In baseball, the typical team celebration after a player hits a home run is to have every player come out of the dugout to congratulate the home run hitter. After Friday's game against Troy-Buchanan, the Kewpies had plenty of chances to practice.
The Kewpies tallied five home runs in all, defeating Troy-Buchanan 14-3 on senior night at Hickman. The game was called after the fifth inning, when Hickman (9-10) scored three runs on a single by freshman Colby Fitch. The single pushed the Kewpies lead to 11 in the fifth inning, and the 10-run mercy rule forced the game to be called early.
Fitch was phenomenal with the bat in his hands. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, with two home runs and nine RBIs. But Fitch's performance was no accident.
"Yesterday after practice I didn't hit very well," Fitch said. I stayed after practice for an hour and half, hitting balls off the tee. That first home run, the tee really contributed."
Fitch's first home run went went sailing over the left field wall, prompting the Kewpies' PA announcer dub it "a smashing hit."
The Kewpies saw several balls sail over the wall. In the second inning, senior Grant Harper hit a two run shot over the left field wall. In the fourth, Tyler Wall went long to right field, driving in two runs. In the fourth inning, it was senior Jake Nichols turn. The Kewpie center fielder blasted a two-run home run over right field to put Hickman up 9-3.
"Keep em' coming," yelled one fan in attendance.
The long balls were somewhat of a surprise to coach Dan Devine, who hopes the Kewpies don't get any ideas about swinging for the fences.
"Well, first thing I told the guys in our meeting, was that we are not a home run hitting team," Devine said. "And I didn't want them to get into that mode."
The Kewpies were certainly in an offensive mode, notching 12 hits in five innings.
"For the most part, I thought we took good swings today," Devine said. "And we hit the ball hard."
The Kewpies were all smiles after the game, the scoreboard illuminating their reason for joy.
"It was a feeling we haven't felt very many times this season," Fitch said. "We just got on a roll, kept hitting."
With the all the home runs, Fitch and his teammates were constantly scrambling out of the dugout to meet teammates with cheers.
"That was so much fun," Fitch said. "We were glad, happy every time we hit one out."