With Monday being Glasgow baseball team's first game of the 2018 season and dealing with a wind-chill temperature of around 36-degrees, the Yellowjacket players struggled inside the batter's box trying to connect on the trajectory of breaking pitches thrown at them by Westran hurler Brynden Moore.

The Hornets senior pitcher delivered an onslaught of curve balls that resulted in several whiffs of the bat, 11 strikeouts in all across the four innings he labored from the mound, with the aid of Ben Miller going 3-for-3 at the plate that included a double and a triple to go with his 5 RBIs at the plate, Moore and Miller guided the Hornets to a 15-1 home victory over Glasgow.

“This has been kind of weird. We knew this was Glasgow's first game of the season and they're a bit young, but when we first arrived to school this morning there was snow everywhere from the day before, it was cold and the temperature was not going to get much above 40-degrees and be windy,” said Westran head baseball coach Kyle Ginter. “But the dirt under the snow was brown, not muddy or wet and by early afternoon the snow was all gone and the field was ready for use. I give credit for our guys remaining focused and they came out, hit the ball fairly well and picked up a solid win.”

Moore garnered good command of his pitches as he did not issue a walk, and he ended up yielding two base hits and the only run scored by Glasgow was unearned from the first inning.

“My curveball was working very good. I was throwing it about 60-to-70 percent of the time and it was breaking over for strikes,” Moore said. “The 11 strikeouts I had is a career high for me, and my catcher Blake (Massey) did a good job blocking a lot of them that reached the dirt.”

Koby Coonce, a junior right hander, came in relief to pitch a scoreless fifth inning and recorded a strikeout and he walked one batter.

“Brynden is someone who will throw a lot of breaking pitches for strikes. He did a good job today,” added coach Ginter. “I thought our base running improved today, but we still have a ways to go. We have not been outside very much to practice and the few times that we have, base running has taken a back seat because those few times are being spent on fielding ground balls, fly balls and live hitting.”

Westran of Huntsville (4-0) pressured Glasgow senior starting pitcher Shay Himmelberg from the get go by loading the bases with its first three batters. Coonce led off with a single and both David Dale and Justus McCawley walked. With one out, Miller smacked a 2-run double to right center to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.

Five runs were tacked on in the second frame using run scoring singles by Dale, Miller and Mason Unteidt, and a RBI double by designated batter Jackson Truesdell.

A 6-run third was highlighted by Massey's 2-run single to left field and Miller's 2-run triple to left center. Westran also added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“The first two to three games I believe I struggled with my batting, but I made an adjustment to improve my timing and swinging. I've hit the ball pretty well now,” said Miller. “The big hits I had today were pitches that were a little outside and I was able to hit them to the opposite side of the field to drive in runs. I am happy to get those base hits and help get a team win.”

McCawley and Braden Bain also hit a single for the cause.

Himmelberg pitched two innings and took the loss for the Yellowjackets. He was tagged for seven runs (1 unearned), seven hits three walks and he struck out three batters.

Jackson Haskamp pitched the last two innings in relief and was charged with eight runs (5 unearned), three hits, six walks and he recorded a pair of strike outs.

Trae Thompson hit a single for Glasgow and Briar Bloss doubled.