BEAVERCREEK — There wasn’t much attention paid to the scorebook during Thursday’s home scrimmage against Tipp City Tippecanoe. Coach Brandon Long was just glad to have his Beavercreek Beavers high school baseball team outside facing some live pitching from someone not on his team.
“We had a game weathered out yesterday (against Springfield Kenton Ridge), so it’s just nice to get out and face some live pitching from an opponent for a change,” Long said. “We’re working on finding spots for all the pieces we have on this team. Of course, it’s early yet, but we’re happy with what we can potentially put on the field.”
Long sent out several pitchers, and he saw Alex Anders, Brandon Williams, Caelan King and others come up with timely hits. Beavercreek came away with a 5-3 win, but the score wasn’t what mattered to the coach.
“It’s still a scrimmage, so there’s more important things to worry about than the score. We’re just trying to get our work in, get good at-bats, play some solid defense — which we did at times. Really, these scrimmage games aren’t about the score,” he said.
While it may not have been a game that counted in the record books, the intensity was still there. Williams came charging in from left center for a shallow fly ball that seemed as if it may have been stalled by the wind. He dove for the ball slightly to his left and came up with the catch, drawing applause from the fans in attendance.
Williams later fought off a pitch off his fists for a single, and eventually raced home to score on a close play at home.
Long liked the starting pitching effort of Jackson Tedder, the team’s earned run average leader last season. Tedder had a 1.21 ERA in 2013.
Dan Hayes and Bryan Janson also pitched solidly in relief, and Anders doubled to score a pair of Beaver runs.
A year ago, Anders was also among the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s pitching leaders last season.
Beavercreek finished in a tie for second place last season with Clayton Northmont in the GWOC Central with a 7-3 conference mark. They were 14-10 overall.
The scoreboard was never on during Thursday’s contest. And whether or not Mother Nature allows the Beavers to play their next scrimmage today against Dayton Chaminade Julienne, the scoreboard will probably stay off for that one as well.
“One day can be 70 degrees, the next can be 45. You just have to do what you have to do,” Long said.