It’s raining baseballs

Despite bad weather, baseball team continues to perform

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It’s raining baseballs

Senior David Jansen gets ready for the ball to be thrown to him from third base at the start of a rundown during the top of the third inning against Lincoln on April 8.

Senior David Jansen gets ready for the ball to be thrown to him from third base at the start of a rundown during the top of the third inning against Lincoln on April 8.

Cole Skuse

Senior David Jansen gets ready for the ball to be thrown to him from third base at the start of a rundown during the top of the third inning against Lincoln on April 8.

Cole Skuse

Cole Skuse

Senior David Jansen gets ready for the ball to be thrown to him from third base at the start of a rundown during the top of the third inning against Lincoln on April 8.

Cole Skuse, Business Manager/Copy Editor

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When the weather turns rainy, it’s no surprise when baseball games get cancelled. Due to the bad weather happening from the end of March through April, a couple of baseball games needed to be rescheduled for the team. As a result, the schedule wasn’t quite consistent with what the group originally thought they had lined up for the month.

On March 25, the Bulldogs had a game at Riverside against the Panthers, where a low-scoring game led to a loss for the Bulldogs. With the Panthers only scoring the single run of the game, no score was recorded following the bottom of the third inning. Two days later on March 27, the team took on Fort Cherry at home. Though the Bulldogs tied up the game 2-2 in the third inning, Fort Cherry continued to score. Attempting a comeback, junior Maxwell Ujhazy hit a double in the top of the sixth inning, followed by senior Zachary Rosa who hit him home. However, this was not enough and the Bulldogs fell with a score of 6-4.

The next two games were wins for the team. On March 28, the team played at home against Quigley Catholic and finished with a score of 7-3. The following Monday, April 1, the Bulldogs took to their field again and shutout Western Beaver with a score of 4-0. Pitchers for the game included seniors Noah Yeck, Noah Henderson and junior Jacob Bauman.

For their first Saturday game on April 6, the team once again had a shutout, this time against Beaver Falls. With a final score of 7-0, Freedom started off strong, scoring three runs in the first inning, with the rest being scored in the second and fourth innings

On Monday, April 8, the Bulldogs had their fifth consecutive home game and another win, this time against Lincoln. With a high-scoring victory of 10-7, the team scored half of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which helped them secure their victory.

Hitting the road for the first time in two weeks, the team travelled to Shady Side Academy on April 10 to achieve their fifth win of the season. Scoring a run in the top of the fourth inning and two runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs held on tight to their lead, with Shady Side only getting their lone run in the final inning of the game.

On their second Saturday game of the season, the Bulldogs took on North Catholic at home on April 13. The team struggled to get on the board, which lead to them losing 8-0. Next, the team played at New Brighton on April 16 to try and rebound off their loss. Though the game ended close, the Bulldogs were not able to pull off a win, losing 3-2.

Returning home for the next game, the team faced its most crushing loss of the season on April 17 versus Hopewell. Only playing five innings, Hopewell scored in every inning while the Bulldogs were unable to score any runs. The final score was 19-0, a non-favorable score for the Bulldogs.

In a close game, Freedom managed to achieve victory against South Side. Even though South Side took an early lead in the second inning, the Bulldogs came back in the third with four runs. By the bottom of the seventh inning, the score was tied 6-6. With one out, sophomore Paul Thompson hit into right field to score Bauman, which led to the Bulldogs winning 7-6.

With less than three weeks left in the season, the team still hopes to make playoffs and recover from their miss last year. Even with the recent poor weather, the baseball team won’t let a loss rain on their parade while they do what they can to make playoffs and be potential champions.

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