Even for those who love the game, a baseball doubleheader is a trying time – especially when it means you’ll be playing over four hours of ball.
It is, as senior Skovran Cunningham said about the team’s April 15 doubleheader against Faith Christian, “a lot of baseball.”
However, if there’s one thing that makes a doubleheader just a little bit better, it’s winning. Thankfully, the Cavs pulled off not just one W, but two. I guess that would make it a quadruple-u.
I’ll just let that pun sink in. It’s okay to laugh. Just let it out.
The first game finished 11-4 – a wide margin. Not as wide as their previous games, but wide nonetheless.
Oddly enough, the Cavs scored eight of their 11 runs in the first inning, putting them a solid seven points ahead of Faith Christian.
Scoring eight runs in an inning is quite the physical feat, but senior Jaspreet Gill attributes this early-game lead to a more intangible advantage.
“I actually know (the pitcher),” Gill said. “And in my experience, he has quite a temper.”
According to Gill, it all started with a big hit from senior Erik Morfin.
“It kinda intimidated him, even though it was a single,” Gill said. “He backed off. We took advantage of that while we could. Later on, though, he reasserted himself and became more of a challenge.”
And reassert himself he did. The Cavs would not score again until the pitcher was switched in the sixth inning, in which they scored three more runs.
At that point the boys had worked themselves into a bit of a slump.
“We were taking some balls we shouldn’t have,” Gill said.
Their second game began slower than the first, with Faith Christian scoring one run and the Cavs scoring none. However, the Cavs came out strong in the second inning and scored, scoring seven runs, earning them a four-point lead. But while the Cavs’ last big-scoring inning could be likened to an explosion, this one was more of a fizzle.
Why? Walks. And a lot of them.
Yes, as can happen with doubleheaders, the lack of a good backup pitcher was Faith Christian’s downfall.
“They were really hurting for pitchers,” senior Dominic Stephen said. “They had that one pretty good guy and they probably pitched seven guys that game.”
This made for a rather unexciting first few innings for the Cavs, as they were either walked or thrown easy balls.
“Their other pitchers could either throw accurately but not fast, or fast but inaccurately,” Gill said.
With the plethora of walks, those pitchers that threw easily hittable balls set up the Cavs for some great plays.
Take, for example, sophomore David Boley, who got four RBI’s off of three hits.
“David had a great game,” Cunningham said. “He was really a study out there.”
Faith Christian attempted to stem the flow of runs by switching in their main pitcher again for the game’s last three innings, but that didn’t seem to work too well, as the Cavs scored six more runs, triggering the mercy rule at the end of the sixth inning, with the score at 15-5.
“He just couldn’t throw as fast as he could in the first game,” Cunningham said.
Yes, doubleheaders can be a brutal thing on a pitcher’s arm.
“Overall they were a pretty good team,” Stephen said. “Their infield was pretty powerful. Really, it was their pitching that killed them.”
If tired pitchers are such a problem for other teams and we got out unscathed, that has to be a sign. I have my fingers crossed for more doubleheaders.