On a beautiful, sunny day on the scenic campus of Medina High School, the Bees once again donned the Green-and-Yellow in a baseball competition against the Barberton Magics. Sophomores Colin Minor and Austin Havekost found their way into the batting order today, Minor starting at second base and Havekost at first. Havekost has been very productive this year for Medina, serving as their closer and not-so-rarely hitting 90 MPH on the gun. He proves to be a promising young asset for Coach Kaplack, as well as Minor and juniors Brent Lary, Brian Letts, Eric Rapenchuck, and Matt Whittaker. The game was delayed a bit, as Barberton showed up 15 minutes before the game, and their coach, Jeff Saylor, argued with the umpires during the pregame meeting with the umpire. The game began, nonetheless, with a strike thrown by Medina’s Cory Teachout, and a sun-filled day of baseball was underway!
The game started out with Teachout looking sharp, striking out one and allowing one walk. The Bees got aboard first via a grounder from Brian Letts and an error by Barberton second baseman Bailey Hedrick, but was picked off at first by pitcher Zach Foster. Retribution was made though, as Foster hit a long fly ball to left field in the second only to be caught by Mike Faschian in an over-the-shoulder grab. In the third, Teachout led off with a walk and was advanced to second base, and later third, from a well-placed bunt by Connor Green and a wild pitch, respectively. Brent Lary came through with the Bee’s first run, hitting an RBI single up the middle to score Teachout, and later stealing a base. Colin Minor was also walked, but neither scored.
In the third, Medina showed off the muscle in an inning chock full of hits!. Geoff Hardy led off with a walk for the Bees, followed by Brian Letts reaching on an error. Hardy scored on an RBI hit by Mike Faschian, making the score 2-0 in favor of Medina. A well placed bunt by Teachout and an errant throw to first led to another Bees run, scored by the junior Letts. On an excellent play called by coach Kaplack, Teachout was sent to steal second, which led to a throw to second. While Teachout stole second, Mike Faschian was sent home, and scored! Teachout later scored from second on an RBI single by senior Connor Green, making the score 5-0 Bees. Brent Lary reached on a base hit, and was advanced to third by a Patrick Beal double down the left field line. On that note, Barberton pulled Zach Foster and brought in Hunter Sherman to pitch. Colin Minor had a sacrafice hit to shortstop, scoring Brent Lary, making the score 6-0. The Bees weren’t done yet, as Geoff Hardy hit an RBI double to plate Minor, and later Havekost. When the inning was all said and done (at the relief of Barberton), the Bees had batted around and them so, and scored seven runs on four hits and four errors.
Barberton finally scored in the fourth, on a sac fly to center, scoring Corey Fox. Following the sac fly, Hunter Sherman hit a drive down the left field line, scoring Zach Foster and making the score 8-2. Teachout responded with a double of his own, then stole third easily on a past ball. He, along with Connor Green who was walked after Teachout’s at bat, scored on a frozen rope double by Colin Minor to make the score 10-2 Bees. It must have been a sophomore party during this inning, as Austin Havekost hit a double to plate his fellow second year starter Minor.
In the fifth, after the traditional blaring of the song “Renegade” by Styx from the loudspeakers, Barberton brought on a new pitcher in the form of Bailey Hedrick. He proved to be ineffective, allowing back-to-back-to-back runs, and one run. That proved to be the nail in the coffin, as the mercy rule came into effect and the Bees left with a sweet, sweet victory. I, as an announcer, love to shout one phrase, which I got to scream today. BEES WIN!