MS Baseball Coach Jim Watry sent me (Colleen Potocki) this recap of yesterday’s MS baseball doubleheader. I loved his energetic retelling, so I asked him if I could share with the community. Thank you, Jim!
“The boys really played their hearts out yesterday. The result of the first game was better than what the score read. We lost the game, 11-4, but the takeaways were much larger than the outcome.
Charlie Shoha pitched a really good game! His control was spot on and the game was close all throughout his three innings. Charlie Sutton came in as Relief and faced an uphill battle head on. And he did it with courage while never losing his composure. If anything, I was the one who left him in too long. I wanted to see if he could close out the inning. Even as he switched positions with his relief, he never said “boo” handing the ball to me as I passed it to Charlie Uchno. Charlie closed out the final one and one third innings after being home over the weekend with a fever and illness. It must be mentioned that Zach Zarewych literally played catcher until he couldn’t throw any longer. Almost the full game. Charlie Shoha then came in for the last inning as his relief. The defense behind the pitching/catching duos, as always, were there encouraging their teammates! A team was building.
In the second game, Randy Pierce opened the game. And what control he displayed! He kept us in the game through three innings (65 pitches). The Parkway coaches, after the game, passed along their compliments to Randy. Charlie Shoha continued to catch until in the fourth inning; an errant throw to second hit Charlie in the hand ending his game at catcher. Zach then came back in at catcher while Charlie Uncho pitched the last two innings. In a fourth inning rally, we were winning going into the top of the 5th, 9-7.
The boys were pumped to say the least!
As Parkway took their at bats for the final inning, the defense as a whole really stood behind their pitcher and catcher. It was a very exciting ending as the whole team celebrated a 9-8 victory!
It was a long day of baseball in the cold and blowing wind. Thankfully, what rain we had was light during the first game warm ups and didn’t last. The snacks held us together for both games and the energy they generated kept us IN both games. Thank you, parents!”