Cleveland Varsity Baseball loses 5-4 against rival Clayton

Cleveland Varsity Baseball took a tough loss versus Clayton on Tuesday night.

The game was back and forth from the beginning. Cleveland took an early 3-0 lead with the good base running of Zach Blalock scoring two of those runs. Freshman Kaden Morris took the hill to start, and went 3.2 innings strong, but gave up three unearned runs, and an error in the outfield caused two to score. A hard hit single gave Clayton another.

Senior Luke Parker came in big with a solo shot to give Cleveland the 4-3 lead. Junior Zavion Ingram came into pitch next. Ingram went 2.2 innings, pitching great. Ryan Glass came in next to try and close it out. He would load the bases, and with two outs in the seventh, an infield error would let one in to tie the game at 4. A wild pitch would give Clayton the lead, and then junior Christian Dougherty would come in for Clayton to close out the game. 

Junior Connor Roberts, after the game said, “We thought we had it, but it slipped away in the last inning, so it stinks to lose, but even more to lose against Clayton.” Roberts played second base while Zavion Ingram pitched, and was on the bench for the rest of the game, but not playing didn’t prevent him from being loud on the bench. Both teams would go back and forth cheering on the benches, with fake radar guns, and dancing. 

The fans are very into it as well, but sides go crazy when their team is doing good, and that’s not always the case, so it shows how seriously the students take the rivalry.

One of the main targets for Cleveland was Sophomore Hugh Collins. Collins is committed to UNC for baseball. So with him not playing great, it was a good opportunity for the Cleveland fans to heckle him. I got to meet up with Collins after the game. He said, “I could definitely hear them, but I try to cancel all that out and use it as motivation.”

Cleveland’s next game is Friday, May 20 at West Johnson.

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