The Emory & Henry baseball team kicked off their 2017 season this past weekend, starting last Friday, Feb. 10. The Wasps traveled down to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, to play Covenant College.
Game one of the series pitted sophomore Logan Forrester on the mound for the Wasps, facing Matt Reitz for the Scots. Forrester struggled to get anything going all day, as the Scots teed off of him all day. Forrester allowed five runs, on five hits, in only four innings of work.
Reitz shutdown the Wasps all day, as he only allowed one hit in six innings of work. Eli Straw went 1-3 on the day for the Wasps, hitting a double in the first inning. Toby Robson would relieve Forrester of his duties and pitch the rest of the game, only allowing two runs. The Scots would eventually prove to be too much for the Wasps, as E&H would fall 7-2.
E&H was back in action Saturday for a doubleheader with the Scots. Senior Garret Butler would pitch game one for the Wasps. Butler would allow three earned runs in the contest, in four innings. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second, Ben Sexton would break the tie, hitting a double to left field.
The Scots would retake the lead 8-2, going into the final inning. The Wasps would have five runners cross the plate in the top of the seventh inning but would fall short with bases loaded 8-7. The Wasps gave up a total of five unearned runs in the contest.Game two was a different story, as the Wasps bats were nowhere to be found.
Senior Nick Lesnak was on the mound for E&H, as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs. Sophomore Connor Stevenson would bring the only run across the plate, as he grounded out. The Wasps would fall with a final score of 6-1.
E&H will play again next weekend in another 3 game series. The Wasps will travel once more to Georgia to face off against Berry College. Saturday will feature a two game seven inning doubleheader, with Sunday featuring one nine inning game.
– Andrew McClung