Talked to Nathan's dad after Monday night's game. He thought the boys looked nervous.
Will reached base all three times he batted, going 2-2 and was HBP. Mr. Shetler said at least one of the hits was a line drive single. Crown only managed five other hits in the 7 inning game. The Dallas pitcher went the distance, striking out 5 and walking none.
Playing third, Will made a diving stop of a ground ball. He quickly got to his feet and forced the runner at second.
Tanner, a senior, pitched the first 3 innings, but appeared nervous. He allowed an earned run off 3 hits and 3 walks. Will relieved him and pitched the last 3 innings, throwing 68% strikes, striking out 7, without allowing an earned run.
As I had feared, the Crown defense continued their shaky ways. Three errors (two by the catcher) led to 3 unearned runs. With two runners one base, Will struck a batter out with a nasty curve. The catcher dropped the pitch, then threw wildly to first.
Tuesday Crown had to win to qualify for the weekend tourney. Even winning by a close score might not be enough to qualify. After the Tuesday shutout a low runs per inning average could still keep them out.
They easily beat Wakeusha 5-1, emptying the bench so everyone could play. Will went 1-3 with an RBI double and a walk. He stole 2 bases and scored a run. Having thrown three of their best pitchers, Thursday Crown turns to their last reliable pitcher. Will and Tanner will be called upon to pitch on short rest.