Pre­view 2019: Cards Vs. Pi­o­neers

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

— Down to their last at-bat Gen­try thought they had a chance with one out and a run­ner on only to have Farm­ing­ton turn a dou­ble play.

The Pi­o­neers hung on as long as they could, but their hopes in­stantly evap­o­rated when Farm­ing­ton closer Kyle Gates (3 in­nings pitched, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strike-outs) in­duced Gen­try ju­nior Dy­lan Ray­burn to hit into a 6-4-3 dou­ble play. The game, which fea­tured a pre­view of 4A-1 base­ball in 2019 with the Car­di­nals re­join­ing the league, ended with Farm­ing­ton win­ning 8-1 at home on Mon­day, March 12.

Ray­burn started on the mound. He threw three­and-a-third in­nings be­fore run­ning into trou­ble in the fourth. Ray­burn al­lowed 5 runs on 5 hits. He gave up 3 bases-on-balls, two of which were caused by hit­ting bat­ters. Only 2 of the runs were earned, the other 3 caused by Gen­try mis­cues.

The game brought out mixed re­ac­tions from Farm­ing­ton coach Jay Harper.

“We scored four runs in the sec­ond off a cou­ple (Gen­try) er­rors,” Harper said. “We didn’t hit as well as I want us to. We didn’t pitch as well as I want us to. We played well de­fen­sively.”

Farm­ing­ton scored runs by com­mit­tee. No Car­di­nal scored twice. Eight dif­fer­ent play­ers crossed the plate. Se­nior Hay­den Van Lan­ing­ham drove in 4 runs. Three other Farm­ing­ton RBIs came from Cody Parrish, Drew Stur­geon (2-of-4) and Colton Kil­gore. Harper wants the Car­di­nals to be sharp.

“We can’t do the same type of things we’re do­ing and be suc­cess­ful in our league (5A West),” Harper said. “But hav­ing said that, we are see­ing some strides. We are go­ing to have to get bet­ter.”

Gen­try didn’t fare well at the plate. The Pi­o­neers were a col­lec­tive 3-of-25. Ju­nior out­fielder Pey­ton Wright went 1-for-2 with a sin­gle. He scored Gen­try’s only run. Ray­burn was 1-of-3 with a dou­ble. Ay­den Smartt (1-of4) had the only other hit for Gen­try. Da­mon Phillips pitched 1.2 score­less in­nings while Ja­cob Lothes pitched an in­ning giv­ing up 3 runs on 2 hits.

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