It’s safe to say Wednesday was not Gadsden City’s day.
The Titans fell to Spain Park 22-0 at home in high school baseball. Whether it was errors, not reaching base, giving up hits, everything snowballed on Gadsden City.
The Jaguars grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sam Dozier brought the first two runs around on a single. Later in the first with two outs, a fly ball was hit to Baylor Partridge at second base. The ball bounced out of his glove and two more runs came across.
In the bottom half of the inning, Gadsden City got two runners on base. Hudson James reach on a walk then Austin Correll beat out a throw to first for an infield single. James moved to second on Correll's single, and that's the furthest either got.
Spain Park added five runs in the second and one run in each of the third and fourth innings to grab an 11-0 lead.
Then things got worse for Gadsden City in the fifth inning as the Jaguars doubled their lead with 11 more runs on seven hits. Spain Park was just one batter away from batting around the lineup twice in the inning.
Star of the Night
Spain Park's Noah Burns tossed four innings of one-hit baseball and walked one in the win. He struck out three.
By the Numbers
13 — Number of errors Gadsden City has committed in its last two games combined. The Titans had five in the loss to Spain Park. … 0 — No one reached base for Gadsden City in the final four innings as they went down in order in each frame. … 4 — Pitching was a struggle for the Titans as four batters were unintentionally hit in the fifth. Three of them consecutively. … 8 — Number of times Spain Park reached on a base on balls. … 17 — Number of hits for the Jaguars.
“Defensively, we just haven’t played very well lately. I’ve got to do a better job of getting us able to play with pressure and play in a game-type situation. I’ve got to do a better job of focusing on that at practice. We’ve got to get better.” — Gadsden City coach Taylor Talbot
Gadsden City Stat Sheet
Starting pitcher James tossed the first two innings. He gave up eight hits, nine runs (six earned) and walked one. … Walker McCarver came on in relief and pitched 2 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, walked seven, fanned two and gave up 13 runs (nine earned). … Micah Lett pitched the final 1/3 inning. He gave up a hit and struck out one.
Spain Park Stat Sheet
Dozier had two hits and four RBI. Brody Richey and Colby Mills each had two hits. … Josh Wallace tossed the final inning in relief and struck out two.
Gadsden City (4-8) hosts Pell City at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Spain Park (7-6) travels to Smiths Station on Friday.