Cliff Foght expects a lot more victories for his Greenon baseball team this spring than the four games the Knights won a year ago. Even his players are talking the talk.
“I think we can win a (Central Buckeye Conference) title because we’ve got a strong lineup and pitching,” said junior pitcher James Schroder, one of two transfers from Fairborn.
Schroder made his first varsity start Monday and held Greeneview to two hits and struck out six in a 10-0 victory in six innings.
“My curveball definitely was good, and I think I was throwing a little bit harder than I usually do, just keying in for my first game,” said Schroder, who allowed one walk and hit one batter.
Foght considers junior Billy Roberts his ace, but Roberts was sick Monday so Schroder got the start.
“He’s not explosive on his fastball, but he’s got two curveballs he throws and they’re unbelievable,” said Foght, who said he has confidence in at least eight pitchers.
In his third year, Foght said his team with 10 juniors will challenge for the CBC Mad River Division crown. When he pitched the idea of an offseason workout he got from TCU called The Grind, his players committed to it.
“They wanted to do everything it took,” he said. “I really pushed these kids to the limit. It was stuff they were volunteering for, and they came back every day wanting to do it.”
The Knights (1-0) needed only seven hits and got help from the Rams (0-1), who committed four errors. The Knights scored four runs in the third, led by RBI singles from Caleb Wilson and Trent Seitz. Then they plated five unearned runs in the fifth, the big hit being a two-run single to center by Chase Green with two outs. Tyler Scott added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
“I was hoping we’d worked enough in practice to not see some of the routine errors that we saw,” Greeneview coach Paul Thompson said. “But we’re a young team and those type of things are going to happen.”