Central starts baseball season with 8-0 mark

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Central baseball: The 2008 Washington Central baseball team members are, in front, from left: Christian Dominguez, Kyle Uhlenhake, Riley Wagner and Cole Cook; second row: manager Kaleb Rhoades, Grant Cotner, Tye Fuerst, Brogan Brownfield, Hayden Bodine, Shawn Look, Andrew Holderness, Casey Danley and manager Hunter Watts; third row: coach Eric Joop, Trevor Hibbard, Tanner Smith, Tucker Harlan, Cade Jackson, Riley Woodward, Joe Harper, Mason McCoy, Zach Skulte and coach Ryan Davis.

The Washington Central baseball team is off to a great start this year. 

Coach Ryan Davis said he has a group of players who work hard there efforts are paying off. 

Central added new faces Mason McCoy, Casey Danley, Tanner Smith, Christian Dominguez and Tucker Harlan to the team. 

Coach Eric Joop said he believes the Trojans are battling at the plate and being aggressive on the bases.

Central beat Metamora St. Mary’s, 13-0, in the first game of the season.

Starting off with the first pitch the Central bats were off and running with an early 3-0 lead. 

The winning pitcher was Zach Skulte, who gave up one hit and struck out seven.

Kyle Uhlenhake came in for some relief work and fanned two batters. 

Joe Harper led the team offensively with two hits.

In the second game of the season, Central defeated Dunlap Middle School, 16-0.

McCoy was the winning pitcher for Central, striking out three and yielding one hit. 

Tanner Smith came in for relief work and struck out the side. 

Riley Woodward hit his first home run of the season, an inside the park shot. 

Cade Jackson and McCoy had three hits on the day.

On Aug. 23, the Trojans dropped District 50 16-0 and was winning 13-0 in the second game of a doubleheader before it was rained out. 

Harlan got the win in the first game, giving up only three hits. 

Hayden Bodine came in for some relief work and struck out 2-of-4 batters he faced. 

Jackson led the team offensively in the first game, collecting four hits. Danley and McCoy added three hits each. 

Grant Cotner was a menace on the basepaths, stealing three. 

A game with Tremont was close for a little while before Central broke it open in the fifth in a 14-3 victory.

McCoy got the win for Central, striking out seven.

Jackson came in as relief hurler and struck out five.

McCoy again was the top offensive threat for the Trojans as he went 4-for-4 on the day and scored three times.

The next game on the schedule put Central up against another Washington team, St. Patrick. 

Skulte got the win for Central in a 14-4 decision, giving up three hits and striking out two. 

Uhlenhake came in and shut the door on the Irish, pitching 3 solid innings. 

Central scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Trevor Hibbard led the team offensively going 3-for-3. 

Dominguez, Shawn Look and Andrew Holderness all had hits on the day.

On Aug. 28, Eureka lost to Central, 12-2.

Jackson gained the win by striking out three Hornets and he helped his cause by going 2-for-2.

Danley reached base safely and scored all three times her batted.

Central then cruise to a 14-1 win over Parkview. 

Tanner Smith notched the win for Central, surrendering two hits on the day before Skulte came in to shut down the Warriors’ offense.

McCoy and Woodward had two hits to guide the Trojan offense.

The Trojans faced Washington Middle School in a great intercity rivalry game.

McCoy was a threat on the mound as well as at the plate. He pitched six strong innings with seven strikeouts and whacked two home runs.

Jackson entered to close the door, and he got all three batters he faced to ground out to Woodward at second base. 

The games between WMS and Central  always are nerve racking because of the friendly rivalry the two schools, Central’s Davis said.

Joe Harper started the Trojans off right with a two-run double in the first inning. 

On Saturday, Central completed a sweep of Delavan, 10-0 and 12-0, in a doubleheader. 

The Trojans scored two runs in the first inning and never relinquish the lead. 

The winning pitcher in the first game was Jackson, who struck out 11. 

Jackson assisted the cause at the plate, hitting his first home run of the year in the second inning.

Harlan got the win for the Trojans in the second game with help offensively from Hibbard and Brogan Brownfield, both of whom went 3-for-3 on the day. 

Cotner stole five bases in game two.