Eisenhower scored in every inning during Monday's game with Seneca while the Bobcats plated runs in just two innings.
Those two innings were costly.
Seneca scored seven runs in the second and five more in the fourth, erasing Eisenhower's consistency and playing rude guests with a 12-10 victory at Werner Park.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Eisenhower batter Aaron Jackson waits in the on deck circle for his turn to bat during Monday’s game with Seneca at Werner Park. Jackson doubled in his plate appearence, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead in the early stages of Monday’s region game with the Bobcats.
"This is a game I felt we really should've won," said Ike coach Jon Vincent. "They loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning and we were able to record a double play and looked liked we were going to get out of it. Then, the hit parade started and they scored seven runs before we could get the last out.
"We scored in every inning which is fantastic, but a couple of bad innings did us in. We just couldn't get that one big inning we needed to push us over the top."
The Knights scored first in the contest, taking a 2-0 lead in the first on the strength of an Aaron Jackson RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Aaron Lundmark. That lead was shortlived as the Bobcats plated seven runs in the top of the second to take control of the game.
SENECA (12): ab-r-h-rbi: Turner, 2b, 5-1-1, McGee, ss, 5-3-1, Strain, p, 3-1-1, Rea, cf, 5-3-2, Duda, 1b, 3-0-2, Winslow, lf, 4-2-1, Froess, 3b, 3-0-0, Muye, c, 2-0-2, Hodak, rf, 4-2-2, Totals: 34-12-12
EISENHOWER (10): ab-r-h-rbi: Hastings, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Hunt, ss-lf-p, 5-1-3-2, Jackson, 3b, 3-3-1-2, Lundmark, 1b, 2-1-0-1, Arford, lf-p, 5-1-2-0, Spicer, p-ss, 5-1-1-2, Williams, c, 4-1-2-2, Fedorchuk, cf, 2-1-1-1, Baker, rf, 1-0-0-0, Garris, rf, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 33-10-11-10
Seneca 070 500 0 - 12 12
Eisenhower 211 212 1 - 10 11
2b-Jackson (E), Spicer (E), McGee (S). WP-Strain. LP-Spicer.
NORTH EAST (8): ab-r-h-rbi: Ebi, cf, 4-1-1-0, Kitchen, p, 3-2-2-0, Scotch, c, 4-1-1-2, Kozewski, 3b, 4-2-2-2, Knight, 2b, 3-1-0-0, Went, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Seymour, dh, 2-1-0-1, Hoelke, lf, 4-0-2-2, MaCoyale, ss-p, 3-0-0-0, Turri, rf, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 30-8-8-7
YOUNGSVILLE (7): ab-r-h-rbi: Marino, cf, 4-1-2-0, Hoover, 2b, 4-0-1-0, Lewis, ss-p, 3-1-1-0, Craig, p-ss, 2-1-0-0, Horn, c, 4-2-2-2, Henry, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Lehman, dh, 4-1-0-1, Linkerhof, lf, 4-1-3-2, Dininny, 1b, 3-0-1-2, McLaughlin, rf, 4-0-2-0, Totals: 32-7-12-7
North East 013 300 1 - 8 8
Youngsville 600 000 1 - 7 12
2b-Horn (Y), Linkerhof (Y), Scotch (N), Kozewski (N). WP-MaCoyle. LP-Craig.
Eisenhower didn't go away using a Kyle Hunt RBI single in the bottom of the second and an unearned run in the bottom of the third to close the gap to 7-4. Seneca made sure to not let things get much closer, scoring five runs in its half of the fourth to make it a 12-4 game.
After the fourth, Vincent inserted Hunt into the game to pitch and the freshman threw brilliantly. Hunt didn't allow another Bobcats hit and the offense almost completed the comeback.
Trevor Spicer had an RBI double and Ryan Williams an RBI single in the fourth to make it 12-6 and Eric Hastings scored on an error in the fifth to make it 12-7.
Another RBI hit from Williams and a Jeb Fedorchuk RBI single in the sixth made it 12-9 and the Knights scored a 10th run on a Seneca error in the seventh. However, before the Knights could get any closer, the Bobcats shut the door, sending the Knights to 1-3 on the season.
Eisenhower (1-3) will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday when it hosts North East.
North East 8,
Who says baseball isn't a game of inches?
Down two and with two men on, Youngsville's Sawyer Dininny blasted a pitch deep into the outfield during Monday's game with North East at Davis Street Field.
The ball, which would have been a walk-off three-run homer, was caught just inches in front of the wall and the Eagles scored just one run in the inning, settling for an 8-7 loss to the Grapepickers.
"I thought it was out of there," said Youngsville coach Tom Craig. "They were playing him deep and the kid made the catch. Still, we had chances to win the game. We just didn't take advantage of our opportunities and it cost us."
Youngsville looked to be heading to its first win after knocking North East's freshman pitcher around for six runs in the first inning. Broc Horn and Caleb Linkerhof both had two-run doubles in the frame and Tyler Lehman also added an RBI.
According to Craig, the Eagles continued to hit the ball hard after the first inning, but every time they made contact, the ball was "right at somebody."
The Grapepickers scored once in the second and three times in each of the third and fourth innings to turn a 6-0 deficit into a 7-6 lead. They also got an unearned run in the top of the seventh - a tally that would prove to be the difference in the game.
Youngsville got the sac fly from Dininny in the seventh, but never got the potential tying run past first base.
Linkerhof led the Eagles offense with three hits and Jake Marino, Horn and Dan McLaughlin chipped in with two hits apiece.
The Eagles (0-2) will travel to Albion to play Northwestern on Wednesday.