Twice in Wednesday afternoon’s game the Central High School Red Raiders had runners in scoring position and left them stranded.
Those two opportunities proved to be much needed as Grissom plated the games only run in the top of the fourth inning to snag a 1-0 win at Powers Field in Manchester.
“Offensively, we had five hits and [Peyton Meeker] threw a heck of a game [on the mound],” said CHS head coach Brent Whitlock. “In the first we had runners on second and third with Meeker up, he had a big hit for us at Lincoln County the other night so I let him swing. If we bunt there, we score one but hindsight is 20-20.”
Meeker got the start for CHS on the mound, pitching seven complete while striking out six and walking just one.
“Pitching was a strength again today. We had a couple hiccups on defense but the run they scored, the play just didn’t go our way,” said Whitlock.
The Raiders left runners at second and third base in the bottom of the first and left the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Senior catcher Tyler Cavender doubled in the game. Overall the Raiders tallied just five hits.
Thursday the team will play Houston at 6:30 p.m. at Powers Field.
“We are still playing well. We have to come out with the same effort tomorrow,” said Whitlock. “This is a week we have had circled; this is a tough stretch but that is where good teams become better teams.”
The District 8-AAA game against Lincoln County that was postponed Tuesday has been moved to next Thursday (April 3) at Powers Field.