Cole Camp takes care of Orioles despite solid pitching
On Friday, May 4, the Concordia High School baseball team played host to the Cole Camp High School Bluejays in a nonconference matchup. Concordia played well against a solid Class 3 team, but ultimately fell 5-1.
Freshman Austin Droege took the mound for the O’s and he didn’t disappoint, striking out five while walking two and allowing one hit and hit batter apiece. He gave up three runs, although none were earned.
Two walks and a handful of errors were all the Jays needed to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
A double from junior Matthew Gatewood in the bottom of the first inning was the only extra-base hit the Orioles would have until the fourth inning, when a single from sophomore Brayden McGinnis was followed by a double off the bat of junior Lane Mueller. Despite the second-and-third opportunity, the threat would pass.
Cole Camp made the most of their opportunities, following up the two-run first inning with a run in the second and a few insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
The Orioles had a few opportunities for runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but a hit-by-pitch and two walks would ultimately lead to nothing in the sixth, and one walk, hit-by-pitch, and single apiece from the Orioles would yield the same run-less results.
The Orioles finished with just four hits, of which two were doubles. They did manage to draw three walks and a couple of hit batsmen. O’s hitters didn't strike out very often at all, collecting just three K’s.
With the loss, Concordia falls to 12-7 (4-2). They will take on Lutheran (Kansas City) High School in the first round of the Class 2 District 16 tournament on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at West Platte High School.
Cole Camp improved to 10-9 with the win.