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Defensive Miscues Sink Badger Baseball Against Chiefs

18 March 2017  
Badgers' junior shortstop Joey Christopherson bobbles a ball in a game against the Thunderbird Chiefs on Friday March 17th, 2017 at Prescott High School All photos by: Torrence Dunham

Badger Baseball Can't Overcome Early Mistakes in Loss to Thunderbird

PRESCOTT- The Prescott High School baseball team committed four errors in the first three innings, six total throughout the game, against the Thunderbird Chiefs on Friday afternoon and lost 7-0 at home.

“We make six errors in the infield and against a pretty good hitting team, spot them seven runs, probably not going to win too many games that way,” said Badger baseball head coach Kent Winslow who mentioned he was disappointed in the team’s fight. “That’s kind of what we have been doing lately, we’ve been playing real soft and kind of scared, we need something to go our way.”

“Sometimes if you don’t show up, things aren’t going to go your way and we haven’t showed up for a few games,” Winslow continued.

The Badgers’ defensive struggles started early as two of the three Thunderbird runs in the first inning scored on miscues. Jaden Erbstoesser came across on a wild pitch for the first run of the game, while Ben Grimm scored the third run of the inning on a throwing error by Prescott High School catcher Cole Kelley.

Down 3-0 in the third inning, a mistake by shortstop Joey Christopherson would bite the Badgers as the error allowed Jonathan Buhl to reach. Buhl would later come around to score on a double by Haydn McGeary. The fourth Thunderbird run of the inning would come across on a single by D’Angelo Bacchus, scoring Danny Kreamer who reached on an error by Badger third baseman Jake Schulz.

"Our struggles (has) been defense, making errors and consistently making errors in the infield,” Badgers’ junior Ryan Greene said. “We’re not going to be a team that can flat out rake and beat teams with the long ball. We got to consistently play good defense, good pitching and put the hits together.”

The support was plenty for Thunderbird junior left-hander Sasha Sneider who shut down the Badger bats in a complete game shutout. In the win, Sneider allowed four hits and four walks while striking out ten.

“We faced a real good left hander, he’s probably the best left-hander we’ve seen, probably the best pitcher we’ve seen in a couple years,” Winslow said. “We didn’t offer a whole lot at the plate.”

Kelly and Greene gave Sneider the most trouble as Kelly reached base in three of four at bats while Greene went a perfect three for three.

The Badgers (1-2, 1-2 Grand Canyon section) look to respond on the road Tuesday against the Flagstaff Eagles (2-1, 2-1 Grand Canyon section). First pitch is 3:45pm.