Osage baseball off to solid start

Osage’s Adam Hill makes the play at home to save a run in a loss against Southern Boone.

Osage’s Adam Hill makes the play at home to save a run in a loss against Southern Boone. Photo by Alison Schneider.

The opening week for Osage baseball went pretty well. They opened at home against Crocker on March 26 and picked up their first win with a 7-2 victory over Crocker.

“It’s always great to get that first win in the books,” said head coach David Flaspohler. “We were very disciplined offensively and drew 12 walks. We’ve been working on patience at the plate.”

Opening day jitters took their toll and a couple of first inning throwing errors gave Crocker a 1-0 lead in the first.

Senior center fielder Zach Edwards and sophomore second baseman Trevor Koncevic each drew a walk to start things off. Senior shortstop Jared Edwards hit an RBI double that scored brother Zach, tying it up. Third baseman Tristan Bates walked to load the bases for senior Levi Davis, who picked up an RBI walk and put the Indians on top.

Osage pitcher, junior Adam Hill gave up one hit and walked one in the top of the second inning, but the Lions weren’t able to bring it home. For Osage, it was a repeat of the first inning, with Zach Edwards and Koncevic both scoring after reaching on walks. This time, it was on heads-up base running as they turned a combination of wild pitches and passed balls to round the bases.

The Indians were able to shut Crocker down again in the third and added another two runs to their own score, as Hill and Zac Ollison both turned walks into runs and Osage was up 6-1 after three. The final Osage run came in the fourth inning as Jared Edwards walked and stole two bases before a Bates RBI single brought him home.

Crocker scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh, ending the game and putting the first Osage win in the books for 2012.

Hill pitched three innings on opening day, finishing with five walks, five strikeouts and allowing two hits. Zach Edwards took the mound for the rest of the game, striking out five while walking four and giving up two hits.

For the Indians, Zach Edwards scored twice on three walks and had one RBI, scoring Ollison on a 1-3 sacrifice in the third. Koncevic scored twice and Hill plated once.

“Even though we were outhit four to three, we put seven runs on the board with our quality at-bats and aggressive base-running,” said Flaspohler. “Defensively, we could have been stronger. They got caught on their heels a couple of times, but overall I think it was a good outing for us, but we look to improve all the way around.”

On Thursday, the tribe travelled to Climax Springs and crushed the Cougars 25-4 in five innings.

The Indians scored seven in the first inning and finished with 25 hits for the night.

“Our bats came alive and our hitters stayed within themselves by not trying to do too much” said Flaspohler.

Jared Edwards was five for five with a double and a triple, scoring five runs and picking up two RBIs. He started off the second inning by taking first after being hit by a pitch with a full count and ended up scoring on the next batter’s (Ruffy) single. David Rossman and Ollison had four RBIs each and Hill and Bates both had three.

Taking the mound was sophomore pitcher Tori Tomson. He took the win, pitching a full game and giving up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

“Tomson threw well for us, sticking to a philosophy of ‘on or out in three pitches,” said Flaspohler. “That fills up the zone and keeps the infielders involved and on their toes. It worked pretty well.”

Friday was another home game facing district opponent Southern Boone and took their first hit with a 5-2 loss to the Eagles.

Osage scored in the bottom of the second as a Dylan Jeffries double to center field scored Tristan Bates and the Indians were up 1-0.

Southern Boone pulled ahead in the top of the third when the first two batters reached on singles. Osage pitcher Adam Hill took out the next batter, fielding a bunt and throwing the runner out at first and then striking out the next.

Junior first baseman Gus Goodnight lined a double into right field, scoring the two base runners and putting SoBo up 2-1 with two out. Goodnight took a fall rounding first base and had to leave the game with a badly broken leg. Osage Beach Fire and Rescue responded and Goodnight was transported to Lake Regional for treatment.

When the game resumed 25 minutes later, Hill was still on the mound with a runner on second base. He closed the inning by fielding a short hop to the mound and throwing out the runner on first.

SoBo scored one in the fourth, fifth and seventh. Zach Edwards plated once more for the Indians in the fifth inning, beating out a throw to first and stealing second base. Koncevic’s at bat was the Indian’s first out of the inning, but Edwards advanced to third. Jared Edwards stepped to the plate and picked up an RBI, legging out a solid triple to right field in the process.

The Indians hosted Tri-County conference foe Versailles on Tuesday and will host Russellville on Thursday. Next week they hit the road visiting Eldon on Monday, Richland on April 10 and California on April 12 before finishing the week at home hosting Macks Creek on April 13.

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