On Monday, April 23rd, Walkersville baseball played against the Middletown Knights in a rivalry game. The last time the Lions faced off against Middletown it resulted in a 14-4 victory for Walkersville.
Middletown was able to pickup an early run in the first inning to make the score 1-0. The score would remain this way until the fourth inning when the Lions scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead. In the fifth inning, the Lions scored another run and the score remained 5-1 until the end of the game, resulting in a Walkersville victory.
Senior Aaron Jahnke said, “We had to switch the lineup around a little bit and we went down 1-0 early, but everyone got used to it and settled in and we were able to come back and win with five straight runs. Towards the end of the game we started to get hot and hit better.”
Senior pitcher Jacob Wetzel said, “The plan on the mound was to throw strikes and attack hitters with all my pitches. I feel I threw well striking out 11 and only allowing one run. Our defense was strong all game and offensively we produced at the most important times. We got hits when we needed them most.”
Wetzel pitched for the majority of the game before junior Thomas Fogle replaced him in the final inning to close out the game.
“Our bats couldn’t quite get going, but Wetzel pitching as well as he did really calmed us, and we just took what they gave us and it was enough to win. We defended well which was huge for us because in games like that when we aren’t hitting well, being able to rely on our pitching and defense to still get a win is important,” added senior Joey Thompson.