CLEVELAND, TN – A young, and talented squad displayed strong defensive potential in just their first two games of the season, behind a pair of freshman aces, and a defense that turned a heads-up double play, in a pair of doubleheader losses, by scores of 8-1, and 11-1 against Tennessee Temple, on Monday afternoon, during the team’s week-long spring break trip.
“I was very pleased with our defense, especially when Tennessee Temple has already played 15 games, and we have a lots of new faces. Our pitching was very solid, and we look forward to making progress in our offensive game,” stated head coach Gary Garrison.
Freshman Micah Burdett (Newnan, GA) got the nod in game one, and despite a four run first, and three-run third, the first-year player struck out four, and spread out just one run, over the final three innings.
Burdett’s support came in a defense that had just two errors, and the team got on the board in the fourth inning, when junior Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) drove in freshman Adam Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA), for a 7-1 deficit. Rost advanced to third on a single by Burdett, but the inning ended on a groundout.
Rost, who finished 2-3 from the plate, and had a double that just missed going over the fence, later commented, “I was just trying to get solid contact, and was able to connect on the pitch.” He would finish with an RBI and a run scored in both games.
Behind freshman pitcher Greg Scheiderer, Maranatha jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, after a scoreless first, courtesy of a single RBI by Adam’s brother, Caleb, who drove in Rost.
Tennessee Temple countered in the next inning, by pushing four runs past home plate, off two hits, and tacking on three more in the third inning.
Scheiderer pitched four innings, allowing just four hits, and striking out a batter, in his first career start. The 6-1 pitcher out of Toledo, OH, ignited a key play in the second inning, throwing out the runner at home, while freshman catcher Jacob Vossen (Port Clinton, OH) finished it off with a toss to first to complete the double play.
Maranatha moves forward with a competition on Wednesday, against Johnson University, in Knoxville, TN, at 2:00 p.m. EST.