Higginsville hurlers hold Concordia in check
After a slew of rainouts, the Concordia High School Orioles baseball team managed to get some field time on Thursday, April 5, when they played host to Class 3 Higginsville High School for a nonconference matchup. The rust was evident, as Concordia succumbed to the Huskers 7-1.
Sophomore Brayden McGinnis got the start on the mound and gave a solid effort against a good ball club from a bigger class. He allowed nine base-runners (five walks, four hits), which is too many for the amount of innings he went, but he worked his way out of a couple of jams, only allowing four runs (two earned) over his trio of innings. He also struck out four batters.
Freshman Austin Droege followed McGinnis with two innings of his own, allowing three walks and two hits in addition to a pair of strikeouts. He also surrendered two unearned runs. Junior Matthew Gatewood recorded the final six outs, striking out two while allowing a walk and hit in addition to one earned run.
The Orioles couldn’t produce much from the plate despite a hot start: senior Cameron Cooper led the bottom of the first inning off with a double, stealing third base before Gatewood drove him in with a single. Two batters later, junior Lane Mueller stroked a two-out double. However, the extra-base hits from Cooper and Mueller would be the only two the Orioles could muster the entire game.
A second inning single from Droege and a leadoff single in the third from Cooper would be the Orioles’ last hits until the seventh inning, when McGinnis singled to right. Despite the lack of hits, the Orioles still left five runners on base from the fourth through seventh innings (10 total — Higginsville left 12 on).
Cooper was the most notable performer in this matchup, finishing 2-3 with a double, a walk, and three stolen bases. He’s the only Oriole to knock two hits, although Gatewood (one single, one walk) and McGinnis (one single, two walks) also reached base multiple times.
Oriole hitters finished with 12 strikeouts (five players went down on strikes multiple times). Credit is due to the Husker hurlers, who did an honorable job handling hitters.
Mother Nature has been unpredictable at best, but the Orioles are planning to get back into the swing of things — pun intended — as the weather hopefully clears up and the Orioles get back to a stacked schedule with nine games scheduled between April 9-20.
With the loss, the Orioles fall to 3-2 (0-0 in conference).
Higginsville advanced to 5-1 with the victory.