With area baseball teams having very few practices outside so far this season, many coaches have expressed concern over how well their teams will play defense.
Through three games, Fredonia doesn't seem to have that problem.
The Hillbillies took two games from Springville on Thursday in non-league high school baseball action, by the scores of 5-2 and 18-4, while committing just one error.
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Fredonia’s Chris Saden takes a swing during Thursday’s non-league high school baseball doubleheader against Springville. The Hillbillies won both games, 5-2 and 18-4, at Chestnut Field and return to action today against JFK at noon.
In the second game, Jude Gardner went 4 for 5 with four RBIs while Weston Ley pitched three solid innings for the victory.
"Weston did a nice job throwing strikes," Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. "We had good defense at the right time. Our pitchers threw strikes and that's what we need early in the season. Defensively, third base was perfect. Chris Saden and Cam Voss at first are doing the job. Zach Buckley has been phenomenal behind the plate. Our outfielders are hitting the cuts and making plays. We have some cannons out there between Nick Hart and Jude Gardner."
The Hillbillies were aided by an 11-run second inning. During the frame, Fredonia sent 13 batters to the plate. Cody Smith, Zack Odebralski and Colton Haas each scored two runs in the home half. The key hits in the frame included three-run doubles by Gardner and Hart. Cameron Voss also had a RBI single in the frame.
"It's good we got some timely hits," Gullo said. "A bunch of different guys came through and we just keep moving forward."
Fredonia faced adversity early on as Springville loaded the bases with one out. However, Ley was able to get a force out at home for the second out and a fly ball to Hart for the third out. Fredonia's Noah Voss faced the same situation in the fifth inning as Springville loaded the bases with one out again. However, Voss was able to get consecutive flyouts to end the threat.
Key defensive plays for the Hillbillies included a 6-4-3 double play and Hart throwing out a Springville runner at home plate.
Ley picked up the win on the mound while Noah Voss pitched two strong innings and Jarod Burmaster finished the game with two solid innings of his own.
"Pitching wise, Weston did a nice job getting us some breathing room and Noah Voss, throwing his first couple innings of the season, did a great job with good defense," Gullo said. "Burmaster finished it up for us. They ate up some innings we needed desperately."
In the opening game of the doubleheader, Cam Voss picked up the win on the mound as he went four strong innings with just two hits and four strikeouts.
He entered the game with the score deadlocked 2-all.
Gardner was stellar at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI while Seb McAfee had two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth to give Fredonia the lead for good. Smith also doubled to score a run.
"Jude is hitting the ball very well, as is Nick Hart," Gullo noted. "It's good to see those guys leading us. McAfee had two big hits in the first game. That was a tight game so we needed that from him."
Trent Thompson started the game on the bump and went three innings as he yielded three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
With a 3-0 record and a home game today against JFK at noon at Chestnut Field, Gullo is happy with the fact his team got four games in this week.
"It's good to get outside and get 14 innings in," he said. "By the time we get to school next week, we have four games under our belt. We have a lot to look forward to."