Carson baseball has a tough day
The Carson High baseball team obviously hopes there are no more days like this.
It was a tough day for the Senators at the Wood Bat Desert Classic in Henderson as it lost to Gloucester, N.J. 11-3 and then fell to Flanagan of Florida 12-3.
There were a few bright spots for the Senators. Carl Winter went 2-for-2 against Gloucester and extended his streak of reaching base to eight straight times in the tournament. Through Carson’s first three games in the tournament, Winter has reached base 10 out of 12 plate appearances. Carson also received solid relief efforts on the mound from Steve Weyrick and Gene Soulier.
Gloucester took advantage of five Senator errors in its win over Carson (14-5). Ryan Buttner didn’t pitch that badly for the Senators, allowing two earned runs through four innings.
Gloucester took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a single and a double. In the second, three Carson errors led to two unearned runs for Gloucester and a 3-0 lead. The second run scored on a throwing error when Carson had the runner picked off that would have ended the inning.
Carson took advantage of two Gloucester errors to come back to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the second. Rodney Black had an RBI single and Winter had a two-run single during the rally.
But in the third, Gloucester scored two runs to take a 5-3 lead. One of the runs was unearned when again Carson made a throwing error after it had the runner picked off that would have ended the inning.
In the fourth, Gloucester scored two more runs after Winter was charged with an error at shortstop when it was ruled that his throw pulled Ben Moore off the bag at first. The play would have ended the inning without Gloucester scoring.
After Gloucester took an 11-3 lead, Weyrick came in with runners at first and third with one out in the sixth. Weyrick struck out the next two batters to end the inning and went on to pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three.
Moore had two hits and a double and Aaron Henry added a single for Carson.
Ryan Henry looked like he was going to provide Carson an outstanding effort when he retired the first eight batters he faced against Flanagan. But an error in the third that would have ended the inning led to three unearned runs and a 3-1 Flanagan lead.
Carson had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on Moore’s RBI single.
The fourth inning symbolized Carson’s day. Aaron Henry singled and Willie Bowman executed a hit and run with a single, giving the Senators runners at first and third with no outs. But after Jon Teeter sacrificed Bowman to second, a suicide squeeze attempt ended up in a double play, ending the threat. Flanagan went on to take a 9-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Soulier came into the inning with the bases loaded and no outs and the score 8-1. Soulier got a double play and the next batter to end the inning.
Jarrod Bone allowed one earned run in two innings for Carson. Flanagan scored three runs without the benefit of a hit in the sixth, with an error leading to two unearned runs.
Carson’s other two runs came on Andrew James’ two-run single. Aaron Henry had two hits, Teeter went 1-for-1 and Neil Holmes singled for the Senators, who play at 9 a.m. today.