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Vol State’s men’s baseball team win the first game of October

Last updated on October 12, 2021

By Ryan Hanna

Volunteer State Community College’s men’s baseball team played against a prospect team Saturday, Oct. 2. It won 7-2 over the Royals Mets scout team and got some notable performances all around. 

The team got its first runs on the board in the third inning, when second baseman Ethan Huddleston hit a three-run home run to put it up 3-0. “I got two fastballs that I should’ve swung at, but I didn’t see very well, so that last one he threw me a curveball I was just trying to put it in play, fight it off, do something with it and he hung it and I ended up hitting it pretty well,” Huddleston said of the at-bat leading up to the home run. 

Lefty starter Nathan Rhodes threw four innings, allowing just one run on one hit. Following him, Eli Clotfeltier threw a scoreless fifth inning, striking out two. In the sixth, Coach Jim McGuire sent out sidearmer Landon Tucker. Tucker also threw a scoreless inning, striking out three of four hitters he faced. 

“I think my best thing going was just filling up the zone and going at hitters,” Tucker said, “I feel like that’s the easiest way you get things done out there at this level.” 

Gavin Wolf then closed it out for Vol State, but not without some slight stress. He induced a popup to start the inning, then hit two of the next three batters and allowed a base hit to the other. After giving up a sac fly to the next hitter, though, Wolf recovered and finished it off. 

According to the team’s Twitter account, the next game will be at Trevecca Nazarene University  Saturday, Oct. 16. 

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