Haitsma, Gavin lead the charge for Minutemen

Posted on April 23, 2009 by

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Brandon Sebastian- Sports Writer

Tyler Haitsma (left) pitches

Tyler Haitsma (left) pitches

Tuesday night on a windy, rain soaked opening day, the Concord Minutemen started the season off on a positive note by dismantling the Lakeland Lakers with a score of 7-0. The top of the fifth had just ended, and the rain began to fall even harder and that is when the umpires gathered and decided that the game was going to be called. Because they played the necessary four and half innings it will not need to be made up because it was called an official game.

Kyle Gavin (11) overpowered Lakeland as he drove in six of the team’s seven runs including a grand slam in the fourth inning that was just barely able to stay fair as it cleared the fence in left field. The other two RBIs came in the bottom of the first inning when Gavin came up with the bases loaded, nobody out and hit a two-run -single right up the middle.

Lakeland pitcher Austin Brown (11) seemed to settle down after that as he retired the next five in row until a Logan Draus (10) two out double in the second inning. But things came crumbling down in the fourth as he served up the grand slam to Gavin, all but putting the game out of reach.

CHS pitcher Tyler Haitsma (12) pitched marvelously as he surrendered only one hit through his five innings while striking out nine. Haitsma got off to a somewhat rough start as he hit a batter and gave up a bloop single into right but was able to get out of it with a strike out to end the inning. After the rough start, Haitsma was in complete control from there on out and was constantly keeping the Lakeland hitters off balance with a good mix of fastballs and off-speed pitches.

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