By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
The Preston Indians baseball team faced Bear Lake in a double header at home on March 26. They won the first game 7-4 and lost the second 10-5.
“The first game we played was nearly flawless,” said Coach Brandon Ormond. “We had a strong pitching performance by Jason Wade, who had 17 strikeouts and only two walks. He gave up only four hits and had pinpoint control all day, throwing a complete game for the win. Jason has worked hard to be the dominant pitcher he is.”
Wade works fast and controls the tempo of the entire game. Kieton Keller and Derek Fryar both had key hits on the day and Dallin Fryar and Eli Reyes both had two RBIs to set the tone for the Indians’ offense.
“It was great to see us being aggressive at the plate again and swinging the bats in key situations,” the coach said.
Preston was unable to duplicate that success in the second game. “We struck out 11 times, but still had seven hits,” said Ormond. “Our pitching was a bit sketchy at times. We walked 11 and hit four batters, but were still challenging hitters. Eli Reyes started on the bump and pitched four decent innings, but an arm injury forced him to come out prematurely.
“Fryar and Bo Spackman finished up the game, but without proper warm-up time found it hard to find the strike zone early. We are young, but we have some great athletes who will lead us. They just need to taste success and will find out it suits them.”
Wade had two hits in the second game and Fryar and Spackman both had two RBIs each. Keller also had a triple that, due to fielder’s interference, turned into a scored run in the seventh inning.”
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