|Five-run third seals Pilots’ win over Big Green|
|Friday, April 05, 2013 11:29 AM|
The Pilots, under the direction of head coach Chad Donsbach, used a 5-run third inning to best the Big Green 6-0 to capture their second win of the year.
In the first, junior Luke Schimmoeller drew a 2-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch; however, he was left stranded when sophomore cleanup hitter Brandon Boecker grounded back to the pitcher for the third out of the inning.
In the second inning, the Big Green again mounted a 2-out rally after sophomore Wesley Markward walked and moved to second on freshman Jarrod Fanning’s single to left field. However, the Pilots got freshman Trent Miller to pop out to shortstop, keeping the game scoreless after two innings of play.
The third inning was all the Pilots needed on the evening, plating five runs on five hits, a walk and an error by the Big Green. The Pilots got singles by Gage Odom, Joe Goonan, Mason Aelker, Brandon Peglow and Brayton Martin. Aekler had two runs batted in and Peglow and Martin one apiece.
The rally knocked out Big Green starting pitcher Schimmoeller and brought in fellow junior Alex Horstman to get the last out of the inning.
The Pilots’ last run of the game came in the fourth off of Horstman. After a leadoff single by Goonan, he was immediately erased off the base paths by a double play grounded out by junior Matt Engel. Junior Luke Lawson got a 2-out single and junior Zach Clark reached first after striking out but having the third strike elude the Big Green catcher for the third out of the inning. Senior Aelker took advantage of the error by singling home Lawson for his team’s sixth run of the game.
Big Green head coach Tony Castronova was impressed with Engel’s performance: “Yeah, he also pitched against us last year. He’s gotten a lot better - you can tell and held us scoreless and only gave up one hit. They’ve got a nice team that went deep in the tournament last year and will be a team to watch this year again.”
Castronova knew the 5-run third inning was the difference for his depleted team (six seniors were on their class trip to New York City): “We had our seniors gone on their trip but our younger kids played hard, but that third inning really hurt. They had that one inning (third) that they got some big hits, got on a roll and the next thing we knew it was 5-0.”
Schimmoeller picked up the loss for the Big Green as they used three pitchers on the evening with sophomore Boecker going the last three innings and not giving up a run on only two hits and a walk.
The Big Green (1-2) will start Putnam County League play next Tuesday when they host the Columbus Grove Bulldogs starting at 5 o’clock. The Pilots (2-1) will host the Lincolnview Lancers next Tuesday for a 5 o’clock start.