(June 4th, 2015) – WEST UNITY: From the early goings of the contest, Hilltop knew they were hosting a tough opponent.
The Bulldogs of Edgerton, visiting West Unity for a double header, wasted little time in game one of the day. By the conclusion of the top of the first, they held a 5-0 lead over their hosts. Cadet senior-to-be Isaac Van Arsdalen helped his team to chip away at that deficit, driving in Tyler Suboski for a run thanks to an RBI single. Edgerton didn’t relent in the second, however, racking up another 7 runs before relinquishing control of the batter’s box.
Unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning, Hilltop stopped the bleeding defensively, shutting down the Bulldog scoring effort in the third. Edgerton put up another run in the fourth, however, giving them a 13-1 advantage going into the final inning of play.
In the top of the fifth, Edgerton again found their way onto the scoreboard, tacking on 4 more runs to their tally. VanArsdalen was again able to knock Suboski home with another RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, but the Cadet offense simply did not have enough fire power to rally from such a sizable deficit.
Hilltop was defeated by Edgerton 17-2.
Suboski, making the most of 1 of his 2 plate appearances for the Cadets, made his way on base with a single. The rising sophomore blazed his way across the base paths, earning 3 stolen bases on his way to scoring 2 runs. Junior-to-be Quinn Smith had a solid day at the plate as well, hitting for a single and a double with a 2 for 3 effort from the batter’s box.
The Hilltop pitching effort was split among four Cadets. Cole Haynes began the game on the mount, pitching for .2 innings. He gave up 5 earned runs and 5 walks, striking out 1 batter. Replacing him was incoming junior Ryan Booker, who lasted 1.1 innings. He allowed 6 earned runs off of 7 hits, earning 1 strike out and giving up 3 walks. Sophomore Kohl Collins claimed the majority of the time pitching, standing on the mound for 2.1 innings. Giving up 3 earned runs from 3 hits, he struck out 5 Bulldogs and walked none. Andrew Denton, also a rising sophomore, came in to close out the final .2 innings. He allowed no earned runs from 2 hits.