Manila Jr. Lion baseball kicks off season with 3 wins
Manila Junior Lions kicked off the 2017-2018 baseball season with three wins defeating EPC, Gosnell and West Memphis.
Coach Jason Crane is enjoying his first year to work with junior high. He has always coached older teams. Coach Crane said the junior boys are working hard.
Manila vs. EPC
The Jr. Lions defeated EPC 7-1 on March 8 for the opening game. Mason Mullen was the winning pitcher striking out six and giving up only one run.
Jake Baltimore went 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored.
Manila vs. Gosnell
Manila hosted Gosnell on March 10 finishing with a 11-6 win for the second game of the season. Dax Davidson was the starting pitcher striking out three; walking two; and giving up two runs.
Baltimore was the relief pitcher striking out seven, walking four and giving up four runs.
Baltimore, the lead off hitter, had a perfect day with four runs off four hits. He was on base five times with a walk.
Dustin Clark had a big day at the plate going 3 for 5 with two doubles and a triple. Jaron Burrow also had 2 for 4.
Manila vs. West Memphis
Coach Crane said the offense was rolling once again at the West Memphis match-up on March 13. The Lions took the game 12-6.
Mullen was the starting pitcher giving up one run; one strike out, and one walk. Drake Shelton pitched relief giving up five runs on five hits.
Clark went 3 for 3 with a double. Jackson Roddy was 2 for 4 with a triple. Burrow had a good day hitting 3 for 3 with four RBIs.
Coach Crane said the key to this game was holding the runners.
“Other teams have been stealing a lot of bases,” he said. “That is one area we have tried to work on. Our pitchers are working on holding the runners giving our catcher a chance to throw. Their work paid off as they are improving. Sometimes the catchers go unsung but we have a good catcher in Chance Miller. He puts on the gear and works hard and never complains.”
Coach Crane said he tries to schedule B games giving all of the players experience.
“It also allows us to see which kids can throw strikes,” he said.