Prep baseball: Cadets pound arch-rival Wildcats 10-0
BEVERLY – The Fort Frye High baseball team had every facet of the game working Tuesday as the Cadets defeated rival Waterford 10-0 at Cadet Field.
Along with the 10 runs, Fort Frye swiped five bases, received a complete game, one-hit shutout from starting pitcher Casey Hall and committed no errors in the field.
It was a much-needed win for the Cadets, who were coming off of back-to-back losses to Magnolia and Parkersburg South.
“Our kids came out in a baseball-ready mode,” said Fort Frye head coach Sonny Bidwell. “They were very focused. They knew it was very important to get people on base and I think they came up with some big hits throughout the game.”
Hall struck out two and did not walk a batter to pick up the win on the hill.
“Casey pitched an excellent game,” Bidwell said. “He was working on some stuff out there. He did a nice job of pitching. He had a one-hitter. I’m very pleased with his performance.”
Left-hander Josh Schaad started on the mound for Waterford and lasted just an inning-and-a-third, striking out one and walking four.
Devyn Farley had the lone Wildcat hit with one out in the top of the first inning.
“They’re a good ball club,” said Waterford head coach Chad Augenstein of the Cadets. “We wish them the best.”
The Fort Frye offense was powered by the performances of Drew and Derek Layton. Drew punched a bases loaded single up the middle to drive in a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, and Derek launched a three-run homer over the left field fence the next inning to make it an 8-0 game.
“Drew Layton had a nice hit for us,” Bidwell said. “Derek Layton had a big home run.”
Drew Layton was 2-3 with the two runs batted in, while Derek Layton drove in three, scored three and stole two bases.
Spencer Lang, Chandler Lang and Hall each had a hit. Chandler Lang stole a pair of bases, scored a pair of runs and drove in a run, while Spencer Lang scored two runs, stole a base and led off the game with a double.
After Spencer Lang’s double to left, younger brother Chandler drove him in with a single to center. Later in the inning, with the bases juiced, Drew Layton’s base knock brought in Chandler and Derek Layton. Colton Shuster would later cross the plate in the frame on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0 after one.
The Cadets would put up another four-spot in the second. Spencer Lang walked with one out and stole second and third base. Chandler Lang followed suit with a walk and a steal of second. Spencer scored on Halls single to left field, and Chandler and Hall came around on Derek Layton’s bomb, blowing the game wide open.
The Fort sent two more across in the bottom of the fourth, as Derek Layton scored on a wild pitch and Caden Brooker crossed home on an error, making it a 10-0 Cadet lead.
Waterford went 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth to bring the mercy rule into effect and end the game.
“The kids hit better and played better,” Bidwell said. “Defensively, this was our first game without an error this season. We had a few nice plays and we hit the ball hard.”
The win made Fort Frye’s record 14-6 on the year, while Waterford fell to 3-12.
Both teams are right back at it today, as Fort Frye hosts Shenandoah while Waterford plays South Gallia on the road.