There is nothing more special or celebrated than Opening Day in a baseball season. The surefire sign that spring has arrived and the cold weather has left happens once baseball season gets underway.
Yesterday afternoon, the Elks opened the 2017 season at the newly renovated Booster Park when they hosted perennial power Elder. The Elks wasted little time in making a statement as they scored three times in the bottom of the first to put the visiting Panthers in a three-run hole right out of the gate. Morgan Colopy had a 2 RBI hit and Jake Whisman added the last RBI. Senior Pitcher Joey Hecht started and kept the Panthers behind all day. He left after five innings with the Elks clinging to a 3-2 lead. The team then turned the ball over to sophomore Nick Hoffmann to try to close the game. The young pitcher delivered two scoreless innings for the Elks who earned a huge, 3-2 win.
The JV and freshman teams both traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Panthers. Both teams struggled in their opener and lost by the scores of 16-6 (9th) and 9-5 (JV).
Now 1-0 on the year, the boys return to action on Tuesday night when they welcome another Cincinnati powerhouse to Booster Park in the St. Xavier Bombers. The JV team travels to Cincinnati and the freshman team hosts the Bombers at Schoolhouse Park. All three games get underway at 5:00 PM.