After notching a single on the first pitch of the #Team53 season, Sophomore infielder Kobe Morris finished the day in an even more impressive fashion. Leading the charge of an offense that scored 16 runs including 6 HR on opening day is no easy task, however the lead off hitter's final stat line of 3-3 with 4 runs scored, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB and a stolen base did the trick. Freshman infielder Quinn Cherry followed suit with the first 2 HR of his college career, driving in 2 of his own and scoring 3 runs. Adding to the onslaught were familiar faces in the Outfield as Sophomore outfielders Cam Witt and Luke Price both drove in 2 runs, while RS Sophomore Drew Reilly was on base 4 times and scored 3 runs. Freshman catcher Denver Mullins also enjoyed his college baseball debut as he notched his first HR and drove in 2 runs.
On the mound it seemed that as much as things have changed, some stuff just stays the same. Sophomore Zach Jackson picked up his 13th win in 15 starts as a Roughrider, while doing a good job of controlling the strike zone needing only 69 pitches to get through 4 innings. Sophomore LHP Aaron Ashby came in after Jackson and struck out 6 of the 15 hitters he faced. Young gun Tyler Gregg threw a scoreless 9th in his premiere while striking out 1. While the Roughrider arms allowed 9 runs on the day, the way the strike zone was commanded on an offensive day turned out to be big as only 3 walks were allowed, all 3 by Ashby. As showcased by the Crowder offense, who walked 12 times, those at bats can turn into something big.
Overall it was a debut that showcased not only the depth of the Roughrider roster this year, but also the versatility. While 4 pitchers toed the rubber for the opener, we should have a better look at the newcomer arms after this week as Labette comes to Roughrider field for 1 9 inning game on Thursday, followed by a road trip rematch of the South Central District Championship game at Seminole for 2 games on Saturday.