The Ridgerunner baseball season opened varsity play Tuesday at Beauchamp Field with a 6-2 loss to the Vinita Hornets.
Tuesday’s game was played in cold and gusty conditions. Besides battling the elements the Ridgerunners were facing a shortage of manpower for their season opener. As many as seven players- six of whom could be potential starters- were missing in action against Vinita due to the ongoing basketball season.
“We’re just playing along until we can get everybody on the field,” said GHS Head Coach Bret Bouher.
“It was the first time we had stepped on the field in a competition,” Bouher said of the game. “Usually we have three to five scrimmage dates prior to our opener but because of the small number of players with us- who aren’t playing basketball- we didn’t have enough kids to fill a scrimmage schedule.”
The Hornets broke out to an early 4-0 lead but the Ridgerunners battled back in the fifth to make it a 4-2 game.
“We scratched two runs on a walk, a base hit, and an error and made it 4-2. We had a ball game going for a while,” Bouher said.
The seventh inning saw the Hornet bats take two walks on 3-2 pitches that, combined with two more hits, led to the 6-2 final.
“We put five freshmen on the field today and we only had one player on the field who had ever started a varsity game and that was T.J. Griffith,” Bouher said. “Obviously we’re pretty green.
“Our team goals are a lot bigger than playing well on March 3rd,” Bouher added.
The Ridgerunners are scheduled to host Claremore-Sequoyah today at 4:30 PM. Saturday the team will travel to Casia Hall for a noon date. GHS starts a home stand next week hosting the Fairland Fighting Owls on Monday and Delco rival the Jay Bulldogs on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM.