Huron Tigers claw past Danbury Lakers: Huron gets hits early, often in rout of Danbury

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Huron's Tommy Bogden makes contact during the bottom of the second inning Tuesday afternoon against Danbury at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Huron's Nick Mix stands up into an RBI triple during the bottom of the fourth inning against Danbury at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon on Tuesday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Huron pitcher Jake Justus delivers a pitch during the top of the fourth inning against Danbury on Tuesday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Huron's Jake Justus is hit by a pitch during the bottom of the fourth inning in the game against Danbury on Tuesday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.

AVON — Danbury might have lit up the scoreboard first, but it was all Tigers after that as Huron run-ruled the road team 13-2 Tuesday afternoon at All Pro Freight Stadium to improve to 3-1 on the season.

“We’ve been able to play a few games already and we’ve played in the cold so we’re used to it,” Tigers coach Sam Hohler said. “This was their first game so they had a little trouble.”

Starter Jake Justus put down the first two batters to start the game before Danbury’s Mike Stys blooped a single and Zach Kalinoski followed by lining a double deep to right, bringing his teammate home.

Jack Hufnagle got things going for the home team in the bottom half of the frame, grounding a ball up the middle for a leadoff single. Chase Botson, struggling to consistently find the plate, walked the next three batters to bring home Hufnagle. A fielder’s choice plated two more runs before the inning was capped off by a chopper up the middle from Danny Schoolcraft that resulted in an RBI single.

Justus made quick work of the Lakers in the second, striking out the side to bring the home team back to the batter’s box. “They did a good job hitting me (in the first inning),” Justus said. “I knew I had to give them some different looks. They’re a good team.”

After forcing Josh Evers to ground out, Botson hit Zach Souter square in the shoulder to put the inning’s first runner on. Tommy Bogden followed by skipping a ball by the third baseman and an error loaded the bases yet again.

Colin McReady notched a grounder between the middle infielders to bring home Souter and Bogden. Ryan Pickett reach on an error, setting up Schoolcraft’s second and third RBI on a Texas leaguer to shallow centerfield.

Schoolcraft and McReady tied for a game-high two hits, driving in three and two runs, respectively.

“We haven’t hit the ball really well to start the year but today we definitely did a little better,” Hohler said.

With an 8-1 lead to work with, Justus finished the third inning unscathed before being relieved by Evers. The senior struck out six of nine batters he faced.

“It’s a lot easier when you have good gloves behind you,” Justus said. “I know that no matter what I throw, usually we can handle it. I think the scoreboard shows today we’re a good team and we’re here to play this season.”

Botson dealt Huron their only scoreless inning in the bottom of the third but he was relieved beginning in the fourth and an error-riddled frame helped the Tiger tack on five more runs.

The Lakers managed to put up a run against Evers in the fifth but it was not enough to avoid the run rule.

Huron takes the field again Thursday against Bellevue in another non-conference contest.

“It’s really nice to be ahead of the game early on,” Justus said. “The last couple years we haven’t had that luxury but I feel like this is going to turn out to be a good season for us. We’re definitely going to compete once league play starts.”

Huron 13, Danbury 2

Danbury (0-1) 100 01 — 2 6 4

Huron (3-1) 441 4x — 13 12 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Huron: McReady (2) 2B, Schoolcraft (2); Danbury: Stys (2)


Last Updated: 4/2/2013 11:35:42 PM EST

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