Cards lose after strong 6th inning by Center Grove

The Cards baseball lost to Center Grove 4-6, Thursday, April 30.  The Cards held a 4-0 lead for the first few innings.  The Trojans, in the sixth inning, tied the score and scored two in the seventh to win the game.  According to head coach Mr. Scott Whitlock, never responded to the runs that the Trojans put up after obtaining their 4-0 lead.  He says the Trojans were allowed to chip away at the lead until finally the Cards lost.

“We talk about winning or tying every inning,” Whitlock said.  “Well, we won the first inning, tied some innings, but lost every other inning.  We have to make sure that if they score we answer.”

According to Whitlock, there are many positives to be taken from this game.  He likes how well the team competed with a seventh-in-the-state ranked team and how well multiple players did at the plate.  However, the biggest positive, according to Whitlock, was the team’s mentality throughout the game.  He says that the team knew they were up against a good team and still kept a competitive mentality.  He says even the guys on the bench were into the game mentally.

According to Whitlock, one of the key players for the team was senior Mike Jones.  Jones, according to Whitlock, had something to prove on the mound and threw really well.  Coming into the game, Jones had an ERA of approximately 12.  Jones only gave up four total runs, only one of which wasn’t earned in 5.67 innings.  He also only gave up three hits, two of which were the last two he faced, only walked five batters and only hit one.  According to Jones, last night’s game was one of the best that the team has had all season.

“We’ve come a long way since the start of the season,” Jones said.  “We played great (last night).  (Out of) the last three games, we’ve had 20 errors, and that game we had very few.”