Central High School baseball hit the road Monday night (March 11) for its opening day matchup with Columbia Central. The Red Raider defense kept it tight, but the bats were unable to take off in a 3-1 loss to the Lions.

"The chemistry was good, the intensity was good, the focus was good," Coach David Martin said. "We had an opportunity a time or two and we didn't come out on the right side of it."

CHS was held to a single hit throughout all seven innings, coming from Griffin Meeker in the second inning.

"Pitching and defense was there. You hold them to three runs and you hope to win," Martin said. "We've got to do a better job staying on the ball and putting the ball in play."

The Lions got on the board in the bottom of the first to go up 1-0 early. In the second inning with the bases loaded, CHS pitcher Hayden Skipper gave up a walk, sending another Columbia base runner home. Later in the fourth, a Lion home run made it a 3-0 lead over the Raiders. 

CHS got on the board in the following inning. With the bases loaded following a trio of walks, Bryson Hullett stole home on a wild pitch to make it a 3-1 game. This was the Raiders' only run of the night and the team was held scoreless for the last two innings.

"We've got a lot of new guys getting their first varsity experience," Martin said. "Each at bat, each inning that you get is gonna help you mature, because this game's gonna humble you."

Skipper finished the game with nine strikeouts through four innings.

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