By Josh Levine
Ignited by a 14-run first inning, Stuart Hall cruised to a 21-0 victory over Leadership High School at Crocker Amazon Field on Friday.
The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the third inning after pitcher Ben Carasco hit his third triple of the game for the Knights (4-2).
“Our team is mostly made up of freshman; we only have one senior,” said Leadership Head Coach Sonny Berry. “This was a learning game for us, and we learned to stick together when things don’t go well. Today, despite the score, we did that and I’m proud of my guys.”
Carasco pitched the whole game for the Knights, striking out eight of the nine batters he faced.
“We had a week off before the game. I mean, we did play yesterday and today, but before that we had a week. The rest definitely helped us for today. Our pitcher was simply hitting the strike zone,” said Stuart Hall Head Coach Eddie Russell.
There was a scary moment in the first inning, when Leadership (0-4) pitcher Nathan Taylor was nearly struck in the face by a line drive. The ball apparently ricocheted off his glove, causing his glove to hit him in the face, giving him a bloody nose.
“You know, when you come out to play, you never want to see anyone get hurt,” said Russell. “The metal bats really add a lot more power to a swing and we saw that today. I’m happy he wasn’t seriously hurt.”