The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 16, 2014

Patriots smash Falcons

BY GREG FLINT sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — CAYUGA, Ind. – Seeger took an early lead, extended it and then kept North Vermillion at bay as the Patriots defeated the host Falcons 14-3 in five innings.

The visitors scored one run in the top of the first inning and, after North Vermillion went down in order, added three more runs in the second inning.

Seeger pitcher Madison Cooksey hit a home run that drove in Nellie Andrews and Emily Baroff to make it 4-0 after two as Cooksey again set the Falcons down 1-2-3.

Neither team could get a hit in the third inning, but Seeger exploded for eight runs in the fourth as they sent eleven batters to the plate.

The Patriots scoring was abetted by a pair of errors that opened the inning and let in the first run. Baroff then hit a sacrifice to drive in the second.

A walk and a hit batter followed then Michelle Bailiff singled in a third. Another sequence of a walk and hit batter followed then Abby Baker hit a single that drove in the final run of the inning for a 12-0 lead.

North Vermillion finally got their first hits of the game in their half of the fourth. Cooksey walked two batters then Tatum Earl singled in a run for the Falcons. Two more walks followed that added another run then Abby Lenhart singled to make the score 12-3.

“I think that long delay may have gotten her out of rhythm,” said Seeger head coach Chris Cooksey about the walks, “but she settled right back down and got the outs.”

Seeger scored two more runs in the top of the fifth after a hit batter and an error started the inning then Tori Munson chipped in with an RBI single.

North Vermillion had one last chance to avoid the ten-run rule, but they could not get a base runner and the game ended 14-3.

“We looked good today,” is how Seeger head coach Chris Cooksey started his post-game comments. “We cut down on our errors [they had none] and our batting was really good.”

The Falcons committed several errors and pressure by the Patriots contributed to some of them.

“My style is to take an extra base when I can,” said Cooksey about the aggressive play by his team. “We had chances to do it today and it worked.”

He said his team was not a finished product, but that the chemistry is starting to develop. He is trying to make his team as versatile as possible, saying, “I want to make every player a utility player. I want all nine to be able to play any position.”

For Mike Davis, the North Vermillion head coach, it was a night of frustration as he was not at all happy with the play of his team.

“We had what, three hits, and all those dropped balls? You know me,” he said. “This isn’t what I expect from my team.”

To make his point and try for some improvement, Davis had his team go right back out on the field after the game.

“This just isn’t acceptable so we’re going to practice right now and fix some things,” said Davis right before he walked to the plate with bat in hand.

He proceeded to hit fungoes and had his fielders make catches then throws to the various bases as he worked on what had given his team problems during the game.

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com