ST. JOSEPH ♦ More than two weeks later than they originally were supposed to, the Chillicothe High School baseball Hornets finally got a taste of 2013 game action yesterday. But for some understandable, first-game physical lapses, they might have scored an impressive opening win, too.
Visiting St. Joseph: Benton, perennially one of the better prep diamond programs in the region, the Hornets – with only two players returning at the same position they patrolled last year – seized a first-inning opportunity to grab a quick 3-0 lead and were in front 5-3 as late as the fifth inning before eventually bowing to the Cardinals, 10-6.
“We’d been out on (the “June” Shaffer Memorial Park stadium) field only three different days, so really the guys did a good job. They made some physical errors, but they didn’t make any mental errors, so that’s one good thing that we take out of this,” first-year coach Troy Figg commented.
“We put the ball in play pretty well and we didn’t make any baserunning errors or mental errors in the outfield, so that was good to see.”
The diamond Hornets return to St. Joseph immediately today as they meet Lafayette in another 4:30 p.m. contest. This varsity/junior-varsity twinbill is slated for Phil Welch Stadium.