SHEPHERDSTOWN— The energetic children were on hand at Fairfax Field for a field day outing. They were hurried off just before a rain delay of 70 minutes interrupted some shoddy baseball being shown them by both Shepherd and its WVIAC opponent, Concord.
Before the rain came, there had been 18 runs scored in just two innings of pitcher-poor baseball.
After the game was rejoined, there was more unsightly pitching from Shepherd’s Justin Byrd and Concord’s Ryan Weatherholtz, Will Zuspan, and Justin Willard.
Shepherd survived against the rain, the 17 hits its pitchers allowed, the five walks those pitchers gifted, the four errors it committed, the rain storm, and a partridge in a pear tree. The Rams won by the football-like score of 19-12.
The win came because of an 11-run inning the Rams had before rain calmed the wildness just a little, because of a five-run inning the second-grade field trippers missed, because it had 20 hits and was gifted with six walks, two hit batsmen, and the three errors the Mountain Lions committed.
In going over the offensive statistics created by Shepherd’s 19 runs and 20 hits, the individual numbers of some of the Rams make it clearer how the team’s mostly inept pitching was overcome.
Nathan Minnich was on base five times, going 2-for-2 with a home run (his 13th in Shepherd’s 26-game season), and three RBIs. Brandon Coffey was on base four times, scored three times, and drove in two runs. Michael Lott was on base four times. He had three hits, scored three times, and drove in four runs from his leadoff spot. Lott had a triple and double.
Getting three hits for the Rams was ninth-place hitter Kenny Beyer. Scoring three runs were Jake Cook and Nash Hutter. Hutter had a solo home run.
The Rams had nine extra base hits and 33 total bases with their 20 hits. Nineteen runs were gleaned from the 28 baserunners.
Concord’s Jerrod Groves went 5-for-5 getting at least one hit off all four of the Shepherd moundsmen — starter Trevor Appleby, Byrd, Paul Hvozdovic, and Andrew Gallant.
Devin Smith had two solo home runs for the Mountain Lions, who actually closed the score to 12-11 at one point. Getting two hits for Concord were T. J. Brockway, Keith Morrisroe, Bret Blevins, and Smith.
Kevin Mack was the Concord starter. He lasted 13 batters and was lifted with two outs in the second after surrendering five hits, a walk, a hit batter, and eight baserunners. Justice prevailed when Mack was charged with the loss.
The field day was enjoyed by the second graders. A field day was enjoyed by the hitters of both teams.