The Albia Blue Demon baseball team got off on the right foot on Monday night as they started the 2020 season with a 12-1 win over rival EBF in Albia. “It was very fun to finally get out on the field,” said Coach Robbie D’Amato. “We got an awesome pitching performance out of Tein Thiravong and that was fun considering how tough our play-off loss was to EBF last year.”
The Rockets scored their only run in the top of the first as Kalen Walker reached on an error and scored on McRae’s single. Albia responded with four runs in the bottom half using base on balls with Trey Griffin, Jaden Hugen and Ashtin Brand loading the bases. A single by Eli Smith scored a run. Another walk by Jameson Robertson scored another. A ground ball from Jackson Pence’s bat scored the final run of the inning.
In the second Walker reached on an infield hit and stole second but was stranded. In the bottom half Gaige Rankin reached by walk as did Griffin and with two outs, Brand ripped a double to right center scoring both. Brand eventually scored on a single by Robertson.
In the third EBF did not threaten while Albia led with consecutive singles by Barrett Bonnett, Hunter DeMoss, and Rankin. A base on balls to Griffin scored a run and walks to Brand, Smith, and Pence increased the Blue Demon lead to 11-1.
In the fourth for Albia, DeMoss walked and went to second on a wild pitch then scored on a single by Drew Chance. The Rockets went down in order in the fifth to end the game 12-1.
Offensively Griffin walked three times and scored three runs; Hugen walked and scored; Brand doubled, walked, scored and had three RBI; Smith singled, walked twice, scored and had one RBI; Robertson singled and had one RBI; Pence walked and had two RBI; DeMoss singled, walked, and scored twice; Rankin walked, singled and scored twice; and Chance singled with one RBI. “Our hitters showed good patience at the plate,” said Coach D’Amato, “which was nice considering we have not had much time to get live at-bats.”
EBF used five pitchers, none of whom went more than 1.2 innings. Thiravong threw all five innings allowing one unearned run, striking out five, walking three and hitting one batter.
“A lot of good things happened for us tonight and we’re hoping to see that continue the rest of this week against Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Davis County.
Albia starts 1-0 on the season and will host Martensdale-St. Mary’s on Wednesday and travel to Davis County on Friday.