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Black River 10, Lutheran West 6
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Monday, April 19, 2010

BLACK RIVER --  It would be easy for a writer to spend the bulk of his words proclaiming all of the things that went wrong in last night’s loss to Black River.  It wouldn’t take a lot of time to write that article and it also wouldn’t take a lot of insight into the game.  It definitely wouldn’t be hard to find things to talk about.  You could talk about the four errors that led to seven unearned runs.  You could talk about how the four through nine batters hit a combined 0 for 14.  You could talk about how every player in the starting line-up except senior Mike Holick and senior Justin Chislow struck out at least once. Lots of options.

This writer, for one, refuses to take the easy way out.  Instead we will stick to the good things that happened in the game.  After all, pure negativity is bad for the soul.  

So, here is a list of good things that happened in yesterday’s loss.  

1.  Mike Holick’s continued hitting.  Going three for four, Holick scored three runs with a double and a stolen base. 

2.  The terrific bunting.  Holick and Chislow both bunted for base hits.  Senior Mitch Zaharewicz put down a nice sacrifice in the seventh.  Compared to missed bunt opportunities in the Clearview and Oberlin games last week, it was good to see LW convert all of its bunting chances with confidence yesterday. 

3.  Senior Cal Thomay’s two hits with runners in scoring position.  After really struggling against good pitching with runners on second and third as a team last week, it was really important for Thomay to come through. 

4.  Sophomore Anders Mahon’s nasty breaking ball.  Mahon, pitching in relief of Thomay, struck out four Black River hitters—all looking.  While Mahon gave up three runs, all were unearned.  In reality, Mahon while inexperienced, was effective in relief.  Had he had consistent defense behind him, he would have breezed through his two and a third innings of work.  

5.  Senior Ty Hoy’s defensive plays at first base in the middle innings.  Twice in the third he fielded ground balls and made perfect flips to the pitcher covering first.  With two outs in the fifth, he dove to his right and threw to Mahon covering to rob Black River of a base hit with an ESPN-worthy defensive gem. 

6.  Losses to both Columbia and Clearview.  With Columbia going down to Wellington and Clearview self destructing in the late innings and losing to Keystone, LW’s conference hopes remain alive.  LW will have to take down both Wellington and Keystone later in the week, but it definitely makes last night’s loss much more manageable.  LW is only one game behind Clearview with nine conference games to play. 

While these six things don’t turn yesterday’s game into a win, it is clear that some good things happened yesterday.  Certainly it doesn’t change the outcome, but it sure makes this writer feel better!
Wed 3/31/10
L, 6-2
Thu 4/1/10
W, 12-2
Tue 4/6/10
W, 9-8
Wed 4/7/10
W, 12-2
Thu 4/8/10
L, 7-0
Sat 4/10/10
L, 7-6
Sat 4/10/10
W, 12-1
Mon 4/12/10
L, 5-3
Tue 4/13/10
W, 14-0
Wed 4/14/10
W, 19-10
Mon 4/19/10
L, 10-6
Tue 4/20/10
W, 5-4
Wed 4/21/10
L, 8-6
Fri 4/23/10
W, 10-8

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