Firth opens district play with shutout win over West Jefferson
FIRTH — After losing their fist game of the season Tuesday night at Sugar-Salem, the Firth baseball team took to the field again Wednesday to open up Nuclear Conference play.
Their opponent; a West Jefferson team that suited up just nine players and showed up to Firth High School less than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch time of 4 p.m.
The Cougars showed their visitors not sympathy as the earned a 10-0 six inning win that featured a lot of fireworks including a verbal dispute between Firth head coach Scott Adams and the West Jefferson coaching staff.
With the Cougars leading 8-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning and with the bases loaded and no outs Mason Cook laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in Brodie Cate and give the Cougars a 9-0 lead.
As Cate crossed the plate the Panthers played began to walk off the field as they believed that the game was over. But as most of the players got to the third base line Adams and the West Jefferson coaches began to exchange words.
West Jefferson had an issue with the bunt the Cougars laid down, but Adams disagreed.
The umpires separated the two coaches and the game went on.
Dalton Cate ended the game six pitches later with a sacrifice fly to left field.
While the fireworks between the coaches dominated the games final inning, the real story was the Firth offense and the pitching performance of Adam Smith.
The senior had a perfect game going for three innings and allowed just two hits in his complete game effort.
The Cougars offense gave him all the runs he needed in the bottom half of the first inning.
After a walk and a stolen base by Mason Cook with two outs, Kaden Miles walked and stole second and when the throw ended up in center field, cook scored.
Cate drilled a double four pitches later driving home Miles.
The Cougars added another run in the second when Sayer Leslie scored on a wild pitch.
Three West Jefferson errors allow three Firth runs to score in the third inning as Firth was able to get four hits with an RBI single by Cate being the big blow.
After a single run in the fourth the Cougars closed out the game in the sixth with two RBI singles and Cate's sacrifice fly that ended the game.
Miles and Cate each went 2-for-3 at the plate with Cate driving in three runs.
Firth (10-1) host Filer for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Firth 10, West Jefferson 0, 6 inn
West Jefferson 000 000 — 0 2 6
Firth 213 003 — 10 10 1
West Jefferson — Noriega and Panchae. Firth — Adam Smith and Connor Montgomery. 2B — Dalton Cate (F).