The word on the diamond is that the West Holmes Silver summer baseball team, made up of incoming eighth graders, love to hit.
Those folks must be spitting the truth.
How about these numbers? During the regular season, when West Holmes Silver went 14-5, they out-scored their opponents by a whopping 270-86.
Then during its impressive tournament run that ended with the Wooster Summer Baseball Silver/Bronze Division championship the Squires went out and out-scored their enemies 77-16 in five games for a grand total this season of 347-102.
347! That’s a ton of runs. So really it wasn’t too surprising when in the title game of the tournament the Squires cruised past Orrville Bronze 13-1 in five innings for the run-rule title victory on Monday, June 27 at Triway’s Hitchcock Field
The Squires banged out 13 hits that included six straight in the game’s fourth inning that saw them score 10 runs and open a 1-0 lead after three innings into a 11-1 lead after four.
West Holmes Silver would go on to plate two more runs in the fifth on RBI hits from Addison Yates and Carl Uhinck.
Yates had three hits on the night, Brady Taylor cranked out two singles, Reed Fendrick chipped in with a pair of base knocks and Uhnick had a single and a double.
“It was 1-0 going into the fourth inning,” said West Holmes Silver coach Jeff Gallion. “They changed their pitcher and we really started hitting. I’m not sure if their starter was out of innings or not, but it helped us.”
It’s one luxury to have a strong hitting line-up from top to bottom as the numbers show, but it’s also a huge advantage to have Braden Myers on your team as well. In the championship bout the tall lefty Myers was dominant on the bump for the Squires. He fanned 10 Orville Bronze batters while allowing just two hits in five innings pitched.
“Braden (Myers) was our ace all season and had another great start,” said Gallion. “He’s a 6’1″ left-hander and we’re glad to have him, but I had six other kids that could pitch too.”
Myers did it with the bat as well against Orrville Bronze going 3-for-3 in the game with two singles and a triple.
As the two seed in the tournament West Holmes Silver started off with a three-inning 33-2 thumping of Triway Bronze, which helps that run differential. And no, that’s not a typo, it was 33-2. After that the Squires cruised past Dalton Bronze 15-3 and then took care of Triway Silver 9-3, putting them in the winner’s bracket title game.
Against Dalton Silver in the winner’s bracket title game, the Squires were leading 4-2 after four innings, but then fell behind 6-4. A three-run sixth inning put the Squires back on top and then they held on for the win that put them in the championship game.