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Crawford County’s Evan Aldridge, right, rounds third base en route to score the first of 40 runs the Wolfpack tallied against visiting Christian Academy of Indiana. Photo by Wade Bell

Wolfpack roll over Christian Academy

April 06, 2011
Crawford County's baseball team got its season off to a big start Thursday afternoon as it kept the visiting Christian Academy of Indiana Warriors both scoreless and hitless in a 40-0 win. Wolfpack coach Greg Gogel said it felt good for both him and his players to finally get the season underway.

"What's great about this and playing tonight is our guys had the experience and the emotion of the game," Gogel said. "We played each other last week as a scrimmage, and it's not quite the same as when another vehicle or another bus pulls up and that other team gets off and you get a little nervous and some heightened emotions. How do you respond to that? I'm glad we've got that under our belts now. We can work on some of our deficiencies now and get better for rest of the season."

The Wolfpack held the Warriors to a single base runner in the top of the first inning then went to work with their bats. Crawford County had 10 hits in the inning, with six for extra bases. Christian Academy struggled on the mound, walking eight batters and hitting one more. By the time the inning was over, the Wolfpack had piled up a 21-0 lead.

Crawford County scored 19 more runs in its other three at-bats, including 14 in the bottom of the second inning, to go on for the five-inning, 40-0 win.

For Gogel, it was a chance to give his younger players a chance to get on the field during a varsity game.

"They got their feet wet a little bit," he said. "I asked one of the freshmen, when they got out there to first base, 'How's this feel?' He said, 'Man this is great.' We haven't always had the luxury of being able to do that. That's another positive this evening. Those kids have been working hard, as well. To have an opportunity to go out and play is only that much more rewarding."

Crawford County finished with 21 hits, led by Kyle Aldridge with four hits and C.J. Shelton and Seth Lindauer with three each. Eric Harned, Patrick Allen and Evan Aldridge had two hits each. Crawford County threw three pitchers, striking out nine Warriors and walking just two.

"We really did square up pretty well," Gogel said of his team's hitting. "I would have to say that was good at-bats. We got deep in the count perhaps and made the pitcher work. They were falling behind, and whenever we would get a good fastball hitting count, we were able to take advantage and that's a good sign."

Besides going hitless, Christian Academy had nine errors. The Warriors used four pitchers, who struck out five but walked 17 and hit three Crawford County batters.

Gogel said his team is bringing experience back from last season and hopes to be competitive with whomever they play.

"If we stay with our minds right and not get ahead of ourselves, trying to look too far ahead and not just at the next game, we should be competitive," he said. "We have a lot of experience and all the areas have much improved in baseball.

"They've got a lot of people returning, just like we do. We have to stay within ourselves. We're not extremely talented in a sense we can rely on just our talent to win ballgames. We're going to have to play good, clean baseball each and every night. We've got to make sure we're focused on that."

"Baseball season is going to have ups and downs, but we want to keep on working towards just improving ourselves as a team," Gogel said. "With those seniors and not letting them get complacent, we've got to keep getting better and having fun with the game. Things will work out in our favor, if that's the case."

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