Harlem starts off baseball season strong

Harlem's Cody Gray swings at a pitch in Harlem's game against Byron. The Huskies went on to win the game 16-6. Photo by Matt Nestor

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

Going into the start of the season, Harlem baseball coach Doug Livingston was worried about how his offense would perform once they got onto the field.

“We’re not going to have a lot of pop in our lineup,” Livingston said. “We’re going to be base to base a lot this year.”

The Huskies went base to base a lot in the first week of the season, racking up three victories and scoring a lot of runs in the process to get off to a good start to the baseball season.

The Huskies started off the week with a 6-3 victory over North Boone. They followed that up with a tough Byron team that defeated them last year.

Harlem's Tyler Baxter throws a pitch in the second inning against Byron. Baxter was the starting pitcher in the Huskies' 16-6 victory over Byron. Photo by Matt Nestor

The first inning got off to a great start for the Huskies. Bryon walked the leadoff hitter, gave up a single, and walked two more batters to walk in the first run.

After switching pitchers, Bryon still had trouble finding home plate, walking in another run and allowing a third early run on a groundout to first. Harlem ran themselves out of the inning on a failed suicide squeeze play, but they added to the early lead before pulling off a 16-6 victory.

The week was closed out with a 9-6 victory over Bartonville Limestone.

While the pitching was not up to the standards the Huskies hope to keep for most of the season, the offense was more than enough as they averaged 10 runs a game in their first three wins.

Byron's catcher lunges to reach a wild pitch to Harlem's Anderson Myles during the first inning of their game March 25. Harlem defeated Byron 16-6. Photo by Matt Nestor

From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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