Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team kicked off its 2012 season against the Roy Royals on March 6th. The Trojans donned an all-senior outfield (Landon Carter-LF, Colby Skinner-CF and Josh Duncan-RFf), mostly-junior infield (Braden Brown-1B, Cameron Jarrett-2B, Lantzen Toomer-SS and Cameron Skinner-3B) and battery comprised of senior hurler, Braden Daniel and sophomore catcher, Kade Carrigan). Tanner Hale (junior) was slotted as the DH.
Last season, the Trojans were shut out by the Royals, 1-0. This year, however, the game took a different direction, as the Trojans plated three runs in the top of the first inning. Skinner reached on an error, then Toomer and Jarrett walked with one out. Skinner and Toomer scored on wild pitches, and Jarrett advanced home on a wild pick throw from the Royals catcher. The Royals notched a run in both the second and fourth innings to narrow the Trojans’ lead to 3-2.
Daniel scattered five hits and collected five strikeouts, giving up just two runs (one earned) over four innings. The Trojans’ ace survived a scare when he was knocked down by a line drive off the bat of the Royals 4-hole hitter in the third inning. The ball hit Daniel in the back of the leg, and after five minutes, he was able to stand up and resume pitching. The Trojans benefited from excellent defense, with Carter and Skinner making difficult catches in the wind and snow and Carrigan routinely blocking balls and throwing out a runner at third.
Jarrett, a junior transfer, collected both of the Trojan hits, including the final blow--a two-run single to left field in the fifth to provide Morgan a 6-2 cushion. At that point, the snow was falling hard and the umpires called the game. The Trojans avenged last year’s heartbreaking defeat in decisive fashion by rocking the Royals’ world.