The Central Heights High School baseball team squeezed out a sweep Tuesday over Osawatomie at Central Heights.
The Vikings and Trojans went into extra innings of the opener. Central Heights had runners at first and third. Both coaches talked over strategy.
Viking coach Jason Brown went with a suicide squeeze. Chase Brown reached his bat for the outside pitch and put down the bunt to score the winning run in a 2-1 victory in nine innings.
Central Heights won the second game 7-3 to move to 7-0.
“Osawatomie coach Brett Woolery called a timeout to talk over the defensive strategy with his team,” Brown said. “I then talked to Chase and Jacob Pryor. who was on third, about a squeeze. Chase said he could get the bunt down and the pitcher threw the ball outside and Chase still got the bunt down and we won the game on a walk-off RBI squeeze bunt.”
Jordan Horstick started and went 5 1/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts.
“He was in complete control early in the game and then battled through the last couple of innings and did an excellent job,” Brown said. “He is looking real good for us on the mound right now.”
Jordan Smith tossed the final 3 2/3 innings.
“He did a great job of battling out of some jams and gave us a chance to win the game at the end,” Brown said.
The defense played well behind both pitchers.
“We made some key defensive plays in this game,” Brown said. “Chase caught a line drive hit at him and then doubled off the runner at first with bases loaded and one out. Merrick Brown also threw out a runner in the third inning with no outs. Our defense pulled out the win for our pitchers.”
Pitching, defense and timely hitting led the Vikings to the win in the nightcap. Coby Robertson went the first five innings on the mound.
“He had a shaky first inning giving up two runs,” Brown said. “Then he settled down and did a nice job for his first start of the year. He made some big pitches in some key situations. I was proud of the way he bounced back after the first inning.”
Smith shut the door in the final two innings.
“He got the save and made them hit the ball on the ground and our defense made the plays,” Brown said. “Our defense made several nice plays again. One of them was a ball hit to the hole at shortstop and Trever [Burkdoll] made the play, faked a throw to first, and got the runner to commit on second base and got him out. A very smart play. We made some big pitches and plays that got us out of some jams again.
“These close games are good for us as we continue through the season. Our players continue to grow and develop as a team and they are having a lot of fun right now with each other. They are a great group of kids to coach and be around.”
Trever Burkdoll: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SB.
Jordan Smith: 1-3, 1 run, 1 BB, 1 SB.
Tristan Davis: 1-4.
Adam Pryor: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 sacrifice bunt.
Jake Pryor: 1-4, 1 run.
Chase Brown 1-4, 1 RBI.
Jordan Horstick: 0-0, 2 runs, 2 BB, 1 HP, 1 sac fly, 1 RBI, 1 SB.
Tristan Davis: 1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 HP, 1 SB.
Adam Pryor: 1-4, 3 RBI,
Coby Robertson: 1-2, 1 BB.
Jacob Pryor: 1-3, 1 run,
Drew Beckwith: 1-1, 1 run, 1 SB.