FARMINGTON — Strike Zone skipper Adam Morrissey wanted his team to set the tone as soon as they took the field for Wednesday evening's game against the Sting at Ricketts Park. And his kids didn't disappoint.
The Strike Zone bats put up 10 runs in the game's first four innings to earn a 10-0 win in the fifth inning via the run-rule, all in less than one hour and 45 minutes after the first pitch.
"The best thing about today is every time we scored runs we put up zeros the next inning and kept the momentum in our favor," Morrissey said.
Not only did the Strike Zone defense hold the Sting scoreless, they allowed just three baserunners during the game.
After retiring the side in the top of the first, Strike Zone scored two quick runs to jump out to an early lead.
The first run came on a standard sacrifice fly to left, giving Matthew Knickerbocker his sole RBI of the night.
The second run was more interesting, and it resulted from one of the many errors committed by the Sting defense. On the play, Strike Zone's Lance Lee singled to left, moving Austin Davis from second to third. The play should have ended there, but the Sting's left fielder, Easton Haskill, fired the ball over the cut-off man, expecting Davis to be heading home. The throw was off target and hopped to the backstop, allowing Davis to score.
Strike Zone got another two runs in the second as errors continued to plague the Sting to make it 4-0.
"Not making the routine plays is always going to kill you," Sting coach Jared Burleson said of the errors. "The game is set up for you to make the routine plays, and if you don't, the other team is going to capitalize, and that's exactly what happened."
After the game, Morrissey agreed, saying the biggest difference in the game was Strike Zone's ability to take advantage of the Sting's mistakes.
The third inning saw more of the same as Strike Zone added another five runs to its tally, two coming on a pair of passed balls with two outs.
Despite being down the entire game, the Sting's intensity never wavered.
"We didn't run up the number on hits and the number on the scoreboard, but we didn't punch out either," Burleson said of the team's effort. "And our pitching wasn't terrible. Any time you look up on the scoreboard and you see 10-0, you think pitching, but five or six errors and the score will run up on you."
Strike Zone will look to carry Wednesday's dominant win into the weekend when the team will play in the Ricketts Park Wood Bat Classic.
"It will give them some confidence going into (the tournament), but tomorrow we have a whole different battle going ahead," Morrissey said, pointing to Strike Zone's matchup with RC Foster. "We've had a couple good games this week at home after being on the road for a while, so hopefully that keeps us going into the weekend."