OKEECHOBEE- The Okeechobee High School Brahman varsity baseball team held the Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds to only one run in a 3-1 victory on March 12. The win brings Okeechobee’s record to 3-3 this season.
Throughout these first six games the Brahmans have started to build their identity, and their strength appears to be their defense. In all three of Okeechobee’s wins this year they’ve only scored a grand total of seven runs. But defensively they’ve shutout Port St. Lucie and limited South Fork and Lincoln Park Academy to only three runs combined.
Jacob Hardy struck out 10 batters in five innings pitched, allowing only four hits. Mason Diefenbach pitched two innings in relief to close out the game and secure the win for the Brahmans.
Offensively, Okeechobee did what they needed to. Diefenbach brought in the Brahman’s first run in the top of the second when he grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring in Kase Myers from third base for an RBI. Myers would have an RBI of his own in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Blane Boyer.
The Greyhounds were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third. After getting runners on first and second with a walk and a single Lincoln Park’s Kyle Gomez singled on a ground ball that reached left field and scored one run. But that’s all the Greyhounds were able to muster. Hardy struck out the next Lincoln Park batter looking and the Greyhounds stranded two base runners.
Hardy added an extra insurance run for the Brahmans in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Ty Easterday.
The Brahmans are on the road again next to take on Lake Placid on March 18. After that they’ll be back home to host the 6-2 Centennial Eagles on March 24.