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Sturgeon baseball starts season on winning note

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 6:05 am

The summertime symphony that is Sturgeon High School baseball played a win for their opening concert, Friday, August 15 at Prairie Home.

The team’s conductor, also known as Head Coach Kevin Hicks described the game as a defensive drama, “with a lot more drama than the 13-11 score would make you think.”

Hicks cycled through three pitchers to get the win.

“It’s early in the season,” Hicks said the next day. “It’s important, I want to get these guys used to varsity play, varsity pressure, for some it’s getting used to it again, for others, it’s their first time facing a varsity batter. I want to get them through those first-time jitters as quick as I can.”

Jacob Brooks, a sophomore started for the Bulldogs, followed by Jake Snider a senior. Freshman Ben Doss manned the mound for the last two innings, Hicks said. “I wanted to get them experienced early,” he said. “I want to get some kids on the mound and get some throwing done.”

Prairie Home threw four pitchers.

The game was a battle of whose defense could hang on longest.

The score was 9-9 at the top of the seventh, Hicks said.

“We scored four and they scored two,” he said. “I don’t anybody knew how it was going to end.”

Preliminary game statistics show Brooks leading the team with three hits with Corbin Gehrig backing him with two.

The game left them some new practice goals, Hicks said. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to bolt down,” he said. “We’re still young and we’ve still got a lot of basics to sharpen.”

“We did some things well at Prairie Home,” Hicks said. “The boys showed their competitive spirit and never quit. There were a couple times they could have just laid down, closed shop and went home. But they didn’t, they kept fighting, kept swinging and won.”