Legendary baseball player Wee Willie Keeler advised hitters, “Keep your eye clear, and hit ‘em where they ain’t.”
The Renegades did just that, getting hits in open areas, in their 22-1 win over Ice Cold Pitchers. They had 23 hits in the coed Marshall Division game Thursday on NASA softball field 2.
“We were hitting the ball really good today,” Renegades player/coach Preston Cupp said. “We were just able to hit holes out in the field. We were able to bat through (the lineup) and I’d like to give an MVP shout-out to Laura McIntyre.
“It was a good game. I was proud of how we played.”
Cupp went 2-for-3 with a double, five runs batted in and three runs scored for the Renegades (4-1). McIntyre was 2-for-3 with two runs. John Hutt and Tyrin Thurmon had three hits apiece. Trace Turner, Patrick Fussell, Keith Skinner and Joel Anderson added two hits apiece.
Winning pitcher Jim Lomas allowed one run on five hits in four innings. The Renegades turned a double play and he faced 17 batters with no walks and one strikeout.
Austin Decker had the RBI hit in the first for the Ice Cold Pitchers (1-4). Monte Church went 2-for-2 while Crystal Santiago took the loss.
“They kind of hit it where we weren’t,” Decker, the player/coach, said. “And if you do that all game, that’s kind of what happens.”