Climbing out of a huge deficit in a game is never easy.
The Cleveland Central High School Wolves fell behind the Washington School Generals 7-0 going into the bottom of the second in a non-region baseball game here Tuesday night at Sank Powe Field. The Wolves battled back with a vengeance but came up short as they fell to the Generals 10-9.
The Wolves fell to 11-8, while the Generals improved to 7-6.
The Wolves did out hit the Generals 9-8.
CCHS head baseball coach Alex Fletcher was pleased with the way his team fought back.
“We certainly don’t enjoy putting ourselves in a hole,” Fletcher said. “Trace (Steadman) had a very uncharacteristic game off day, so we had to give him the benefit and we left him in there a little bit longer than I normally would. To start the game, we started off with three defensive errors, which is also uncharacteristic at how we’ve been playing.
“I told the guys it’s a character game. When you dig yourself in that kind of hole it’s about what type of fight you have in you and how can you respond. We’re certainly proud of that. We hit the ball real well.”
Trace Stedman took the loss on the mound as he gave up seven runs, three earned, on four hits with four strikeouts, a walk and three hit batters in 1 2/3 innings of work. Konnor Short turned in a solid relief outing for the Wolves as he gave up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and five walks in four innings of work, and Jamar Richardson struck out a batter and hit a batter in 1 1/3 innings of work to round out the Wolves’ effort on the mound.
Caleb Janous earned the win in relief for Washington as he gave up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and a walk in two innings of work. Anthony Bariola started the game for Washington and pitched the first three innings giving up seven runs on six hits. Austin Kelly earned the save as he struck out three and gave up just one hit in two innings of work.
At the plate for CCHS, Short tagged three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice, Patrick Saxon socked three hits, drove in a run and scored a run, Eli Stallings roped a three-run homer and Ty Morgan and Malik Pates drilled a hit and scored a run each.
At the plate for Washington School, Kelly drilled two hits, a home run and a double, with a RBI and two runs scored, Tri Vaughan tagged two hits with a RBI and two runs scored and John Frank Ingram stroked a hit and drove in two runs to lead Washington School at the plate.
CCHS will be back in action Thursday when the Wolves travel to Canton to take on Canton High School.