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FHS '9' start season with an offensive explosion

Game 1: Muth 17 - Kearsley 2

  The Eagles started their season off with an offensive explosion. Zach Freier drove the first pitch of the game into left center for a double. After a strikeout, Danny Mills knocked Zach in with a double to center. Garrett Rezmer singled to left, which brought Danny home for the 2-0 lead. Ben Schuler kept the offense rolling with a walk, then on a passed ball both Ben and Garrett advanced. After another strikeout, Jackson Mahnke started a two out rally with a single that drove home both runners. Kevin Heinzman walked then advanced to second and Mahnke to third on a passed ball, then both scored on an error by the Kearsley shortstop to make the score 6-0. Freier walked in his second plate appearance of the inning and moved to third on a double by Connor Campbell that scored Danny Szczepanski. Mills singled again to score Freier and Mahnke and extend the Eagle lead to 10-0. 
  Danny Szczepanski singled with two outs in the second, then stole second and took third on a passed ball, then scored on another passed ball. 
Two singles and an error in the third led to two Kearsley runs making the score 10-2. 
Walks by Kyle Robinson, Heinzman, and Szczepanski loaded the bases with one out for Freier who delivered a single that scored two runs in the fourth.
  In the fifth, walks by Austin Johnson and Robinson started the inning. Stan Trombley drove Johnson home with a single. Heinzman singled to score Robinson, then an attempted double play that was beat out by Szczepanski allowed Trombley to score. A double by Freier drove Szczepanski home, then another attempted double play was beat out by Mills, which brought Freier home for the final run of the game. The Eagle defense kept the Hornets off the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th and the Eagles picked up the mercy win.
  Zach Freier gets the win throwing two innings giving up two hits and striking out four.
Garrett Rezmer also threw two innings giving up three hits and two runs, while striking out four.
Austin Johnson closed the game out giving up two hits and striking out two.
  Zach Freier was the big hitter for the game going 3-3 with two walks and three RBI’s.
Danny Mills went 2-2 with a run scored and four RBI’s.’
Connor Campbell also had a two hit night going 2-5

Game two: Muth 0 - Kearsley 0

  After putting on a scoring display in game one, the Eagles could only muster four hits against a crafty lefty in game two. Connor Campbell was equal to the task though, throwing five innings of three- hit, shutout baseball and Kevin Heinzman backed him up with two more innings of no hit baseball. 
  A little spectacular late game defense by both teams with runners in scoring position kept the game knotted at zero until it was called on darkness after seven. Danny Mills led the offense going 2-4, while Garrett Rezmer and Jackson Mahnke rounded out the Eagle offense going 1-2 with a walk each.
Connor Campbell threw five in the no decision giving up two hits and walking one while striking out six.
Kevin Heinzman threw two giving up no hits and no runs, struck out two and walked four.
  It was a good first night for us. The defense came up big when they needed to and was mentally ready every play which is something we talk about often. I was very impressed with our pitchers. All five of the guys that threw tonight were efficient with their hitters, kept their pitch counts down and didn’t give up many walks, which is always a key for high school pitchers. I think that we answered a lot of questions tonight for a team that is replacing seven starters and while there’s still a lot of work to do, it was a good way to start the season.


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