Millersport softball coach Tom Laird had a bit of anguish in his voice when speaking of the Lakers’ 8-6 loss Monday to Liberty Union.
The Lakers carried a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning, but a five-run rally by the Lions was enough to pull out the win. The Lions have now won 48 games in a row in the Mid-State League-Cardinal Division and have one league loss in the past five seasons.
Two errors in the seventh inning sparked the Lions’ rally, as the Lakers committed four errors on the night. But Laird said he was proud of his team for nearly upsetting the perennial league champions and hopes his team can start to play with more confidence because of the close call.
Newton gets redemption
Baseball pundits (and I might be one of them) have a saying that “The baseball always finds you.” That means, a player who makes a mistake or an error usually has a chance to redeem himself later in the game.
Jake Newton entered Bloom-Carroll’s 9-4 win against Canal Winchester on Monday in the seventh inning with one out and the tying run on second. He allowed a hit to Kevin Ilich that tied the game before striking out Dalton McKee and Isaac Pifer to send the game to extra innings and prevent the Indians from winning.
Sure enough, Newton came to the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. The Bulldogs had already taken a 5-4 lead, but Newton came through with a two-run single to give the team a little breathing room. Newton then retired the Indians in order in the ninth to close out the game.
Indians crushing the ball
Entering Monday’s game against Bloom-Carroll, the Indians were hitting .330 as a team. That’s just astounding.
Six players with at least 30 at bats were hitting .344 or better, led by Dalton McKee’s .463 average and 19 RBI.
The Bulldogs held Canal to five hits Monday.
Lone bright spot
Fisher Catholic softball has not been off to a good start. The Irish are 2-8 after Monday’s 6-5 loss to Grandview Heights and have allowed 66 runs in 10 games.
Despite the team struggles, Mary Kate Janita is putting together a solid hitting season for the Irish. She is hitting .406 with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored. She leads the Irish in every statistical category and has been one of the few players finding her way on base consistently.
* Kody Jackson played his first game of the year Monday for Amanda-Clearcreek. Jackson, who missed the first 11 games with an injury, drove in three runs in his debut.
* Taran Alvelo threw a perfect game in Bloom-Carroll’s softball win at Canal Winchester. That’s twice in a row in Mid-State League-Buckeye Division games, as Alvelo has now retired (at least) 43 batters in a row in the conference.
* Fisher Catholic has won five games in a row since losing to Millersport last Monday. The Irish rocked Grandview Heights 13-3 in five innings Monday. It has not come against the best competition the Irish will see all year, but Fisher Catholic has won its past five by a total score of 55-6. The Irish have Mid-State League-Cardinal Division co-leader Licking Heights on the schedule for Thursday. Stay tuned.
* Alvelo leads the area in home runs with eight. But Taylor Dickson at Liberty Union (5) and Mackenzie Jude at Fairfield Union (4) are not too far behind and have shown the ability to hit one out at anytime. Both homered in their respective teams’ wins Monday.