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Carlinville Beats Lincolnwood

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:25:35 CDT

About sixteen hours after falling to the Greenville Comets, the Carlinville Cavaliers bounced back with a statement win over the Lincolnwood Lancers on Saturday afternoon. The Cavies left Raymond 12-3 winners after leading six of the seven innings played.

Joeb Easterday was the starting pitcher for Carlinville and left with a 1-0 lead after pitching two innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Carlinville added a run in the third and two in the fourth while Jeffrey Hart came on as the first reliever out of the bullpen for the Cavies. Hart pitched three innings and allowed three runs on two hits while walking five. Brayton Gibbs closed things out for Carlinville pitching the final two innings and allowing no hits with a strikeout and two walks.

Freshman Josh Bormida got the start for Lincolnwood Saturday, allowing four runs on only two hits over four innings pitched. Bormida did, however, struggle to throw strikes as he walked nine batters and only struck out two. Nick Brockmeyer and Ryan Bruntjen relieved Bormida for the Lancers and the two combined to allow eight runs on eight hits in two innings pitched with three strikeouts and one hit batsman.

Carlinville scored the first run of the game in the second inning without recording a hit, thanks to three walks and a passed ball. The Cavies scored again in the third inning with a single, catcher’s interference, and two walks. The Lancer’s were fortunate to only trail by two runs after three innings as Carlinville had the bases loaded with nobody out with Ben Rogers at the plate. Rogers hit a fly ball to right-center and Lancer centerfielder Jake Pope made the catch and managed to fire a strike home to throw out Bryce Despain trying to score from third. Bormida finished off the Cavies in the inning by getting Brayton Gibbs to ground out to first.

The Carlinville offense continued to heat up in the top of the fourth inning. Jake Hannig got his first of three hits on the day with a leadoff single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Bormida then walked Adam Rosentreter, struck out Jake Carter, and walked Eric Pingolt to put runners on first and second with one out. With Bryce Despain at the plate, the two Cavies aboard stole second and third respectively. Both came around to score when Reese Snyder’s throw sailed into left field. After walking Despain, Bormida got Jeffrey Hart to pop out to Snyder to finish his day on the mound. At this point in the game, it looked like Carlinville was going to cruise to an easy victory.

Nick Brockmeyer pitched a perfect fifth inning for the Lancers, which seemed to put some life into the Lincolnwood dugout. Jeffrey Hart walked the first Lancer in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Jake Pope used a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. After a Trevor Wagner walk, Brockmeyer came up with runners on first and second and only one out. Brockmeyer hit a fly ball to deep left field that fell out of the glove of Brayton Gibbs upon making contact with the fence. One run had scored and the Lancers had runners on second and third with Reese Snyder at the plate. Snyder promptly drove a ball to right center field for a two-RBI double to bring Lincolnwood within one run. After a couple of walks to Bruntjen and Bormida, Hart retired Derek Seelbach with a lazy fly ball to third.

The Lancer crowd had just gotten back into the game when the Cavies took the air out of the ballpark with a five-run rally in the top of the sixth. Jake Hannig led off the inning with a single. Then after striking out Rosentreter, Brockmeyer hit carter with a pitch and then allowed back-to-back singles by Pingolt and Despain. The wheels came off completely when Jeffrey Hart drove a single into centerfield and Jake Pope misplayed the ball, allowing the bases to clear. After Rogers singled home Hart, new Lancer pitcher Ryan Bruntjen struck out Brayton Gibbs to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately for Lincolnwood, the Lancer bats were unable to answer.

Brayton Gibbs pitched a perfect sixth and sent the game into the seventh. The failure to execute on the part of the Lancer defense combined with the Cavies continued offensive outburst allowed Carlinville to score three more runs in the top of the final frame. Jake Hanning hit a lead-off single, and then Trevor Wagner made a throwing error that allowed Adam Rosentreter to reach. With runners on first and second, Jake Carter singled to left field and advanced to second when Lancer leftfielder Derek Seelbach booted the ball. Next, Eric Pingolt singled to put runners at first and third. Before the next pitch was thrown, Pingolt attempted to steal second. Bruntjen alertly threw the ball to second base and the Lancers had the Cavalier shortstop in a rundown. Unfortunately for Lincolnwood, Pingolt stayed in the rundown long enough for Carter to score. Bruntjen retired the final two Cavies and the Lancers were down to their final three outs.

Facing a nine-run deficit, Lincolnwood put a couple of two-out baserunners on, but were unable to score again.

The win put the Carlinville record at 6-4 while Lincolnwood fell to 3-5. Thank you for reading!

-David Jenkins


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