The Central Heights High School baseball showed its experience and talent Tuesday in opening its season with a sweep of Anderson County at Central Heights.
The Vikings won 16-1 in four innings and 14-4 in five innings.
“As a whole, I was very impressed with how our student-athletes performed,” Central Heights coach Jason Brown said. “We did a lot of the little things right for this early in the year, but we also have seven returning starters.”
The Vikings cracked 26 hits in the doubleheader and had just one strikeout. Central Heights had 24 RBIs and stole nine bases.
“This was the most impressive to me as we have not seen much live pitching,” Brown said.
Jordan Horstick pitched all four innings of the opener.
“He did a great job of getting ahead in the count and keeping his pitch count down for this early in the year,” Brown said. “We played OK defense behind him. We did have four errors on the game, but we have only been on the field three times this year.
“The errors were minor mistakes, and we made up for it with hustling, and picking each other up and not getting negative.”
Adam Pryor had three hits, three RBIs and scored three runs. Jordan Smith, Tristan Davis and Horstick had two hits each.
Horstick had two RBIs. Smith scored three runs and Davis had two RBIs and scored four runs.
Three pitchers combined for the win in the nightcap. Trever Burkdoll went three innings with three strikeouts.
“He went a little deeper in the count and had his pitch count up a little higher, but still did a great job for his first outing of the year,” Brown said.
Drew Beckwith and Tristan Davis tossed one inning each.
“We played better defense with no errors the second game,” Brown said.
“We did a great job of making them earn their way onto base.”
Smith and Beckwith had three hits each. Beckwith had three RBIs. Burkdoll had two RBIs and scored twice.
Central Heights (2-0) plays 4:30 p.m. today in a single game at Osawatomie.