The Flora Wolves opened their 2009 campaign on Friday afternoon at Mike Jennings Field when they hosted the Lawrenceville Indians.
Senior Cody Brubaker took the ball for Wolves Head Coach Brian Tackitt and worked three innings of hitless baseball.
The Flora Wolves opened their 2009 campaign on Friday afternoon at Mike Jennings Field when they hosted the Lawrenceville Indians. Senior Cody Brubaker took the ball for Wolves Head Coach Brian Tackitt and worked three innings of hitless baseball. Brubaker received some offense on his behalf as well and when he handed the baseball over to Pierson Boose in the fourth inning, the Wolves led 4-0. Lawrenceville was able to produce a run in the top of the seventh inning, but it was too little, too late as the Wolves secured their first victory of the spring 4-1 over Lawrenceville. Brubaker struggled early against the Indians as he walked the first two batters he faced in the first inning. He then induced a ground ball to second baseman Nick Painter who started a double play with fellow Freshman Paul Knapp. The Wolves got out of the inning with a fly out to Senior Jeremy Edwards. Flora threatened to score in the first inning when they loaded the bases for Junior First baseman Bryton Krutsinger. Krutsinger chased a pitched and was called out on strikes to end the threat. Brubaker came back in the second inning to sit the Indians down in order after a pair of strike outs and a line out to center. Flora scored their first run of the season in the second inning by being patient at the plate. Clay Henson and Trent Tackitt drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Painter moved Henson and Tackitt into scoring position with one out. Edwards followed, but was unable to drive in a run when he popped out to shortstop. It was Knapp who came through for the Wolves, as the Freshman blooped a single into short left field and drove home Henson. Tackitt tried to score from second but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Brubaker struck out the side in the top of the third inning and kept the Wolves lead at 1-0. He then helped his own cause with a one out double and then scored when his battery mate Austin Lewis singled him home to put the Wolves up two. A double by Krutsinger moved Lewis to third and gave Flora two runners in scoring position. Henson followed by drawing a four pitch walk to load the bases. Lewis and Krutsinger would score before the inning ended and put Flora up 4-0 after three innings of play. After Brubaker gave up a lead off walk and then a double to the Indians, coach Brian Tackitt made a pitching chance and went to Junior Pierson Boose. Boose worked out of the fourth inning jam and kept the Indians scoreless. Flora and Lawrenceville both failed to put any runs on the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The Wolves led 4-0 heading into the top of the seventh when Knapp made his first career high school pitching appearance and got himself into some trouble by allowing a lead off hit. Knapp then walked the next batter he faced, before picking up a strike out for the first out of the inning. He then plunked an Indian to load the bases and walked the next hitter he faced to walk a run in. Knapp then settled down and got out the first game jitters by striking out the next two hitters he faced to finish off the Indians. Flora will now try to start the season with two straight wins when they host Dieterich on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.