Spuds drop opening doubleheader to Southridge

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Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Spuds pitcher Andrew Frey throws the pitch in Game 1 of the doubleheader against Southridge at Larson Field on Monday. The Spuds dropped both games on the day.

MOSES LAKE — The Central Washington Spuds dropped their opening games of the year in American Legion league play at Larson Playfield. Southridge swept the Spuds in the Monday double header.

The Spuds held a 2-1 lead going into the fourth inning before Southridge tied the game in the top of the inning. The visitors took the lead in the top of the fifth, holding the Spuds scoreless in the final innings to take a 3-2 victory.

Southridge outhit the Spuds 5-3 in the game, with just one error. The Spuds finished with two errors in the game.

Andrew Frey started the game on the mound for the home team, throwing four and one-third innings, with three runs allowed on four hits and two strikeouts. Kamden Kuykendall came in as relief, allowing no runs off one hit with no strikeouts.

In Game 2, Southridge got off to a red-hot start, knocking in eight runs in the first inning to take a big lead. The Spuds got a run back in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to seven.

Both teams went scoreless in the second inning before Southridge piled on 13 more runs in the top of the third. The game was called when the lights went out on the field in the bottom of the fourth, as Southridge took game two, 21-1.

Southridge finished with 14 hits and no errors. The Spuds accumulated three errors in the second game with one run on a pair of hits.

Ebin Carmona scored the lone run for the Spuds, finished 1-2 in the second game. Five players split pitching duty for the Spuds in game two. Three key players were missing for the Spuds in their opening games, including Zach Valdez, Wade Visker and Jett Nelson.

Missing these players, head coach Steve Keller said takes away some key experience for his group.

“Those three guys are all varsity players, two to three year varsity players, who’ve played for the Spuds multiple times,” Keller said. “It’s just experience.”

After the first games of the year, Keller said he believes the team needs to find their base.

“We need to see what we brought to the table, how we played the game,” Keller said. “When we played the pitch for the pitch, we were pretty good.”

Moving forward Keller said he hopes to work on confidence and approach with his team before their games next week.

“When you have some self doubt, or doubt in the game, or playing the scoreboard, you try and make things too perfect,” Keller said. “And this game will beat you down until you just let it go and play.”

The Spuds next matchup will be against the Yakima Beetles on the road on Tuesday, June 11. The Spuds will return home to face the Beetles again the following day.

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