REEDS SPRING – The Reeds Spring High School baseball team had a long 24-hour period to stew over a 12-0 loss to Hollister last Friday afternoon.
If you look at the scoreboard alone from the Wolves’ 10-0, five-inning victory over Springfield Central at home on Monday, you may think everything is back to normal.
Not if you talk to Reeds Spring coach Chris Funk, though.
“Energy-wise, I wasn’t happy with that at all,” Funk said. “It was kind of a slow-moving paced game, which we don’t like to play.
“In terms of approach and throwing strikes, I thought we did a much better job. In terms of the energy and the pace we want to play at, I was absolutely not happy.”
The Wolves got a quality start from Justin Locke, who went the distance and allowed just one hit and one walk. Another Central hitter reached on catcher’s interference, and one reached on an error.
Locke struck out six and stranded one runner on second base after a two-out double in the first, and left runners on second and third in the fourth.
The game dragged when Reeds Spring was at the plate.
The Wolves sent 30 hitters to the plate and 17 of them reached base. Nine of them were on hits, with five on walks, two on hit-batsmen and one on an error.
“It’s kind of tough when you have kind of a slow-moving game like that, but that’s not who we are,” Funk said. “But no matter if it’s a slow-moving game or a fast-moving game, we ask our kids to have energy and passion.
“We played with it in the beginning of the game, then lost it in about the third inning, and that’s something we will take care of.”
While Locke kept the Bulldogs off-balance, Reeds Spring took the lead in the first inning and ended the game after five innings.
The Wolves struck early, with Seth Stamps walking, going to second base on an errant pickoff throw, reaching third on a sacrifice fly and scoring on a Cody Hughes RBI single.
The biggest blow for Reeds Spring came in the second inning, when Blake Gronvold and Logan Chambers walked with one out, and after a popout, Ben Moler jumped on a fastball and distributed it over the left-field fence for a three-run homer.
That made it a 4-0 game.
Cole Watson delivered a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Hughes followed with a run-scoring single to make it a 7-0 game.
In the fifth, Reeds Spring scored three more runs to end the game. Watson drew a bases-loaded walk, then Hughes reached on an infield single, with two runs scoring on the play.
The victory pushed the Wolves to 10-4 overall, with the homestretch of the regular season looming and district tournament play to follow.
It’s something Funk and his team has its eye on.
“We have to be who we are every single day, we have to come with the energy and passion that these kids have come with every day since November, and that is the ideal makeup of who we are,” Funk said.
“We need to improve 1-8 in our staff, and continue to throw strikes, and hunting fastballs and continue to be aggressive offensively, and if we do that, I think we’ll be OK.”
Moler followed his home run with a bunt single, part of a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored.
Stamps reached base four times and scored three runs, and Hughes added two hits and three RBIs.
The Wolves dropped an 11-6 decision to Logan-Rogersville on Tuesday night, continuing a busy week that included a scheduled game at state powerhouse Aurora on Thursday.
Reeds Spring is scheduled to be back home on Tuesday afternoon with a game against Marshfield.