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Clearview 12, Lutheran West 2
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Thursday, April 14, 2011

ROCKY RIVER --  After starting the year off 3-0 the Lutheran West Baseball Team has come face to face with reality after being blown out in two straight games against high-quality opponents.  Wednesday they were handed their first loss of the year in a mercy-rule shortened game at Columbia.  Last night, they fell to Clearview in 12-2.  

The first inning spelled disaster for senior starting pitcher Will Wagner, who fell victim to LW’s first poor fielding performance of the year.  Two errors led to seven unearned runs—nine in total.  Wagner struggled from the start with his control and his confidence and was pulled by first year head coach Trey Lamb after getting only two outs.   

Lamb’s bullpen’s depth—not deep to begin with—was made even shallower after using four pitchers on Wednesday.  Lamb responded by throwing everyone who was willing for an inning, and all in all, they did a remarkable job holding Clearview’s juggernaut offense to only three runs on four hits in four and a third innings of relief.   Freshman Aaron Geye pitched one and a third and even struck out Ian Mezlak–arguably the best player in the conference.  Freshman Alex Kebbel struck out the side in the third.  Sophomore CJ Griffin fanned two in the fourth, and sophomore Tyler Cerny pitched around an error to throw a scoreless fifth.  

Offensively, LW did little until it was too late.  Really, that’s not a fair statement, as the game was 9-0 before they had their first at-bat, but it took LW until the fourth to get a hit.  In the fourth and fifth they managed to scratch out two runs and five hits—two came from senior Brandon McCartney.  McCartney and Kebbel both had RBI’s.
Fri 4/1/11
W, 14-8
Thu 4/7/11
W, 5-3
Tue 4/12/11
W, 3-2
Wed 4/13/11
L, 16-5
Thu 4/14/11
L, 12-2
Fri 4/15/11
L, 12-3
Wed 4/20/11
L, 12-0
Wed 4/27/11
L, 9-7
2011 Coach Trey Lamb
2011 through current

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