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For brothers’ Issac and Lucas Alger, the Grant County versus Williamstown rivalry reached a new level, with Issac playing for the Demons and Lucas playing for the Braves.
The Braves defeated the Demons 11-1 in six innings, March 20 at Grant County High School.
Issac was the starting pitcher for Williamstown and faced Lucas for the first time ever.
“It was a lot different,” Issac said. “I was so used to playing with him, to see him a different uniform caught me off guard. I knew it was going to come, I just wasn’t ready for it.”
The thought of playing against each other wasn’t as important as it was trying to beat the other team, according to Lucas.
“It was a little different,” Lucas said. “It was a great experience to play against some of my friends. I would even talk to them when I was on the base paths.”
Lucas transferred to Grant County High School in January, 2011, in order to play high school football. However, he was unable to play last season for baseball, due to a back injury.
Issac said he has never had to play Grant County for the first game of the season before, so his pitching wasn’t where he wanted it to be.
“Maybe I was too pumped up for the game,” Issac said.
Seeing his dad, Marty, wear a Grant County hat, with a Williamstown shirt, Issac said it motivated to beat Grant County.
“Williamstown hasn’t beaten Grant County since I was in the eighth grade,” Issac said. “I just wanted to get out there and prove Lucas wrong for heading over there, but it wasn’t our day.”
Even though the Demons lost, Issac wants to see Lucas succeed at Grant County.
“Obviously, I want to win, but I also don’t want to take anything away from Lucas,” Issac said. “I would have liked to take those runs back that he scored, but if it means he is being successful, more power to him.”
Lucas said after the game they talked about their performances and that it was a good game.
Baseball has been a major part in both brothers’ lives.
“Ever since I was playing T-ball, I joined some travel teams, that lead all the way up to high school,” Issac said. “Baseball isn’t just a spring thing, it is a year-round thing to our family. We are all passionate about the sport and we all love it.”
Playing in front of their parents, Marty and Heather Alger, gave Issac a boost of energy.
“I love playing in front of my parents,” Issac said. “ My mom is my biggest fan.”
On April 21, the Braves will head to Williamstown. Issac said he is looking forward to a rematch.
“I am looking forward to this one more, because I am more comfortable with our field,” Issac said. “I know the mound a lot better and I will be at ease. I won’t have to do anything unexpected, which I think will favor Williamstown.”
Issac will be graduating from Williamstown at the end of the baseball season and will be attending the University of Louisville this fall, to pursue a degree in engineering. With choosing UofL, playing collegiate baseball will be out of his equation.
“I realize that baseball means a lot to me, but there are more things to life,” Issac said. “It’s going to be tough, but I don’t think it will hit me until next spring comes around and I will be sitting in the stands cheering for Williamstown, instead of stepping on the mound in uniform.”
Williamstown Grant County
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Alger p/cf 2 0 0 0 Dills 2b 3 2 2 1
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Stanley pr 0 0 0 0 Shipp 3b 3 1 0 0
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Rahschulte 3b 3 0 0 0 Robins cf 2 2 0 0
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