The Central High School baseball team certainly has more to do to become the kind of team it wants to be.
But it’s hard to argue with a 14-run five-inning victory your first time on the field.
The Red Raiders scored 11 runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-0 victory in a Trent Van Egtern one-hitter against Sparta at Copeland Field on Monday.
“He really got it going as the game went on,” Central coach Nick Kalina said of Van Egtern, who did walk six batters. “(The walks) came early, and then he settled himself in and got in the rhythm.”
The Red Raiders (1-0, 1-0 MVC) sent a message early, scoring 11 runs in the opening inning.
Ben Thornton was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Van Egtern went 2-for-2 with a double.
Central had 12 hits in the game and chased starter Zach Hermann in the first inning.
“Being that first game, it was nice to see offensively a lot of hits, and the ability to string something together,” Kalina said.