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Lutheran West 6, Parma 2
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, March 28, 2017   |  box score

ROCKY RIVER --  Lutheran West’s Baseball team started the season with a bang last night, knocking off the visiting Redmen of Parma 6-2 on a chilly night in Rocky River.  Senior starting pitcher Tristan Zimmer (W, 1-0) was excellent, striking out 11 while only walking one en route to a complete game, 95 pitch performance. 

Zimmer’s work was a huge pick up for the Longhorn pitching staff who face four games in four days right away to start the season. “We knew that he had an excellent curve ball,” said Assistant Coach Mark Fenske after the game.  “But we were concerned about how long he would last.  I mean, first game out, cold conditions, a strong hitting team like Parma—we were just hoping to see him work into the fourth.” 

Zimmer not only worked into the fourth, but completed the entire game behind innings of 12, 9, 12, and 13 pitches.  He only faced more than four hitters once—in the second inning—when he gave up both runs on a two-out double to the number 8 hitter to give Parma a 2-1 lead. LW scored three unearned runs in the third and never looked back.

The Longhorns committed zero errors in the game behind great outfield work from senior Alex Robinson and senior Josh Cales.  In distinct contrast, Parma committed four errors that led to five of LW’s six runs.  The only run that scored without aid of an error was a mammoth solo home run on to Linden Road by Robinson in the fourth. 

For sure not the longest hit of the day—but arguably the most important—came off the bat of junior Jeremy Geye in the third.  Geye, who didn’t start the game due to a sore shoulder, came off the bench with two outs and senior Scottie Berghaus on third and Zimmer on second and the game tied.    After falling behind in the count 1-2, Geye hit a flair out behind first base that plated both Berghaus and Zimmer and put LW up for good 4-2. 

Robinson’s homer pushed the lead to 5-2 in the fourth and then a sacrifice fly from Robinson scored Cales to complete the scoring in the sixth.  Robinson finished the game 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

The Longhorns host John Marshall tonight before travelling out to Keystone on Thursday. 
Tue 3/28/17
W, 6-2
Wed 3/29/17
W, 9-1
Mon 4/3/17
W, 10-1
Tue 4/4/17
W, 8-3
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