Foster solid on mound as AC blanks Trinity
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 2, 2004
NATCHEZ &045; Doing his best Dan Marino impersonation, Adams County Christian’s Timmy Foster was a man of many gloves Monday.
In the early afternoon, Foster donned a golf glove, hacking it around Duncan Park for 18 holes before switching to a bigger mitt, as the Rebels starter on the mound against Trinity Episcopal.
ACCS head coach Gill Morris admitted having reservations in sending his young sophomore hurler to begin the game.
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However, Morris looked like Einstein after Foster mowed down four in two innings of work as the Rebels blanked Trinity 13-0 in four innings at Chester Willis Field Monday.
&uot;We’re jelling right now,&uot; Morris said. &uot;We’ve got an important series against Central Private (today). Hopefully we can get out of the gate quick on them like we did tonight. (Central Private) swept us last year, and we can’t afford that to happen again this season.&uot;
Foster seemed at his best during the second inning following an approximately 15-minute delay to repair the pitching mound, which turned into a pig pen once the scattered showers moved in after the first inning.
Both teams to time out to sand down the mound and the batter’s box with the count 2-0 to Ryan Rachal.
After the dirt was spread evenly, Foster retired Rachal on three straight pitches and mowed down Walt Ketchings on four to strike out the side with AC up 8-0 at that point.
&uot;The mound was getting real clogged up. I don’t think (Foster) was planting like he needed to,&uot; Morris said. &uot;He was probably overcompensating, but after we put some stuff down he did the job.&uot;
First-year Saints head coach Matt Mason thought both Foster and David Trisler, who pitched the final two innings, were sharp.
However, Mason did not see the type of tenacity at the plate he expects from his team.
The Saints were limited to three hits, none in the fourth.
&uot;We’re too passive at the plate,&uot; Mason said. &uot;I think it’s a matter of not seeing enough live pitching yet. This is only our second game. Basketball season kept us from holding scrimmages. We’ll be better at the plate, the more live pitching we see.&uot;
The Rebels wasted little time in turning the cross-town rivalry into a yawner, scoring four runs in the first inning off three hits.
Back-to-back doubles from Glenn Williams and Trisler &045; the Nos. 2 and 3 men in the lineup &045; scored a pair of runs off Rachal, who started for the Saints.
&uot;It was real important for us to come out swinging the bats,&uot; Morris said. &uot;Those first at-bats I think really put (the Saints) on their heels. The game seemed to run a long time, but I think that was because the rain slowed everything down.&uot;
A Trinity error allowed Foster to reach base, and David New followed him with a single to put runners at the corners with one out.
Rachal got Douglas Davis swinging, before Joseph Dunlap sent a high-chopper back up the box.
The grounder was mishandled and both runners crossed home plate safely for a 4-0 cushion, seconds prior to Dunlap being caught in no-man’s land off the first-base bag for the third out.
&uot;There’s no doubt they’re a very good ball club right now,&uot; Mason said of the Rebels. &uot;They’re at the point where we need to be to have a chance in our league.&uot;
Rachal collected a double in the bottom half of the first, but was stranded at third with the bases loaded when Brandon Geter grounded 4-3 subduing the rally.
AC added three more runs on just as many hits in the second, as Rachal started to battle control problems.
New collected the first of three RBIs on the night when he sacrificed in Williams from third, making it 7-0.
Trisler came on in relief of Foster to start the third, which was delayed for five to 10 minutes due to showers.
Trisler picked up where his teammate left off, striking out a pair and only allowing one hit when Stevan Ridley led off the third with an infield single.
&uot;David needed the work. I had it set up were all the kids would get a little bit of work,&uot; Morris said. &uot;All the varsity pitchers have thrown except Dustin Case. But he’s so valuable defensively and at the plate, that I think we’ll be all right.&uot;
Mason went through Gregory Ketchings and Brandon Geter after Rachal was raced off after 2.2 innings of work.
&uot;I was gonna bring (Trinity ace Andy) Moon in if it was close, but when it got out of hand I decided to save him,&uot; Mason said. &uot;We’ve got a game against Silliman (today) and I decided we better let Andy get his pitching in then.&uot;