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Spartan season opener
Story by Jordan Nailon
ROCHESTER — The Spartans opened up their league schedule Tuesday March 25 versus Rochester and managed to put forth an effort as uneven as the weather. Rochester won the game by a 15-5 score in a five inning contest that was marred by sideways rain and interrupted by intermittent rainbows. Forks put forth an effort that mirrored the inconsistency of the early spring weather.
After giving up one run in each of the first two innings, Forks answered back with a crooked number in the third frame to take a 5-2 lead. Senior centerfielder Nate Gimlin led the Spartans offense, going 2-2 with an RBI while senior catcher Reece Hagan went 1-1 with an RBI.
Reese Moody also got in on the one inning hit parade, going 1-2 on the day with 2 RBI’s. Having chased the Warriors starting pitcher from the mound established a lead, Forks looked to have Rochester on the run. Instead they wound up chasing their tails and missed balls more often than not.
Compounding errors by Forks led to a steady march of Warriors around the base paths and a few timely hits plated 13 unanswered runs.
“We played a solid 2.5 innings,” said Forks coach Wayne Daman after the game.
Starting pitcher Javier Contrares wore the loss for his team, although the majority of his runs were of the unearned variety.