Baseball Falcons fight back, but can't overcome Crab's 8-run 4th inning

Blaine Morse, who hit his first career home run in Tuesday's game, rounds third base during the Falcons' season opener against Crab Orchard. (Doug Daniels Photo)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

March 14, 2018

  (Dowell, Ill.) - An eight-run fourth inning for Crab Orchard was too much for Elverado to overcome in their varsity baseball season opener on Tuesday, as the Falcons fell at home 14-7 in Dowell.
  “We had our ups and downs today," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "We had moments at the plate where we looked good, we came up just short twice with the bases loaded. One more hit here or there and we are able to add several more runs."
 An error and a double led to the Trojans' first run in the top of first inning. The Falcons threatened in the bottom half, loading the sacks after a single by Avery Caraker, a hit-by-pitch to Trey Bernardini, and a walk to Andrew Thomas, but couldn't scrape a run across.
  A single and a walk both came around to score for the Trojans in the third, where they took a 3-0 lead, but this time Elverado had an answer. A two-run double by Bernardini preceded the first career home run for Blaine Morse, a two-run shot that gave the Falcons a 4-3 lead.

  But things came unraveled for EHS in the fourth, when Crab Orchard banged out six hits and drew three walks, resulting in a snowman on the scoreboard, and an 11-3 lead.
  The Falcons chipped away three runs in the sixth, but couldn't get any closer.
"  We will get there," said Emling, "the kids have been working hard, we have some young guys stepping in and playing right away, and several people playing multiple positions, some of which are new to them. The kids have been responsive to those changes. They are doing everything we ask of them. Defensively we have to stay alert at all times and always know the situation. These are all things we will continue to work on.”
  Caraker (2-4, 2 R, BB), Bernardini (1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, HBP), Morse (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, BB), Tanner Shread (1-4, 2 R, BB), Hunter McRoy (1-3, RBI, BB), and Clayton Tripp-Reams (1-4, R) had hits for the Falcons.
  EHS (0-1) hosts Red Bud at Dowell City Park on Friday.

(Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com)

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