Middle School Baseball

A Team Surrenders Lead Late, Falls to Farnsley in Tournament

A Team Surrenders Lead Late, Falls to Farnsley in Tournament

On Saturday morning the A baseball team was scheduled to open tournament play at 9 a.m. against Farnsley Middle School.  The Wyverns showed up early to prepare only to be delayed due to field conditions.  Rain from the previous night left the field a bit wet and forced games to be delayed an hour.  

After the delay the Wyverns took the field as the visiting team in the first round of the tournament. After two scoreless innings St. Francis finally broke the game open scoring 2 runs in the top half of the third inning and found themselves ahead after four 2-1.  

The early tie was broken in the third when Isaiah Green drew a walk.  At that point the Wyverns hadn't been able to drive home any runs despite having three on base during the first two innings.  After Greens walk, Connor Gorman stepped to the plate with two down and hit a rock shot double to deep center field, easily scoring Green.  Stevuan Butler was able to draw a walk and Eli Jaffe hit a blooper into right field plating Gorman in the process.  The inning ended with Brian Haupt hitting into a 4-3 but the damage was done.   

Stevaun Butler had a magnificent outing on the mound pitching four innings, surrendering the lone run on a two out base hit.  Through four Butler struck out four and the Wyverns stranded a total of five runners on the base path.   Butler struggled in his last outing against Hebron, a top five team at seasons end.  But he found his rhythm and seemed to get stronger as the game wore on.  He was replaced by Isaiah Green in the fifth inning.

Green, who had a stellar outing in his last game against Meyzeek, took to the mound for the fifth inning.  This time Green just didn't have it as he struggled through the inning allowing 11 runs on five hits and four walks.  The Wyverns fell in their final outing, 12-2.  

Overall the Wyverns were a solid team throughout the season.  The late loss of pitcher Lake Mackin, really affected St. Francis as they only had two pitchers the remainder of the season.  Levi Tyler did step onto the rubber a couple times, doing a admirable job.  But without Mackin, the team wasn't the same.  Third grader Savion Butler played in his first A team game as the teams roster was short on Saturday.