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Prep Baseball: Eagles don't treat Grace gracefully

April 02, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com
  • Grace Academy's Tony Hahn (12) can't get the handle on a throw while Heritage Academy runner Nate Patey slides safely into second base during the Eagles' 19-1 victory.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Even though the Heritage Academy baseball team provided plenty of offense during its season opener on Tuesday, coach Jeff Kriner isn’t settling for it.

The Eagles are capable of bigger and better things.

Heritage notched a 19-1 win over Grace Academy in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference game that lasted 4 1/2 innings at Hellane Park. And it was without even trying.

“I thought that we did good,” Kriner said. “The offense was a little sluggish. I think that we will pick it up in the next couple of games.”

Senior pitchers Bryce Nigh and Bubba Kriner combined on a one-hitter. Nigh struck out seven in four innings while recording the win. Kriner added two strikeouts in his inning of work.

“Bryce Nigh pitched a nice game for a season-opener with the cold temperatures,” Jeff Kriner said. “The defense was solid. We’re still trying to put guys in different spots and find our comfort zone.”

Tyler Reese had two hits and three RBIs for Heritage, while Nate Patey and David Shank had two RBIs each.

Grace (0-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Ben Quirple led off with the Knights’ only hit. He advanced on a pair of wild pitches before scoring on Cole’ Helman’s one-out grounder to the mound.

Heritage (1-0) took controlled from there with four runs in the bottom of the first. Poyle singled to left, Nigh walked and Kriner singled to left for the first run. One out later, David Fisler walked to load the bases before Reese delivered a two-run single to center. Fisler scored a run on a throwing error.

The Eagles added eight runs in the second to increase their advantage to 12-1. Ethan Nield got a two-run double to left, while Patey and Nigh added RBI infield singles.

Reese added an RBI double to left for the Eagles in the third.

The Eagles scored their last six runs in the fourth, highlighted by Alex Strickler’s two-run single to center, while Fisler and Shank added RBI singles.

“I think that we will be right there in the MDCC,” Jeff Kriner said. “I think that we have a chance to contend for a conference title.”

“We gave up 13 walks and that really killed us,” Grace Academy coach Justin Culbertson said. “Hopefully by Friday, we can improve in all areas. Heritage Academy hit the ball well and they didn’t make any mistakes.”

Heritage 19, Grace Academy 1
Grace    100    00    —    1    1    3
Heritage    481    6x    —    19    10    2
Cole, Helman (2) and Helman, Quirple (2). Nigh, Kriner (5) and Patey. WP — Nigh (1-0). LP — Cole (0-1).

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