FREDERICK - After what happened against conference rival Frederick on Thursday, the Skyline baseball team was in desperate need of a win in the second game of the series on Saturday.
In the first game, the Falcons (4-5, 2-2 Tri-Valley) led 10-2 at home going into the top of the seventh inning but the Warriors (2-6, 1-5 Tri-Valley) scored nine runs in the frame to win by one. It was a tough loss for a Falcons group that believes more in its potential than it has in recent seasons.
Maintaining that belief played a major role in the Falcons rebounding quickly to beat the Warriors 7-2 at Frederick High School on Saturday and earn the season split.
"We were pretty upset after the loss on Thursday," Falcons senior Jonah Chrisman said. "We knew we had to come out and get it done today. But we had a pretty fun, enjoyable practice yesterday that helped us lose sight of what happened on Thursday, so that helped out. Our team has a ton of potential. We just need to get to that point. I feel like we've already hit our low and now we're starting to go up to where we need to be."
Starting Saturday's game on the mound, Chrisman allowed two unearned runs that tied the game in the bottom of the first inning. After the first, he held the Warriors scoreless and finished with eight strikeouts while giving up just four hits and a pair of walks in the game.
"At first, I didn't really have it in the first inning," Chrisman said. "But after that, I was able to find myself and start getting outs."
Leading off the fourth inning, Warriors starter Avery Elkins hit Falcons senior Theo Francke, who promptly stole second and third and scored on an error. The Falcons went on to score three runs in the frame, one more in the fifth and another in the seventh.
"We're still leaving way too many guys on base but we did what we needed to do today," Falcons head coach Travis Schlagel said. "We need to find ways to get those guys in. But today was really about having a short memory after Thursday and understanding that that was a fluke for us. We have to be able to let stuff like that go."
The Falcons left 11 runners on base on Thursday and seven on Saturday.
Elkins, Bryce Shirley, Zak Thacker and Jake Frenzel, who tripled in the fifth, combined for Frederick's four hits. Shirley and Elkins scored the Warriors' two runs.
The Falcons will host Erie (1-7, 1-3 Tri-Valley) on Tuesday. The Warriors will play a non-conference game at Centaurus (2-9, 0-7 Northern League) on Monday.
Skyline 7, Frederick 2
At Frederick H.S.
Skyline (4-5, 2-2) 100 310 1 — 7 8 3
Frederick (2-6, 1-5) 200 000 0 — 2 4 2
W — Chrisman. L — Elkins.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Zietlow 2-2-2-1, Canar 4-1-2-0, Higgins 3-0-0-1, Riddoch 4-0-0-1, Hamby 1-2-1-1, Blick 4-0-1-0, Elwood 3-0-0-0, Chaparro 1-0-0-1, Francke 2-1-1-0, Schernecke 3-1-1-0, Chrisman 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-7-8-5. 2B — Schernecke, Canar. SB — Francke 3, Zietlow.
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hazelth 3-0-0-0, Hoffman 2-0-0-0, Shirley 3-1-1-0, Elkins 3-1-1-1, Wyatt 3-0-0-0, Powers 2-0-0-0, Thacker 1-0-1-0, Bocca 2-0-0-0, Cumley 3-0-0-0, Frenzel 3-0-1-0, Ladig 0-0-0-0, Green 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-4-1. 3B — Frenzel. SB — Thacker.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Chrisman 7-4-2-0-2-8.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Elkins 6-8-6-5-2-2, Bocca 1-0-1-1-1-0.