SPRINGVILLE — The Springville 12U travel baseball team hosted Eden on May 19. With opening day for Springville baseball held the day before, Springville’s players went from their home teams to their travel team, on May 20.
Springville, led by Mason Goodridge, took down Eden 20 – 2. Goodridge went 3 – 4 and scored 3 runs, during the win. Jarrett Wolf scored 3 runs and hit a leadoff double, in the third inning, to kick-start a 6-run inning. Goodridge, Wolf, Emmitt Collins and Mike Sobota combined, to pitch a one-hitter, striking out 12.
“We talked about, before the game, that we just wanted to come out really aggressive,” Coach Jeff Goodridge said. “We wanted to get on them early, because they’re a really inexperienced team. We knew that we would have a lot [of] scoring opportunities, if we put the ball in play. We just stayed aggressive; expanded the strike zone, when we needed to, and jumped on them early.”
During the second leg of the day’s double-header, Springville took on Carnegie Scranton Recreation Association, with which Springville has a friendly rivalry, according to Goodridge.
“They’re always a good, well-prepared team,” Goodridge said. “They do the little things really well. They put the ball in play. They might have had only three strikeouts, today. [We are] always putting pressure on the defense, to force them to make plays, and they handle the ball well.”
CSRA racked up 14 hits, en route to a 10 – 4 win, against Springville.
Springville cut into CSRA’s lead, in the fifth inning, to bring the score to 7 – 4. With runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate, Mike Sobota lined out to the shortstop on a hard-hit ball, to end Springville’s threat.
Sobota went 2 – 3 on the day and scored a run, during the fourth inning.
“We just didn’t have the same kind of energy that we usually have,” Goodridge said. “We are not a team that plays with a ton of emotion anyway, but today, we were just really flat. We tried to keep talking to them throughout the game; just couldn’t generate enough energy.”
Springville will host a 12U tournament, beginning on May 30.