after one inning, then Charleston tacked on a run in the second and three more in the third to pull away for the win.

The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Robinson had just one hit in the game, a double by Landen Hoagland.

Logan Johnson took the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs - five earned - on eight hits, while walking one and striking out one in two innings. Gunther VanWinkle allowed three runs - one earned - while walking three and striking out one in an inning of relief and Michael Elliott walked one in a scoreless inning of relief.

In game two, Robinson jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first and another in the second for a 4-0 advantage, but they could not hang on. Charleston scored twice in the third to cut the deficit in half, then struck for three runs in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. The Trojans then added three insurance runs in the fifth to pull away for the win.

Blake Hale led RHS at the plate with a home run, a single, three runs batted in and a run scored, while Austin Weck doubled and singled. VanWinkle added a base hit and a run batted in, Hoagland and Colton Williamson each singled and scored a run and Elliott scored a run.

Hoagland suffered the loss on the mound, giving up five runs, all of which were unearned, on four hits, while striking out three in four innings of work. Hale allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in an inning of relief, while Brayden Scott struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief.

"We had some bright spots," Albright said. "Landen looked good on the mound and so did Brayden. Blake, Landen and Austin had a good day at the plate.

On area Albright was not pleased with was plate discipline. The Maroons struck out 22 times over the two games and drew just two walks.

"I have a hard time with the strike outs, waiting for walks and some lack of hustle," Albright said. "There is a lot of room for improvement and that starts on Monday."

At Charleston

Robinson 000 00 - 0 1 3

Charleston 613 0x - 10 8 0

WP - Wilson 5IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 10K. LP - Logan Johnson 2IP, 7R, 5ER, 8H, 1BB, 1K; Gunther VanWinkle 1IP, 3R, 1ER, 0H, 3BB, 1K; Michael Elliott 1IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 0K. 2B - Hoagland (R), Engelkes (C).

Robinson 310 000 0 - 4 7 5

Charleston 002 330 x - 8 7 2

WP - E. Miller 4IP, 4R, 4ER, 7H, 1BB, 8K; R. Miller 3IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 4K (save). LP - Landen Hoagland 4IP, 5R, 0ER, 4H, 0BB, 3K; Blake Hale 1IP, 3R, 3ER, 3H, 2BB, 0K; Brayden Scott 1IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K. 2B - Weck (R), Engelkes (C). HR - Hale (R).

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