May 11th, 2018

Colts struggle to hit in loss to Ballard

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Colts struggle to hit in loss to Ballard
DeSales' Garrett Matthews awaits the pitch / photo by Conor Revell

The DeSales baseball has good pitching and defense, but unless the bats come alive, the chances of a postseason run is slim, if the bats come alive, lookout, a special run may occur.

Visiting Ballard scored just enough runs to defeat the host Colts 3-1 Friday night at Rex Robinson Memorial Field.

“We have had the bases loaded numerous times this year and we have come through in the way we needed to,” DeSales head coach T.J. Cataldo said. “That’s really the story of the game. We had runners on multiple times and weren’t able to get them in. Ballard is always a well-coached ball club and scored when they got the opportunity.”

Zach Noe started for the Bruins (9-14) and pitched four innings and allowed one run, one hit, struck out eight, and walked three. Ben Collins pitched the final three innings and gave up just one hit.

Jordan Lacy threw a complete game for DeSales (15-11) and allowed three runs, eight hits, struck out six, and walked one.

“I was mainly throwing my changeup,” Lacy said. “It was throwing them off because my fastball was just fast enough to keep them off balance. I started it off a little rusty, but I settled down.”

The Colts struggled offensively only recording two hits and leaving six on base. Luke McClinton and Trevor Sievert were the only DeSales players to get a hit. Drew Smith walked twice and Sam Newkirk drew one free-pass.

“Their pitchers were locating the outside corner with his pitches,” McClinton said. “That made it hard to capitalize on scoring runs.”

Jordan Crockett, Riley Monheimer, and Trevor Greenwald led the Bruins with two hits. Jess Miller and Brandon Schmitt had one hit apiece. Ben Collins drew a walk.

“Jordan threw strikes for us and he has done that all-year for us,” Cataldo said. “He has done that really well for us. He threw a lot of strikes and kept us in the ballgame. I told the guys Jordan gave us the chance to win, we just need to learn to score when we get the opportunity. Jordan gave us a chance.”

DeSales had their opportunities, but lost a lot of momentum in the first loading the bases with nobody out, and failing to score.

“It gave Ballard a positive attitude coming up to the plate,” Lacy said. “That’s huge for baseball. You have a positive and they came out thinking they were going to do well and they did.”

Ballard fed off the momentum in the second inning scoring two runs. Monheimer was plunked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Miller’s single to put Ballard up 1-0.

Miller later scored on Greenwald’s bunt single to put the Bruins up two runs.

The Colts scored their lone run in the second. McClinton singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when the Ballard shortstop mishandled Newkirk’s grounder and overthrew the first-baseman.

“It was a curveball,” McClinton said. “I focused on staying back and drove it to right-field.”

The Bruins their final run in the sixth. Monheimer singled and scored on Crockett’s triple.

“In all honesty our hitting is all part of a process,” Cataldo said. “We need to take it differently and put not as much pressure on ourselves. I think a lot of guys who puts a lot of pressure on themselves when they swing. They need to relax and good things will happen. When you put pressure on yourself, you can’t expect good results.”

 

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