Buchholz Beats Lake Weir 11-1 In Preseason Opener
By Cassandra Swartz
If Lake Weir was looking for revenge for the 11-1 loss Buchholz handed them in last year’s preseason opener, they came up empty-handed as the Bobcats trounced them Tuesday night withthe same final score.
After almost a year without baseball, Buchholz players seemed eager to put the program on a winning path. The Cats scored early and often, putting runs on the board in every inning except for the third. At the end of the sixth, the run rule was called into play by the umpire, ending the game an inning early.
Noah Hayse, freshman catcher and UCF-commit, opened the scoring by launching a double that drove Caden Kresak and Brett Blair home. Kresak reached base with a leadoff single and Blair drew a walk to join him.
Franko Tansan was the story of the second inning as he beat out the throw for an infield single before executing two steals and then racing home on an RBI single by Kresak. Tansan then left the game with a hamstring injury.
When asked about his injury, Tansan had a positive outlook.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to come back. I’ll always be at practice and games trying to help my team out.”
Buchholz continued to pour it on offensively, scoring three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Hurricanes were hampered by errors and walks all night, and the Bobcats capitalized on those opportunities.
Lake Weir also struggled to keep up with Buchholz’s aggressive base running. The Cats had 10 successful steal attempts, including two perfectly executed double steals.
“That’s how we win baseball games,” Buchholz head coach Ron Brooks said. “We’ve got to be aggressive on the bases.”
On defense, the Bobcats dominated with the pitchers allowing only one combined run. Starting pitcher Kresak was hot at the plate and on the bump. Over his four innings pitched, he gave up only two hits and two walks, threw six strikeouts, picked off a baserunner, and finished with zero runs scored.
“I definitely want to improve throughout the year,” Kresak said of his pitching performance. “It was a good start.”
As for his impressive hitting, he said he was "seeing the ball really well.”
The lone run for the Hurricanes came on an RBI single off of right-handed reliever Nick Taylor. He pitched the fifth inning and part of the sixth before freshman lefty Ryan McCraken entered to close out the game.
Moving forward, Coach Brooks wants to see more energy from his squad and more strikes from his relief pitchers, but was pleased with the way the team played.
“For our first game, we put a lot of balls in play… I’m happy where we were.”
On Thursday, Buchholz travels to Williston to take on the Red Devils for the second preseason game.