The 2010 version of Carthage High School baseball has shown its coach a couple of things while splitting two games at a tournament in Branson — it can score runs and it needs to throw strikes.


The 2010 version of Carthage High School baseball has shown its coach a couple of things while splitting two games at a tournament in Branson — it can score runs and it needs to throw strikes.

“We’re averaging two walks an inning in the first two games and that won’t do,” said Head Coach Mike Godfrey after Wednesday’s 16-6 loss to the host at the Branson tournament. “We will put up runs and we struggled to do that last year. That will be a strength this year and we will compete better, but the kids have got to throw strikes.”

The Tigers were competitive with the Branson Pirates in Wednesday’s game until the bottom of the fourth inning, only trailing 8-6 at that time but Branson took advantage of some Carthage walks to put up nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, three in the fourth and six in the fifth to make for the final score.

Godfrey said Brian Poston had two hits and scored two runs in the game while Dalton Coffee also scored two runs on a hit and a walk. Terrin Garber and Caleb Fierro each had two RBIs in the game.

The Tigers had a better game in the season and tournament opener against Webb City, beating the Cardinals 6-4 in a game that was moved from Carthage to Branson on Tuesday because of weather.

Godfrey said his pitcher, Mark Ryan, pitched a complete game and only allowed two hits while striking out nine, but he spent the game pitching out of jams because he gave up 14 walks.

“We were very fortunate in that game,” Godfrey said. “They had the bases loaded twice and two men on in every inning. He was able to make the big pitch out of the stretch when he needed and get the big strike out.”

Four Carthage players, Coffee, Fierro, Garber and Levi Snyder had two hits each in the game.
Carthage plays Republic today on the road they come to Carl Lewton Stadium on Friday for their home opener against Carl Junction.