Summit High: Baseball sputters at the plate in 8-2 loss
April 8, 2009
Summit High head baseball coach Barre Lee felt good about his team heading into Wednesday’s matchup at Conifer High School.
“We finally seemed to have the rust off, we had everything going,” he said.” … Unfortunately anything can happen in baseball.”
Despite the confidence, the Tigers couldn’t get any offense going until it was too late, and Summit had to settle for an 8-2 loss.
“I kept waiting for our bats to wake up, but we just kept striking out,” Lee said.
In the loss, senior Jordan Sitkoski pitched well, Lee added. Sitkoski gave up only three earned runs in the game and hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to drive in the Tigers’ only runs of the day.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning, when Conifer started chipping in hits between the SHS defense. Though Conifer never really pulled away from the Tigers, Summit just couldn’t mount a charge.
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Lee guessed that his team struck out 12 times in the game, which, as he said, is quite a lot in a 21-out game.
“We’ve got to give credit to their pitchers,” Lee said. “They got the key outs when they needed it.”
Senior David Leopold continued his strong hitting on the season by recording a double. J.J. Gessner and Jason Looby also had hits in the game.
But, all in all, Summit just couldn’t find the offense when it needed it.
“The biggest problem was that we couldn’t get the key hits,” Lee said of his team that left eight men on base.
The Tigers did receive solid play from outfielders Gessner and Scott Rappleye, Lee said.
Summit (3-11) has already won three times as many games as in either of the previous two seasons. The Tigers will look for win No. 4 when they travel to D’Evelyn on Friday. The game is slated to start at 3:30 p.m.
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