GALLATIN - The reigning District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA champion Station Camp Bison got off to a hot start in game one of the regular season Monday night at home, disposing of Montgomery Bell Academy 7-2.
Ryan Ginther earned the win for the Bison on the bump.
“The first game of the year, you are always super excited, so I would say the opening day start is up there as one of the best,” Ginther said of the day one nod.
Ginther, the defending Sumner County Player of the Year, was solid in his day one start, throwing 70 pitches over 4 1/3 innings, striking out eight Big Red batters and giving up just one hit.
“I think I am progressing well,” Ginther said of his junior season. “I have gained weight, strength, and added some confidence. I do not want to come off as cocky saying that, but it is how I feel.”
The Bison bats helped Ginther in a big way to start the game as Station Camp knocked in five runs on four hits in the home half of the first inning.
Following a single from Ginther to start the game, Hunter Lauztenheiser tripled to center field, scoring Ginther and Brian Ramos for the early 2-0 advantage.
Back-to-back singles for the Bison, followed by a Big Red error, pushed the SC lead to 4-0 before a fielder’s choice out gave Station Camp their final run of the inning.
“I think we are making the right strides in the right direction,” Station Camp head coach Korey Heppeard said. “We have many questions after graduating what we graduated last year, but having what we have on the mound, we do not need to be as powerful. We need to execute and be able to hit situationally. We scored five runs in the first inning, so it is hard to see if we can do that, but I thought we took the right approach at the plate today.”
Lauztenheiser scored his final run of the game in the second frame on a Garrett Liles fly out to shortstop, and Liles scored the team’s final run in the fifth inning on a Chase Burns double to right field.
Both Lauztenheiser and Liles scored two runs for the team while Ginther, Ramos, and Max Barnett scored one run.
Luke Sinnard came on in relief for Ginther in the fourth inning, throwing 1 2/3 giving up two hits, one run, and striking out four batters.
Junior Jalen Wirtz closed out the game with two strikeouts in the seventh.
“I feel good about our arms this year,” Heppeard said. “I am also happy with what I have behind the plate. The young guys are learning and listening.”
Station Camp is back in action at Clarksville on Friday and at home on Tuesday, March 17, against Wilson Central.