Lima, OH – Barons baseball had a restructured week after rain had forced changes to the schedule. As it turned out, this became the biggest week of the season for the Barons to make a run at a 2nd consecutive ORCC Championship. While things started off well with a doubleheader sweep of the Miami Middletown Thunderhawks on Thursday the Barons came up short as they were swept themselves on Saturday once again by the Harriers of Miami Hamilton. “We felt really good about our chances on Saturday. After the two big wins on Thursday, we had some momentum on our side and I was confident that we were going to turn that in to a couple wins. Unfortunately, we had some defensive lapses in game 1 that cost us and just didn’t have the drive needed to compete in game 2. Congrats to Hamilton, they have another strong team and are only I think 1 win away from clinching another conference title now. Our goal is now going to be to finish the regular season strong and prepare for tournament play!” Said Head Coach Abe Ambroza after the two losses to Miami Hamilton on Saturday.
On Thursday, in Middletown the Barons managed a doubleheader sweep of the Thunderhawks. Game 1 was a pitchers duel, and it was won by Barons Sophomore, Cory Echols. Echols threw all 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits, no walks, and 1 error. The Barons got all the runs they would need in the 3rd inning as two runs were scored on a Kyle Hall double.
Game 2 on Thursday saw much more offense as the Barons took down the Thunderhawks again, this time by a score of 10 to 7. Getting the win for the Barons was Sophomore, Michael Allen. In the game, the Barons were actually out hit by Middletown, however timely key defensive plays kept the Thunderhawks from scoring several times. Also, 2 big innings for the Barons offensively made all the difference as the Barons were able to string together 8 of their 9 hits in those 2 innings scoring five runs in the 3rd and five runs again in the 5th inning. Ryan Kortokrax and Kyle Hall both had doubles and both scored 2 runs in the game.
On Saturday, in Lima the Barons fell in a doubleheader sweep to the Miami Hamilton Harriers. Game 1 was a back and forth slug fest that saw the Barons fall 11 to 8. The Barons trailed by 5 early but answered with 4 runs of their own in the 3rd inning. They then allowed 3 more runs in the 4th and answered right back again with 3 of their own. Then, after a couple of scoreless half innings the Harriers added 3 again to raise their lead once again to 4 runs in the 6th inning which proved to be too much for the Barons to catch up to.
Offensively the Barons were led by freshman shortstop David Spearman. Spearman was 3 for 3 with a walk, a double, and two home runs. “It’s really a shame we weren’t able to pull out the win there in game 1. Rusty (Lammers) threw a pretty good game, which is hard to tell with the score, but in different conditions he probably would’ve held them to no more than 5, and that game that David (Spearman) had at the plate was just awesome! You can’t have a much better day at the plate than a double and 2 home runs with half a dozen RBI! I just wish that David could remember that day with a win attached to it.” Said Coach Ambroza
Game 2 was a game that quickly got away from the Barons as they fell by a final score of 14 to 0. “We just ran out of steam for some reason. After losing a tough one like that, it’s always hard to bounce back, and we didn’t bounce back at all. We’re all a little frustrated with that effort and know we expect more of ourselves than that.” Added Coach Ambroza
The Barons hope to return to action this week now on Wednesday as the Monday home game versus UNOH has been cancelled just prior to today’s release. “We’re going to need a lot of help from powers no baseball coach can control to get baseball games in this week. I know with flooding and severe storms headed our way, there are much greater things than baseball games to worry about, but these young men have put in a lot of hard work to represent our campus on the field of play this year, and if we can find a way to play, we’ll do it!” Said Coach Ambroza when asked how they plan to handle the awful weather that is forecasted for the Lima area this week.
The remaining schedule currently is;
- 4/27/11 - @ UNOH - 3pm (9inn)
- 4/28/11 - VS MU Midd - 3pm DH
- 4/30/11 - @ OUC - 1pm DH
- 5/1/11 - VS Southern State - 1pm DH
- 5/3/11 - @ Rochester College - 4pm (9inn)
- 5/4/11 - Fac/Staff vs Students – 4pm
OSU Lima Rhodes--0-0-2-0-0-0-0--2--6--1
Winning pitcher: Cory Echols(2-3)
Losing pitcher: Ryan Meinert(3-2)
2bs-Greg Patterson(L), Kyle Hall(L), Wade Hofstetter(M)
OSU Lima Rhodes--0-0-5-0-5-0-0--10-9-1
Winning pitcher: Michael Allen(2-1)
Losing pitcher: Wade Hofstetter(1-3)
2bs-Ryan Kortokrax(L), Kyle Hall(L), Brandon Ward(M), Wade Hofstetter(M), Phillip Dickerson(M)
OSU Lima Rhodes-0-0-4-3-0-1-0--8-14-4
Winning pitcher: Tyler McCarthy
Losing pitcher: Rusty Lammers
2bs-Joe Jocketty(M)-2, Bryan Adking(M), David Spearman(O), Dustyn Craig(O), Kyle Hall(O)
Hrs-Seth Martin(M), Mark Hildebrand(M), David Spearman(O)-2
OSU Lima Rhodes-0-0-0-0-0---0--2--1
Winning pitcher: Drew Owens
Losing pitcher: Greg Patterson
2bs-Seth Martin(M), Mark Hildebrand(M), Zach Beymer(M), EJ Naegel(M)
Records: Miami Hamilton(17-23)
OSU Lima Rhodes(8-12)