The Jets scored early and had the lead for a good bit of the game against a solid National Trail team. But in the 6th inning Trail scored all of the runs that they needed to defend their home field. The Jets tried to get a rally going in the top of the seventh, but they only scored one more run to make the final score 6-3 in favor of Trail.
Still for five innings the young Jets team played well. One of their scores was an exciting suicide squeeze. Caden Goins was able to reach base when he was hit by the pitcher, advanced to second on a stolen base, and made it to third when Dalton Goubeaux bunted. Right after a Trail time out coach gave the signal and so Ethan Coppess was able to lay down a bunt and Goins raced down the 3rd base line for the run.
They showed grit in the seventh when they tried to fight their way back in the game. Goins was hit by a pitch (again). This time he seemed a bit sore so Dylan Brumbaugh was brought in to run. He was able to score when Gabe Sargent hit a sharp grounder and the throw was off target. But the throw to first was on target for the next batter and that out ended the game.
Starting pitcher Brenden Hosler pitched a decent game most of the way. He had 6-strikeouts and gave up 4-earned runs. He had a situation early in the game where he showed some poise. He hit a batter, allowed him to advance to second on a wild pitch, then settled himself down and coolly struck out the batter to end the inning. He pitched most of the game with Goins coming in for relief. Webb would be the pitcher of record for Trail with Moore coming in as a closer in the seventh.
Coach Rhodus, “I really think we played pretty well today. We were making plays on defense the whole game. Timmy Lawson on third base made some good plays – he attacked the ball and had a good backhand and throw for an out. Hosler looked good on the mound, He was pounding the strike zone and staying ahead in the count. For 5-innings we held one of the better teams in the conference to zero runs.”
“This game is a testament to how we are and how we are improving. We executed the squeeze and got a run across. The players ran the bases well today. Their sticks came alive in the sixth inning – and good teams do that. But on the season we are getting better. We have played 5 games and we have taken 5 steps forward. Sure I am disappointed in the loss, but I am happy that we are competing, we are grinding.”
Franklin Monroe hitting: Seese 2-3, Timmy Lawson 2-3, Goins 1-2, Goubeaux 1-3, Sargent 1-3. Stolen Bases: Goins, Sease, Sargent.