The 2017 baseball season for the Bombers is underway.
“New” is the word to describe the Bomber baseball program — new stadium upgrades to Riggins Field, new concrete skirt around the backstop, new bleacher seating and the Bombers are under new management.
Coach Kenny Edwards took over the head spot after the departure of head coach Charlie Stone.
Edwards inherits a young team with a small corps of seniors Cody Middick, Seth Davis, Alex Ward and Ryan Ard.
Frederick is relying on juniors to help the pitching department with Dylan Sheffield and Travis Ibarra, who are two of the most experienced in the Bombers’ bullpen.
The Bombers opened the season March 2 against the 15th ranked Navajo Indians.
Freshman Josh Lewis played in his first high school game got the start for the Bombers.
Lewis pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed two runs to come across the plate, one of them earned.
Sheffield came in on relief for the Bombers only to walk into a Navajo team looking to explode. The Indians added seven runs to the total score as their hits started to find the open spaces of the Bomber defense.
The Bombers struggled at the plate all night and only had a few baserunners the entire game.
Frederick’s solo run came from sophomore Diego Reyes as he pulled a hard-thrown pitch over the fence in right field, for his first hit and first home run of his high school career.
The Bombers travelled to Olustee on Saturday and played two games — one varsity and one junior varsity.
Ibarra got the call from Edwards to start his first game this season and pitched a complete game for the Bombers, with a 2-0 loss.
Offense struggled against an experienced and versatile Eagles pitcher.
The 18-mph wind in the outfield caused trouble for the Bombers.
Even though the Bombers didn’t get the win, it was close against a well-coached team.
The junior varsity game was a 7-5 win for the Bombers.
Edwards used the junior varsity game to help him search for some help on the mound during the season. Sophomores Joey Lopez and Reyes pitched the first two innings, each.
Junior Amado Clemente came in and pitched the third inning.
Sophomore Kade Hicks came in and closed the door, pitching the last two innings of the game, on a windy March Saturday.
The Bombers are scheduled to host to the Snyder Cyclones. Junior varsity is set to play at 4 p.m. Thursday and varsity is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Bombers’ varsity team also is set to host the Hollis Tigers at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Reach Fabian Reyes at 580-770-1045.