High school baseball was played in Coles County for the first time in about two years Tuesday afternoon at Marty Pattin Field.
It was Charleston’s first game since a 6-2 sectional semifinal loss to Chatham Glenwood on May 29, 2019. Last season was wiped away when the IHSA canceled the season following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Charleston exploded for seven runs in the first inning, three pitchers combined to allow two hits and the Trojans routed Urbana 10-0 in their season opener Tuesday – not much different than an 11-2 victory over the Tigers 384 days ago
“Honestly, it somewhat felt like the first game I ever coached,” said Charleston coach Derrick Landrus, entering his 17th season. “I was so excited to play a game and see our players have the opportunity to finally get an opportunity to show their skills and reap the rewards of working really hard the last couple months. I was pleased with how everyone played especially our pitchers who didn’t allow a walk in five very strong innings.”
Charleston relied on three walks, a hit batter, an error and four hits to score in the first inning. Kendall Pankey singled to center for the first run. Aiden Archibald and Cade Landrus later rapped successive doubles to pad the lead to 5-0. An error allowed the final two runs to score in the first inning.
After that, Urbana never challenged.
Charleston starter Dane Herrington allowed one hit across the first three innings, striking out three. He did not issue a walk. Kyler Sweeney pitched a hitless fourth while Jaksen Braun yielded one hit and struck out three the following inning to preserve the win in a game halted after five innings because of the run rule.
The Trojans stole 10 bases, including four in the first inning.
Archibald went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and scored twice while William Applegate collected two hits. Peyton Daugherty and Caydin Reed each scored two runs.