The Clarke baseball team ran into trouble against Chariton in its home opener on Wednesday, May 23.
Defensive miscues compounded Clarke’s trouble in the 12-0 loss.
Evan Hagen pitched into the fifth inning and surrendered nine runs, just three were earned, largely due to errors in the field. The junior hurler struck out four batters and walked three.
“Evan threw really well and he stayed strong through (89) pitches. I’m definitely not disappointed there,” Clarke coach Lonnie Smith said.
“ ... We’re way better than that defensively.”
There were bright spots for the Clarke defense. Several came as freshman catcher Will Smith, starting his first varsity game, nailed one runner attempting to steal third in the fifth inning, and almost caught a runner stealing earlier in the game.
Payton Winship led off the Clarke order with a sharp single, but the Indians failed to gather another hit as Chariton’s Jackson Fischer pitched all six innings for the victory.
CD nabs win
Clarke led by a run in the seventh inning at home Thursday against Central Decatur, but the Cardinals scratched two runs across the board to get the 5-4 win.
Hagen had one double and drove in two runs.
Winship, Conner Deutsch and Taylor
Henry each contributed two hits apiece, with both of Winship’s hits being two-baggers. Deutsch and Casey Kindred both walked two times apiece.
Carter Boothe pitched the last three innings and did not surrender a run to pick up the win for CD.
Kolby Hewlett added two RBIs.
Clarke fell twice Saturday to Centerville 11-0 and 12-2.
The Indians managed four hits in both shutout losses, but full stats were unavailable.