June 28, 2013

Tuttle JV shows baseball depth in win

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Recent postseason success by Tuttle High School baseball appears that it will not fade any time soon, as the young Tigers on the junior varsity squad go into the weekend of their Red Dirt summer league tournament with a good foothold.

The Tigers topped Midwest City 5-2 Thursday night, leaving them in a good position as they head into bracket play on Saturday. Tuttle scored in all but two innings in a somewhat dominant performance against the Bombers.

Head coach Travis Owen got a first look at the team, made up of mostly incoming freshmen and sophomores. Owen coaches JV teams during the summer months to help maintain a uniform method and message in Tiger baseball.

"We're playing a little flat right now, but we've got a good thing going," Owen said. "We're finding ways to win. Our record is 28-6, so you can't complain a lot with that at this point in the summer."

Tuttle opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, when Chanz Fischer came across home plate off of a double by Weston Parker. It wasn't the first time Parker would contribute to the Tiger's offense, as he went 2-3 with a double and triple, bringing in four RBI. 

Fischer, who went 1-2 on the night, scored another run in the third inning, which put Tuttle up 3-1. Two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings added insurance to the Tiger's lead.

Jimmy Schmidt added to the offense, going 2-3 at the plate and a stolen base.

The offensive play was clearly impressive to Owen, who admitted some of the JV players would be pushing for spots on the varsity roster in the upcoming season.

"I've got a couple of guys on this team that are going to help me out on varsity this next season," Owen said.

The game ended with a game of pitcher musical chairs, as Owen used three different relievers in the top of the seventh. Maverick Hiebert struck out two and saw the third out to end the game. Each pitching change came on the back of a walk.

"They know that if you're coming in for me, you're throwing strikes," Owen said about his decision to pull the relievers. "You're not walking people."

But starting pitcher Jake Thomas did draw the approval of Owen, as he struck out no less than five batters and held the Bombers to just one run.

"He battled early, struggled a little bit, and he got after it after that," Owen said. "It definitely helps."

Tuttle plays again at 9 a.m. Saturday, and a win will see them play their second game of the day that afternoon.