The Baseball Owls opened last week against Germantown on Tuesday. After having played consistent baseball thus far, we opened to a 3-0 lead against the Red Devils. However, miscues, walks, and errors led to the Red Devils’ victory, 10-6, even though we outhit Germantown, 13-8. Caleb Littlejohn took the loss. Jacob Messer, Will Portera, Griff Griffin, Maurice Hampton, and Nash Stewart all had multiple hits in the game.
The next day, we played the Memphis Home Education Association, a very competitive team that took a 4-2 lead in the 3rd inning. We came back in the 5th inning to tie it, and later in the 6th, we pulled away. Connor Price homered in the 1st inning to start us off. Matthew Camp got the win.
Then Friday we traveled south to play Northpoint Christian School. The Trojans would strike first in the 3rd inning, but we came roaring back with two runs in the top of the 4th. We would pull away in the top of the 7th, adding 3 runs to win, 5-1. Jacob Messer had 2 RBI’s on the day, and Jack Gorman and Will Portera would have one each. Nash Stewart was the winning pitcher, surrendering 1 run on 5 hits over 6 innings and striking out 5. Maurice Hampton threw one inning in relief.
And on Saturday we took on Tipton Rosemark Academy for the second time. Henry Wood got the start on the mound, his second start against TRA. He had already won, 4-0, at TRA. This time we came out swinging, scoring 10 in the first inning. That would be the final, 10-0 in 5 innings. Wood would go all five innings, giving up only 3 hits. Will Portera and Connor Price each collected multiple hits, part of our 11 total hits as a team.
We head into the final week with a game at Collierville on Tuesday and the region tournament at CBHS starting on Thursday. We open with Briarcrest at 4:30 and are the home team as the second seed.
The Diamond Owls got off to a rough start to the week, committing five errors in a 12-2 loss to rival CBHS. But we quickly bounced back with a huge win the following night behind great pitching from Nash Stewart. Stewart allowed four runs on five hits, throwing 5 innings. Caleb Littlejohn finished the game giving up one run as we won, 10-5. CJ Thomas and Stewart led the Owls with multiple hits. After a day off, we traveled to FACS. Behind the pitching of senior Henry Wood, we scored 11 runs as Wood went 6 innings, giving up two runs. Freshman Clarkson Shoaf pitched a scoreless last inning to help the team. Jack Gorman and Connor Price each had multiple hits to lead the Owls. We also played errorless baseball, and Scott Burnett had nine chances at first base, the most on the team. The next day we played St. George’s at home, and Scott Burnett started on the mound, giving up three runs on two hits. We would come back and pick up the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Maurice Hampton scored from third base on a passed ball. Caleb Littlejohn got the win, throwing 2 1/3 innings as he allowed one hit and no runs. Hampton led the Owls with four hits, including two homeruns, as we won, 4-3. Saturday, we played at ECS early to try to beat the rain. Matt Camp started the game, allowing eight hits and two runs over 6 innings. Clarkson Shoaf would pick up the win in the 7th after we had scored two late runs. Jack Gorman went 2-3, and Maurice Hampton hit another homerun. Overall, we had a great week, going 4-1. This week we are home Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and we travel to Tipton-Rosemark Friday. Go, Owls!