COCHRANE— The Cochrane Crush baseball team put on a beautiful performance against Calgary’s Centennial Little League squad on Wednesday (July 29), at the Matt Krol Memorial Park ball diamonds.
The win came after the Crush suffered just the second loss of its season last week at the hands of the same team.
Last Saturday, (July 25) the Cochrane Crush was defeated in the first of two back-to-back games against Centennial and the Foothills Little League team.
At that time, head coach Corey O’How said he felt that kids didn’t bring enough energy to the field at the start of the game.
“We were a little flat in the beginning, and kind of got some energy in the last inning or two there, but it wasn’t enough to come back,” he said on Monday (July 27). “They’re a really good group of kids that way. They hold each other accountable, and they understand what they need to do better.”
The Cochrane Crush Little League baseball team appeared to take that lesson to heart.
The Crush opened up the game with five runs in the first inning, propelling them into an early lead that they would hold throughout the game.
The Crush’s batters were on fire, scoring run after run, racking up points, but the real tale of their victory was the defensive play.
Centennial managed to score three in the first, and another two in the second inning, but once the Crush’s defense warmed up, it was all but over for the visiting team.
While in the field, the Crush managed to hold Centennials offense to zero runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Second baseman Ty Krooshoop and shortstop George Evans nearly connected with first baseman Owen Pike for three separate double plays. Each play was closer than the last, with the Centennial runner barely beating the ball to first.
Centennial managed to score one more at the top on the sixth, but couldn’t do enough to close the gap.
The game ended with a score of 16-6 for the home team.