Steinhour makes big play for JV baseball

Published 11:37 am Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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Colin Harrison struck out six in three innings, Logan Allen got two hits and catcher Tanner Steinour made the defensive play of the game as Davie’s JV baseball team opened the season with a 6-2 home win over Alexander Central on Feb. 27.

The game was stopped after four and a half innings via the time limit.

It was 1-1 before Davie batted in the third. After an error, Allen singled. That was followed by a walk and then a grounder that plated Hayden Potts. After the second walk of the inning, Steinour provided an RBI single that gave Davie a 3-1 lead.

Davie pushed the lead to 6-1 in the fourth.

In the fifth, the Cougars had one run in and had runners at second and third with one out. Things could have gone sideways if it weren’t for an excellent play by Steinour. Central grounded to Allen at third. His throw home was low but Steinour scooped it and tagged the runner. Reliever Mason Boger struck out the next man to preserve the 6-2 lead.

“(Allen) threw it home and he spiked it,” varsity coach Joey Anderson said. “Ninety percent of catchers are going to try to scoop it with their love. Tanner dropped down like he was blocking a pitch. It went off his chest and he picked it up with his bare hand. And most catchers are going to try to scoop it with their glove. If he lets that ball get by, that’s two runs at our place. He’s a gritty ballplayer.”

Harrison threw three hitless innings in his high school debut, offsetting five walks with the six Ks. Boger got the last six outs.

Offensively, Allen went 2 for 2 with a walk. Davie got one hit from Potts (1-3, two runs), Steinour (1-2), Josh Fisher (1-2, double) and Bubby Byington (1-2, double).

“Hayden swung the bat real well,” Anderson said. “Bubby swung the bat real well. He had some key defensive plays, too, in left field where he went into foul territory and made plays.”

Coach Brandon Thalasinos’ roster includes nine sophomores and 14 freshmen. The sophomores are Jacob Morgan, Ayden Sanders, Byington, Allen, Joshua Whitaker, Ricky Plowman, Ryan Williams, Nate Barr and Jacob Patton. The freshmen are Ian Patton, Potts, Alex Bowles, Harrison, Luke Foster, Blake French, Dashel Desnoyers, Ty Greene, Steinour, Nick Cannon, Fisher, Boger, Ty Sain and Landon Welch.