Carson City-Crystal baseball finishes with winning record

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:08 am on Monday, July 07, 2014

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

CARSON CITY — Once the season got started for Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team things started going better.

The Eagles started out going to Indiana for three games, facing schools that were bigger in attendance than the Eagles. CC-Crystal went 1-2 in those games.

Then the long wait for weather.

In the end, the Eagles finished 15-14-2 overall.

“I thought it went well,” said CC-Crystal coach Wes Cummings. “I think we improved as the year went on. We played some tough competition early and late. We started out with three games in Indiana against some really big schools. We had a lot of games that got rained out early.”

Cummings wasn’t blaming the weather for any problems winning.

“They (weather issues) have the same effect on everybody,” he said. “I don’t think it hurt us any more than anybody else. You like to get ready to play those early games but it wasn’t that kind of year.”

But there was one problem the Eagles had that did affect their win total.

“We didn’t hit very well all year,” he said. “Our pitching was very good all year, our defense was very good. We ran the bases well, we just didn’t hit.”

Carson City-Crystal’s Jordan Evans collects a grounder during a game against Montabella.

Cummings mentioned how Jeremy Schneider was one of the players on his team that was unsung in his play this year.

“We had Jeremy Schneider who played a real solid left field for us,” he said. “He hit very well, but he came on as one of our top pitchers late in the season. He proved he’s going to be a very good pitcher.”

But he wasn’t the only good player, according to Cummings — and others.

“We had some good players that deserved mention for sure,” he said. “We were complimented all year on our shortstop Dallas O’Green. We heard all season long he was a good player. We out-stole our opponents 3-1. We picked off a lot of runners, but Michael McCrackin did a good job (as catcher) all year. Spencer Harwood was really improved over last year. He was solid at first base and defensively made us a lot better for sure.”

Next year, Cummings sees his team having good pitchers.

“I think our pitching staff will be better and that’s a major part of our success,” he said. “Overall defense, I think will be different, but I think we’ll be pretty good. I think we’ll be solid defensively and we’ll have to see who will hit next year and that will be a question. We’ll have four good pitchers next year.”

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