The Friday night match between the Anderson Trojans and AISD rivals Akins Eagles had a community turn with Teacher Appreciation Night, special music and a young guest.
Each senior entered the field of play with a favorite teacher, who was introduced and then participated in a first pitch ceremony with their student. It was a 15-pitch salute to the great teachers at Anderson High School.
The opening pitches were followed by a special national anthem performed by Sam Johnson on the trombone.
And, that’s not all! Hayes Atkins of Doss Elementary filled the duties as bat boy for the Trojans giving good luck high-fives to the batters on this Friday the 13th.
In the game, the Akins Eagles struck first in the top of the third with a double and some well placed bunts. In the bottom of the third inning, Trojans tied things up with 2-out rally line drive by Andre Jackson and a timely single by Drew Blankenship on a 1-0 count, scoring Andre.
The game was still tied at one with Trojans batting in the bottom of the fifth when Gabe Rumrich singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Rumrich’s offense opened the flood gates with the Trojans securing five runs in the fifth inning. Trojans offense in that inning was led by Rumrich, Jake Rugeley, and Carter Raney, all sending runners across the plate.
Ben Caven was the winning pitcher for Trojans. He surrendered one run on one hit over six innings, striking out one.
Connor Archer toed the rubber for Akins Eagles Varsity. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and six runs while striking out five. Jason Castilla threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Hits were spreadout throughout the batting order with Raney, Kyle Brown, Caven, Andre Jackson, Blankenship, Rugeley, and Rumrich each managing one hit.
Ryan Camacho led Akins Eagles Varsity with one hit in one at bats.
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