By John Bombatch Sports Editor email@example.com
May 3, 2014
XENIA — Nearly everybody on the Xenia High School varsity baseball roster got into Friday’s run-ruled six-inning win over visiting Trotwood-Madison. The 10-0 win was a learning experience for both sides, and laughs were shared by both teams along the way.
Bucs coach Barry Claus said the game against the winless Rams was a chance for him to give some less experienced players some varsity playing time.
“I played three or four kids off the junior varsity team. We think we have some kids on our JV squad who will be able to come up to the varsity level and contribute. It’s always good when you get a chance to see them play.”
Jordan Current collected three of Xenia’s 12 hits. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, an uncontested stolen base two runs scored and three runs driven in. Tyler McClanahan (2-for-2 two runs scored), Trevor Adkins (2-for-3, two runs scored, two RBI) and Joe Walton (2-for-3 with a triple, run scored and 2 RBI) each had multiple hits for Xenia (10-12, 1-7 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South).
Kelton Gray (1-for-1 with a steal and a run scored) and Matthew Graham (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) also collected hits. Xenia scored runs in every inning but the fifth.
Chris Puett saw his first-ever varsity at-bat in the fifth inning. He grounded out to Rams pitcher Cammeron Wilson, but that didn’t stop his teammates from mobbing him with congratulations as he ran back to the Xenia dugout.
That light-heartedness continued on Trotwood-Madison’s side of the field as well.
At one point, Rams coach Kerry Ivy implored his baserunner on first to pay more attention to his steal signal from Ivy’s third base coaches box.
“Do I need to send you a text?” Ivy yelled over to the player, drawing chuckles from both teams. After two more pitches, Ivy laid into his young runner once more.
“Or how ‘bout I hire one of them planes with the message streaming behind it. Saying something like ‘Dominique, steal second,’ ” Ivy yelled.
On the next pitch, Dominique Stephens stole second. He and Darius Stephens collected the only hits for the Rams (0-10, 0-8 GWOC North).
With his team lined up to play Carroll and Waynesville today, Xenia’s Claus limited each of his pitchers to just a couple innings. Starter Jordan Current pitched two innings, followed by Denny Sterling (one inning), Noah Pickering (one inning) and then Kelton Gray (two innings).
“Current was able to dazzle them with his knuckleball,” Claus laughed. “Then we were able to get Sterling and Pickering out there, and Gray’s been bugging me to let him pitch so we got him out there, too. I wanted to keep everybody reasonably fresh for tomorrow.”
Xenia will host Carroll at 10 a.m. The Patriots will then play Waynesville for the following game, then Xenia will face Waynesville for the day’s final game at 3 p.m. All three games are at Xenia High School.