C-G baseball team splits with defending state champs

By Steve Sell
April 05, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Canton-Galva’s baseball team showed a lot of signs in its season opener Friday that it could experience a turnaround season.

Going on the road to play defending state champion Ell-Saline, the Eagles battled back in the second game to earn a split of the doubleheader.

The Cardinals were a 12-7 winner in the first game, but the Eagles pulled out an exciting 9-8 victory in the second game to earn the split.

“We hit the ball so much better than last year, but we have some fielding and base on ball problems to work on,” C-G coach Kelly Nelson said.

In the first game, C-G’s Connor Farnham was immense by going 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. The Eagles had numerous chances to score more runs, but couldn’t seem to come up with the clutch hit. Jacob Dailey probably a deserved a better fate on the mound, as he allowed only five earned runs but took the loss.

In the second game, Farnham was the winning pitcher and gave up only four hits. The Cardinals needed walks to score as they couldn’t make much contact.

Farnham and Jacob Struber had two hits apiece, while Struber and Ethan Loyd drove in two runs apiece. Struber’s double was the big hit. The game was shortened to four innings due to darkness.

Nelson was pleased that the Eagles were able to pound out 17 hits in the two games since offense was the team’s weakness last year. He said the Eagles definitely are looking forward to Tuesday’s home opener when it hosts Bennington.