The Washington Blue Lion baseball team quickly evened its season record at 1-1 with a 4-1 win over the Southeastern Panthers in Washington’s home opener Monday, March 27.
Blue Lion junior Kenny Arboleda started and pitched a complete game, two-hitter for the win.
He allowed one run (earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.
Popp started and pitched six innings for the Panthers, sustaining the loss. He allowed nine hits and four runs (all earned) with no walks and six strikeouts.
A trio of Blue Lions had two hits on the day.
Junior Eli Ruth was 2 for 3 with two runs scored; junior Nick Barrett went 2 for 3 with a double and two rbi and Arboleda had two hits.
Popp and Thompson had singles for Southeastern.
“Kenny Arboleda started for us and pitched a great game, earning his 1st varsity win,” Washington head coach Tyler Rhodus said. “Kenny kept the ball down in the zone and was able to throw his curveball for strikes.
“I like the energy our guys have,” Rhodus said. “The dugout has been great and our guys played pretty well defensively. We scattered 9 hits. Brian (Wilson) and Nick (Barrett) both had big hits, both driving in two runs.
“We have a huge game (today) against Clinton-Massie,” Rhodus said. “They were league co-champs and have most of their starters back. We feel confident that if we play well defensively and pitch well that we will put ourselves in a position to be able to win.”
Offensively for Washington: Conner Chrisman, 1-3, 1 run, 1 sb; Eli Ruth, 2-3, 2 runs, 2 sb; Jarett Patton, 1-3, 1 run, 1 sb; Brian Wilson, 1-2, 2 rbi; Nick Barrett, 2-3, 2 rbi, 1 2b, 1 sb; Avery Wilson, 0-3; Kenny Arboleda, 2-3, 1 sb; Ethan Marting, 0-2; Kyler Mount, 0-2; Christian Grove, 0-1.
Offensively for Southeastern: Stauffer, 0-3; Hartman, 0-3; Popp, 1-3, 2 sb, 1 run; Mottis, 0-2; Gillum, 0-0; Hopkins 0-3; Thompson, 1-3, 1 sb; Carrico, 0-2; Chenault, 0-2; Chaffin, 0-2.
SE 000 100 0 — 1 2 2
W 201 010 x — 4 9 2
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