The state-tournament-bound Upper Cape Tech baseball team continued its winning ways Monday with a convincing 17-4 victory over visiting Norfolk Aggie. The Rams pounded Norfolk pitching, knocking out 15 hits with almost half of them coming in the eight-run, seven-hit first inning.
Norfolk sent four different pitchers to the mound over the course of six innings and was unable to slow the UCT bats. Senior center-fielder Jordan Frazier led the Rams, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with a walk. He reached base in each of his six plate appearances, scored two runs, picked up two RBI and stole a base.
“I was seeing the ball well,” Frazier said. “That first hit was on a breaking ball and after that it was all fastballs.”
“We track quality at bats,” Coach Gabe Coutinho said, “and Jordan is in the top three. He’s hitting around .320 and is doing a great job in the field.”
Drew Forest got the start and the win for the Rams and held Norfolk hitless until the top of the fourth. With one out, Forest surrendered three successive singles. A fielding and throwing error accounted for three of the Norfolk runs but by the fourth, UCT had things pretty much under control.
Base hits by Jordan Frazier and younger brother Randy Frazier and a walk to Ryan Steek loaded the bases in the first inning for Nick Strawn who delivered with an RBI single. A ground out by Nick Rowe scored another run, followed by a base hit from Jeff Rogers that plated another two UCT runs. Bryce Lovering delivered an RBI single and Josh Kelley singled, scoring Rogers. Jordan Frazier’s second hit of the first inning drove in two more runs for the Rams.
Forest retired the side in order in the top of the second, helped along by some solid fielding at third base by Steek.
In the bottom of the second, the Rams scored six more times. Randy Frazier led off the inning with a triple into the left center-field gap. Strawn followed with a double, allowing Frazier to trot home. The Rams continued to pound the ball as Rowe stepped to the plate and tripled to straightaway center field, scoring Strawn. Rowe then scored on a wild pitch as UCT pulled out to an 11-0 lead with no outs in the bottom of the second.
James Peterson was hit by a pitch and then took second on a wild pitch. Rogers reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, allowing Peterson to take third. Lovering then drove in Peterson, Jordan Frazier scored Rogers on a fielder’s choice and Steek grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Lovering.
Leading 14-4 in the bottom of the fourth, UCT pushed another run across when Jordan Frazier singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Steek.
Two more runs in the bottom of the sixth ended the scoring for the Rams. Tim Finton led off with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on another wild pitch. Kelley walked and a third wild pitch scored Finton, advancing Kelley to third. Kelley then scored on a ground out by Steek.
Randy Frazier, Strawn, Rowe and Lovering each finished the day with two hits.
Rogers came on in relief in the top of the fifth, pitching two innings and allowing no runs on one hit. Strawn pitched the top of the seventh, walking two and striking out two without surrendering a hit.