For the past week mother nature has not been kind to the Elsberry Indians baseball team. Rain out after rain out meant a week without taking the field for live action. That ended Monday night as the Indians faced off against Van-Far.
It didn’t take long for Elsberry to get into the swing of things as the action was fast and furious in the first.
During the top of the first the Van-Far Indians had two outs with a man on second. Their cleanup hitter laced a hard hit ball over the reach of Elsberry’s third baseman Michael Ligon. With the runner rounding third and heading home Left fielder Dylan Howard through a strike to catcher Grant Black to gun down the Van-Far base runner and keep the Indians off the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the third, Elsberry’s first two reached base followed by a 2RBI double just inside the third base bag off the bat of Shortstop Jay Ogden.
Ogden later scored on a sacrifice from Ligon to put Elsberry up 3-0 after one.
For the next six innings Coach Shannon Wells used four different pitchers including starter Caleb Eisenbath, Chris Hency, Howard and Brandon Mound. The four combined to only allow two runs, keeping the Van-Far hitters off balance all night with a mix-up of off-speed pitchers.
“I thought our pitchers did a good job keeping the ball low in the strike zone and placing the ball over the plate well,” said Coach Wells.
On offense Elsberry just kept piling up the runs, getting timely hitting and smart base running.
“We did well offensively against Van-Far,” said Coach Wells. “They hit the ball well and executed the designed plays.”
The highlight of the night had to be second baseman Alex Henke and his pirouette like dive at home. With runners on second and third, Henke left second base on a hard hit ball to left centerfield, he ran through the stop sign at third and should have been dead-to-rights, but a quick jump and dive to the right of catcher causing the missed tag meant another run on the scoreboard for Elsberry.
“Defensively the whole game was good. The kids were focused and made good, smart plays,” said Coach Wells. “Jay Ogden’s double sparked the offense. Caleb Eisenbath looked good in his first start of the year and earning the victory for the Indians.”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H
Van-Far 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5
ELSBERRY 3 0 3 0 2 1 x 9 8
WP: Caleb Eisenbath
Offense: Caleb Eisenbath (1-3, 2R, 1SB); Jay Ogden (1-2 double, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB); Kyle Eisenbath (2-3, 1R); Alex Henke (2-3, 1R, 2RBI); Grant Black (2-3, 2RBI)
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