Down but not out

Despite committing four errors, the Spartans completely devastated Festus High School on Friday, April 26th, winning 8-1. Central out hit Festus 12-2 and strong pitching from juniors Corey Blase and Dillon Hornbuckle, along with senior Kennedy Lowe, who got the win, helped the Spartans improve to a record of 8-11, only three games below .500. The next night, however, was an emotional game that had to go into extras.

The Spartans showed up to GCS Stadium against Vianney, who entered the game at a record of 16-5, knowing that every team is beatable. In the sixth inning, down 4-3, the Spartans’ offense absolutely exploded, and scored six runs to give them a 9-3 lead. Vianney, being ever resilient, would answer, tying the game with six runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Roger Robinson recalls the last inning, and how much it hurt to watch Vianney pull off the victory.

“In the bottom of the seventh, with the bases loaded, someone hit a base hit up the middle,” Robinson said.

Vianney had emerged victorious, and in the process, improved to 17-5. Central, however, dropped down to 8-12, and set back their goals even further of making it back to .500.

Robinson says that with two key games against Zumwalt West, they’ve been focusing on key aspects of the game at practice.

“We are working on hitting, and squaring up the ball,” Robinson said.

Central is down, but not out. There are plenty of games left for them to make a strong run into the playoffs. First things first, they must face their GAC rival, Fort Zumwalt West on Wednesday.