Tampa- Anxious to redeem themselves after being upset in the regional semifinals last year; Steinbrenner baseball clobbered their way to a 27-1 victory over Middleton in their season opener Friday night.
“We were focused tonight and our kids played great,” said head coach John Crumbley.
Steinbrenner was originally scheduled to battle Wharton for their opener this past Wednesday, rain delayed the event till this coming Monday making Middleton it’s first regular season game of the year. Last year, Steinbrenner mercy ruled Middleton 10-0, and the Tigers could have only hoped history wouldn’t repeat itself. But in the five required innings, it did just that plus much more.
“When the team is rolling as a whole and everybody is getting hits, it gets contagious to fall into the grove and get those big shots we need,” said senior Brennan Garcia.
In just three innings, Steinbrenner put up their more than 20 runs thanks to stand out hitting performances from Garcia, who had a home run and three RBI’s, senior Cole Gordon, who swung for a home run and four RBI’s, and junior Andrew Lindsay who put up career high numbers with six RBI’s including a grand slam in the top of the third inning.
“I didn’t try to be the big man tonight. I just went up there and swung the bat as well as I possibly could. It felt real good helping out the team,” said Lindsay.
And yet, Steinbrenner still wasn’t done adding on to their successful opening night. The Warriors wasted no time on defense as they gave up only a double and a walk leaving little room for Middleton to sneak in a run. Two of the big contributors to the dominant pitching performance were Garcia and junior Brandon Johnson.
“Our pitching was spot on. We threw strikes and our kids were disciplined at the plate,” said Crumbley.
The Warriors (1-0) will look to establish another long winning streak as they take on Wharton for their makeup game on Monday night before they take on Sickles at home on Tuesday night.
“We expected to get the (win) and we got it. Now we just have to focus on what’s in front of us” said Garcia.
Evan Abramson / Senior Staff Writer