Spartans' bats come alive in doubleheader against Clover Park

Sumner prepares for stretch run of the 2014 baseball season

Staff writerApril 30, 2014 

Sumner Spartans junior Chris Uhler leads off from second base during a game earlier this season. The Spartans have an overall record of 13-1.

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The Sumner Spartans took care of business against the Clover Park Warriors in a double dip between South Puget Sound League 2A teams.

Sumner won the first game 9-0 and the second contest 20-1 on April 23 in Lakewood. The Spartans improved its overall record to 13-1 with the victories.

Sumner head coach Casey Adcox said he was thrilled his team was able to get the games in despite the inclement weather during the past few weeks.

“We were really happy to get these games in. We’ve had so many rainouts,” Adcox said.

Adcox said he was pleased to see his team win the games they are supposed to win. The one-game-at-a-time mantra has served his team well.

“Our guys just react and don’t think too much about what is ahead of them. We just play and focus as hard as we can on each game. We haven’t played all of the top teams lately but we’ve won some good nonleague games earlier this season,” he said.

The majority of the Spartans’ starting lineup has been on the varsity squad since their sophomore or freshman years.

“Most of these guys have been on varsity for the past three or four years. They’ve played in the state tournament before, which is big for us because they have that kind of experience,” Adcox said. “The older players are showing the younger players on the team the way.”

The Spartans two top starting pitchers will be well-rested heading into the final three weeks of the regular season and playoffs.

“We’re pretty deep this year. We have kept Logan Christensen’s and Christian Parsons’ innings down so far this season to the point where we will be able to throw them a lot in the home stretch,” Adcox said.

The Spartans goal is to win the SPSL 2A title and the Class 2A state championship.

“We have big goals and that fuels the entire team,” he said. “These guys want it all and want everything. We want to win a state championship. We know it is going to be a tough task, but we’re working as hard as we can to do it.”

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