Red Dirt 18U begins Brad Holt Tournament title defense
July 2, 2017
STILLWATER, Okla.—A team trying to defend its place at the top is going to have a target on its back.
T.W. Beiswanger, an infielder from Alva, helped Red Dirt 18U start its title defense of the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament with a 5-1 win over Stillwater Baseball Club on Thursday night at Couch Park. Beiswanger went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Beiswanger started as the leadoff hitter and set the pace for the game, watching four balls sail past him and waltzing to first base after he was walked. He didn’t go much further than there, but in the third inning, Perry’s Drake Dale hit an RBI-single and drove Beiswanger in after his first double.
His second double came in the fifth inning and Perkins’ Reed Aldridge drove him in with an RBI-double.
“We hit the ball pretty well,” Beiswanger said. “Our energy was a little mediocre, but we haven’t played in about two weeks. We swung at the ball pretty well, I think.”
The situation was bleak for the defending champions early, though.
Stillwater Baseball Club’s bats came out hot, as leadoff hitter Michael Lauvetz hit a double. Aiden Luckett got to first because of an error. Laubetz was thrown out at home, but after a walk put Jackson Meyer on base, Jackson Ford hit an RBI-double, driving in Luckett. Lauvetz was thrown out at home, but after a walk put Jackson Meyer on base, Jackson Ford hit an RBI-double, driving in Luckett.
Red Dirt 18U kept the damage minimal and locked down the defense for the rest of the game.
Pitcher Chandler Bocox of Perry threw a complete game with four strikeouts while allowing five hits, two which came in the first inning. Although Bocox sometimes fell behind in the pitch count, he continued to find a way to get batters out, much in part to the seven men playing behind him.
Red Dirt 18U’s defense was stellar after the first-inning error. Outfielders kept track of every ball in the wind that continually blew dust across Couch Park. The infield made play after play on ground balls, catching liners an done hoppers, not allowing the ball to skim past their outstretched mitts.
Throws to first base were precise and on time. The defense found its groove after a two-week layoff and performed like it was a game of backyard catch, not a game where the score mattered.
“We try and pride ourselves defensively,” Chance Jeffrey, Red Dirt 18U’s coach, said. “Bocox got behind in a lot of the counts, so that’s why he gave up a lot of the hits he gave up. It makes it to where you can’t play defense. We always reach work ahead and pitch to contact and let our defense play.
“We’re pretty good defensively, We try to tell our pitchers to find groundballs and do stuff to make it easier on themselves.”