June 5, 2013 — Everything that could have gone wrong for the East Carter Baseball team went wrong.
The Raiders, making their 17th straight appearance in the 16th Region Tournament saw their stay end abruptly as Rowan County defeated East 8-1 last week. The Vikings’ freshman pitcher Cameron Planck stymied East as he only gave up one run on two hits.
Coach Jeremiah Shearer credits Planck and the rest of the Vikings for executing their game plan.
“We didn’t do a very good job of matching their intensity,” Shearer said. “They came out, the dugout was loud and energized. They were hungry and we weren’t.”
Shearer added: “Give credit to Rowan County. They have nice athletes and good speed and they have improved as much as anybody in the region from beginning to end (Rowan started the year 2-12, finished 19-18).”
Rowan would get on the board early on a wild pitch in the first inning and a Jordan Cornett sacrifice fly in the third inning and put the pressure on the Raiders.
“They smacked us in the mouth early and we didn’t respond,” Shearer said.
The Vikings would then score two in the fourth and sixth innings on five hits.
But Shearer said his squad had trouble in all phases of the game, including out in the field, committing three errors.
“We struggled all the way around,” Shearer said. “We struggled at the plate and the mound. We did some things defensively we haven’t been doing the last month. It was just poor decision making.”
East's pair of hits came off the bat of junior Jesse James. He pushed across the Raiders only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to center that scored Derek Keller.
“I thought Jesse had a nice approach at the plate,” Shearer said. “He took good cuts. We tried to rally late but when you’re down 8-0, it’s a tough mountain to climb.”
East Carter now says goodbye to nine seniors.
“They’ve been in our program for a long time,” Shearer said. “They’ve been respectful kids and have worked hard. Anytime you lose a big class of seniors like that it’s tough. We appreciate everything they’ve done for this program.”
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