Baseball Falcons defeat S-V-W for back-to-back wins
Avery Caraker tossed a complete game and got the win over Waltonville-Sesser-Valier on May 2. (Doug Daniels File Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
May 11, 2018
(Dowell, Ill.) -Elverado got a two-run single from Blaine Morse and a strong pitching performance by Avery Caraker, enough to score a 2-1 home win over Waltonville-Sesser-Valier on May 2 in what head coach Jacob Emling called the team's "best overall game of the year."
W-S-V scored in the top of the second inning after two singles and a walk, but the Spartans couldn't get anything else off of Caraker, who gave up six hits and struck out four on the day.
Morse got the big hits in the top of the third, a two-run base hit that brought in Trey Bernardini, who drew a walk, and Hunter McRoy, who reached on an error.
"Defensively we were in some high pressure situations and we made all the plays," Emling said. "Avery commanded his pitches and worked counts wisely. Trey threw out their first attempted steal and shut that part of the game down for them early. The outfield caught everything and had good relays in to gun runners down. Offensively we had more quality at bats than all year. We looked disciplined at the plate. While we didn’t score a bunch of runs the positive at bats were a good sign to see. Blaine got the big bit for us when we needed it. This is our first back to back wins, and overall we seem to be playing a lot better, the boys keep working. Those are all positive things with the post season approaching.”
Bernardini (1-2, R, 2B, BB), McRoy (1-3, R), Morse (2-3, 2 RBI), Tanner Shread (1-3), George Shread (1-2, BB), Zach Absher (1-3) and Clayton Tripp-Reams (1-3) had hits for the Falcons.
Last Monday, the Falcons had the offense needed, but couldn't take care of things on the other side of the ball, falling 11-6 at home to Carrier Mills-Stonefort.
Three walks in a row to start the game led to three Carrier Mills runs in the top of the first, but by the bottom of the fifth, Elverado had bounced back to take the lead. Bernardini drove in two with a double in the second, T. Shread singled in a run in the third, and Morse delivered a sac fly in the fourth. Morse then gave EHS a lead in the fifth with a base hit, making it 5-4.
But things came unraveled in the top of the sixth where Carrier Mills plated six runs on three hits and three walks, also capitalizing on an Elverado error, regaining the lead at 10-5 and never trailing thereafter.
Bernardini (2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 2 BB), Morse (2-4, 2 RBI, SAC), Caraker (1-2, R, 2B, BB, HBP), T. Shread (1-3, R, RBI, BB), G. Shread (1-3, R, RBI, HBP), Absher (1-3, SAC), Tripp-Reams (1-4, R) and Andrew Thomas (1-4, HBP) hit safely for EHS against Carrier Mills.
Elverado 3, Joppa 1 (May 1, 2018 @Joppa):
Tanner Shread allowed just four hits and struck out ten as the Falcons won on the road at Joppa, 3-1. EHS scored twice in the top of the first inning to take charge, getting hits in the rally from Bernardini (triple), Morse (single) and Thomas (double). Thomas, McRoy and Absher later contributed in the fourth inning with base hits, leading to Elverado's third run.
“It’s always nice to get a conference win in the road," Emling said. "We hit early and got enough runs to hold on. Six different guys got a hit. Tanner threw a good game and the defense made plays behind him."
EHS's hits came from Bernardini (1-4, R, 3B), Morse (1-3, R), Thomas (2-3, R, 2B), McRoy (1-3), Absher (1-3) and Tripp-Reams (1-3).
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com