FISHER — The Fisher High School baseball team got off to a good start in its game against the Oakwood Comets, but just couldn’t finish in the end on Thursday. The Bunnies scored the game’s first two runs in the third inning with a two-run single by Tyler Martin. Fisher starting pitcher Cole Mcgrew pitched the first four innings, getting four strikeouts and not allowing a single run. Then the fifth inning happened, and the momentum changed for Fisher.

Comets strike back against Fisher

Oakwood loaded the bases with three singles. With two outs, Oakwood’s Koby Fletcher cleared the bases with a three-run single.

"Cole was doing good, but they were able to catch up to his speed," Fisher head coach Michael Callahan said. Callahan said he kept Mcgrew pitching into the fifth because of Bunnies’ small bullpen, though in hindsight that may have been a coaching mistake. The Comets were able to score three runs to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth "With our numbers being low, we kept our pitcher in to save our arms," Callahan said. "That’s probably an error on my part, letting him go out for another inning. They were able to finally catch up with us." In the top of the sixth inning, Oakwood had runners on first and second. Elijah Harden added an insurance run for the Comets by getting an RBI single to make the score 4-2. Fisher did score a run in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to one.

One last offensive opportunity for Fisher

The Bunnies had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh inning. Fisher’s offense had loaded the bases and there was only one out. Andrew Koslowski on a 1-1 count, hit a flyball to center field that was caught for the second out. The last hope for Fisher came down to the bat of Hunter Coon. On a full count pitch, Coon hit a the ball to Oakwood’s second baseman for a ground out. Fisher lost, 4-3.

Fisher coach optimistic for team’s future

Despite losing the game, Callahan was proud of how his team’s effort, especially the defense. "There were no errors," Callahan said. "The bats just weren’t waking up in the middle innings. The defense played sound. They just hit the ball at the right place, at the right time to get their runs in." Callahan was optimistic with McGrew’s performance considering he is only a freshman pitcher, starting for the first time in varsity. "It’s a lot as a freshman to get asked to step up and play in varsity," Callahan said. "Let alone start a game. We’ll be able to work with him. He pitched great for those four innings. Five strikeouts from a freshman is a pretty solid performance"

Upcoming game for Fisher Bunnies

Next up for the Bunnies will be a home game against the Armstrong Trojans. The game will be played today and will start at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Ben Theobald at btheobald@rantoulpress.com