William Chrisman baseball coach Tom Campa was not in the mood to talk to his team after its game against Raytown.
“Come on, get everything and let’s get on the bus,” Campa said after he and his team shook hands with the Blue Jays during a 13-2 loss in five innings Monday at Robinson School.
It was a nightmare of a game for the Bears (8-9, 1-5 Suburban Middle Seven) which included poor play and controversial calls.
“We didn’t come prepared to play and we got our butts kicked,” Campa said. “That’s basically what it was. When you show up to a game, you have to mentally prepare yourself as soon as you get off the bus. Right now, we’re just a roller coaster. We are up and down and we have to figure out a way to play consistent.”
Chrisman threw a total of eight wild pitches, allowed five stolen bases and didn’t get anything going offensively until it was too late.
Raytown ace Anthony Moore, who got the win, stymied the Bears’ offense, pitching four shutout innings and allowing just two hits and striking out seven.
“Anthony has been throwing well all year,” Raytown coach Blaine Lewis said. “Some days he pitches to contact, but today he was trying to strike out guys once he got loose.”
When Moore was on the hill, Chrisman had a couple of opportunities to make something happen. Trey Stout reached first base on a fielder’s choice to bring up Tyler Callahan in the second inning. The right fielder hit a groundball to shortstop Jake Smirl, whose toss to second baseman Grant Johnston appeared to pull him off the bag by a good 3-5 feet. The umpire called Stout out anyway even though he slid into second with Johnston clearly off the bag.
After Campa argued the call, the umpire, who was working solo because the second one was late because of traffic, called Stout safe. Lewis then argued that the umpire can’t change the original call because of what Campa said. So he reversed the call again and Stout was called out, which quashed a Chrisman opportunity.
“It’s really frustrating when you only have one umpire,” Campa said. “We agreed to start with one umpire because the other one was late. (The umpire) had a lot on his plate and it didn’t work out in anyone’s favor. It’s an embarrassment to the game when it doesn’t go in either team’s direction.”
If that wasn’t confounding enough for Campa, Grady Ogle had an obstacle in his way while trying throw out a runner at home at third. With Raytown already ahead 7-0 and runners on second and first, Montel Jones hit a sharp grounder to third. Tyler Woodward stepped on third for an out and his throw to first was way over Ogle’s head. Deandre Parker came around third and was headed for home. After Ogle picked up the ball by the fence near the Blue Jays’ dugout, he had to throw the ball over a pair of Raytown coaches who were sitting on buckets and were positioned right in front of him. The throw missed catcher Jacob Ferrell and Parker scored.
“I’ve never done it before,” Ogle said of having to throw a baseball over opposing coaches. “He was in my way and I could’ve threw it at him but I am a good person and didn’t want to do that. I think so (that it should have been called interference). They said before the game we can’t go in the white box and they were in the white box.”
Just to put more of a damper on game in which nothing seemed to go right for Chrisman, in the top of the fifth, Bears center fielder Eli Henderson crushed a pitch off reliever Dustin Johnson, apparently over the left field fence. All of his teammates came out of the dugout to greet the senior for what they thought was a two-run home run. The umpires ruled the ball bounced in front of the fence and over the wall and called it a ground-rule double. The umpires sent a visibly frustrated Henderson back to second base and allowed Woodward to score from second base as the Bears cut it to 13-2.
“That was absolutely a home run. Henderson got hosed,” Lewis said bluntly.
Meanwhile, the Raytown offense scored three runs in the first, second and third innings and batted around in the fourth frame for four runs, an inning in which the Jays only had one hit.
Joe Benkovich led the Blue Jays, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Josh Jarvis got the loss for the Bears, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits. Henderson led the offense, finished 2-for-3 with the one RBI.