VINCENNES – It was a tough opening week for Ancilla’s Chargers as they opened the baseball season dropping a doubleheader at Vincennes University falling 7-4 in game one and 3-2 in game two.
“It’s tough to drop two games that way but I’m proud of our kids fight,” said Ancilla head coach Joe Yonto. “It’s the first time for us out of the gym and we made some mistakes on some simple things we work on all the time and that will be a point of discussion in practice but really played well enough to win two and that’s not bad since our only swings have come in a cage so far.”
Kainin Lewis (Male High School, Louisville, KY) had a huge day for the Chargers with four hits in the doubleheader including a triple a double and an RBI. Conor Milligan (Northwest High School) had three hits. Hadeen Williams (North White High School) had a pair of runs scored.
“Kainin had a big day and we believe he is going to be a big key for us in the lead off slot. It’s a great sign of things to come for us,” said Yonto. “Timely hitting is the name of the game and really we didn’t have that. It is their first time seeing live pitching I know but some of the things we were seeing are things you work on everyday on the tees and in the cage. We’ve got to learn to carry over our approach from the cage to the game.”
Tommy Snyder (LaPorte High School) took the loss in game one with Chase Smith (Frankton High School) throwing two and two thirds innings of hitless relief. Game two saw outstanding pitching performances from starter Luke Gaboury (Mishawaka Marian High School) and Clayton Adamson (Tippecanoe Valley High School). Gaboury went four and two thirds innings striking out five and scattering four hits walking just one. Adamson – the tough luck loser – gave up just one hit and struck out two in two and a third innings.
“It was really good to see our freshman have such a good day on the mound,” said Yonto. “Tommy wasn’t as sharp as he wanted to be I know but if we make a play or two behind him he really pitched well enough to win. We made mistakes at key times and it hurt us. We were happy to get outside for the first time but the next time we need to be a lot better at the little things.
“That’s the thing we take away from this.”
The Chargers (0-2) are off until March 16 when they take on Indiana Tech in a doubleheader and then head for South Carolina and the Ripken Baskeball Complex in Myrtle Beach on March 18 for a week of games before returning home to start MCCAA play at Macomb College in Warren, MI on March 29.
Ancilla 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4-6-3
Vincennes 0 2 2 3 0 0 x 7-8-2
WP – Mills. LP – Snyder (0-1). 3B – Sanden (V).
Ancilla 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2-4-1
Vincennes 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3-6-2
WP – Cheek. LP – Adamson (0-1). 3B – Lewis (A). 2B – Lewis (A).