PENDLETON — Alexandria and Frankton were the victors in the opening night of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament at Pendleton Heights.
Game 1 pitted Alexandria against Anderson Preparatory Academy, with the Tigers earning the 7-0 victory Wednesday.
“We are playing this like it is sectional time,” Alexandria coach Jeff Closser said. “It is good experience for us.”
Alexandria (3-1) got on the board first with two in the bottom of the third inning. Mason Hoke drew a five-pitch walk then stole second base and scored when lead-off hitter Jessie Gossett singled to center field.
Gossett stole second base and moved to third when the ball trickled into the outfield. He came in to score the second run of the inning on a ground out by Owen Young, who has committed to attend Ohio State University.
“We swung the bat pretty well,” Closser said. “We hit the ball hard about four or five times and (APA) made some plays right at them and that is how it has been all year for us. I just told the guys to keep swinging like that and they will fall.”
The Tigers added two more in the fifth and three in the sixth. Gossett led the way for Alexandria with three singles, one RBI and one run in four trips to the plate
While it took the Tigers’ offense a couple of innings to get going, Braxton Moore took the mound and was dealing early.
The left-handed sophomore gave up two hits with 10 strikeouts and surrendered one walk over six innings of work in his first varsity start.
“Braxton pitched a heck of a game,” Closser said. “He kept them off balance. He was having trouble with his curve ball early, but then later in the game he got his curve ball working and that kept them off his fastball.”