The 2014 Miner varsity baseball team watched their season come to a close last week, after they battled a tough Santa Fe Crimson Hawks squad but dropped a 5-1 decision in the opening round of district playoff action.
The Miners had defeated Santa Fe twice in the regular season, and things looked promising as Miner Ace Glavine Harpe took the mound after a 5-1 record with a 2.53 earned run average in his junior campaign.
After throwing two scoreless frames, the Miners in the bottom of the second would draw first blood.
With two outs in the second, Jacob Page snuck a bunt single down the third base line and then stole second, setting the stage for an RBI single by Trey Porter giving the Miners a 1-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Miners, the Hawks would answer with a four run third inning, thanks in large part to a bases-full double, taking a 4-1 lead.
Throughout the rest of the game the Miners would fight but couldn’t rally as they managed just three hits as the Hawks added one final run for the 5-1 final. For the game, Fort Meade had five hits, Santa Fe seven. The Hawks were the No. 3 seed, and the Miners a No. 2 seed. During the regular season, Fort Meade took games of 2-1 and 8-4 from Santa Fe in the regular season.
The tough loss ended a hard fought 12-13 season; the Crimson Hawks improved to 19-8. Though many seniors will depart, there is a new horizon for the Miners, who after a successful junior year found an ace in Harpe. On top of that several freshmen have grown valuable experience on a giant stage. This will only fuel the Miners this offseason as there are several positions to fill, but the talent is young and vast. Exciting years await for this group so once again the expectations will be high for Coach Spradlin and his young guns.