Although there have been some losses, the Forester Baseball team is in the midst of a victorious season.
By Katie Sell, Staff Writer
Spring season is here for baseball, and Huntington is excited to defrost Forest Glen Park not only for our players and staff, but for spectators as well. The updated spectator policy for this season allows both home and away spectators in addition to the local community. Tickets are not required for the events, but visitors will be charged an admission fee at the gate. While in Forest Glen Park, we ask that spectators wear masks and practice physical distancing outside of normal close contact. The gates will open 30 minutes prior to the event, and spectators may bring their own chair if preferred. We ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to refrain from attending. All home games are being streamed for free on HU’s YouTube channel.
The Foresters dominated the first leg of their season, defeating Kentucky Christian University and #11 IU Southeast. The first glimpse of the season made it evident that pitching would be the foundation of HU’s success this spring. Senior Shinabery struck out about 70% of the KCU opponents he faced. Senior McCutchen spent five frames on the mound Sunday, striking out 10 of the 16 he saw. Junior Butz wrapped up the inning with a clean slate to secure the win.
IU Southeast gave Frame’s squad four more wins for their record the following week, bringing HU to a 7-0 standing. Lichty hit a nice two-run triple in the third to which the Grenadiers responded, only to be shut down again with a few insurance runs from HU.
Huntington had a promising start facing off against Marian, but let the second win slip. 14 hits were earned in the opening game with McCutchen, Owen, Dice and others putting themselves on the stats sheet. The eight runs allowed HU to walk away with a breezy 8-1 win. In the following game, McCutchen put in six innings striking out 10, but gave up five hits, four runs and two walks all-in-all. The final score was 4-2 Marion.
HU splits results again facing off against Grace, collecting their second loss of the season. The Foresters did not allow Grace on to the scoreboard the second game with a shutout. Saturday proved more success, and the Foresters added two more wins to their season. Shinabery struck out nine and gave up only three hits, maintaining a perfect record for his senior season of 4-0. Ginder heated up the game, doubling in the first run to take a 2-1 lead. Dice drove up the score to 5-1 after a RBI double in the third, only to come back in the eighth and collect another.
Rescheduled from the beginning of March, the fight against IU Kokomo did not end in HU’s favor Mid-March. The 9-inning battle ended in a 9-6 result. The Foresters travel to Bethel soon to continue their season.