Lima, OH – The Barons were able to get their first win of the season on Saturday at an opportune time as it came versus OU Lancaster, the Barons first ORCC matchup of the season. The Barons won the contest 3 to 0 behind a very strong complete game performance by freshman pitcher Paul Geuy (Benjamin Logan) who only allowed one hit to the first batter of the game on a chopped ground ball that got lost in no mans land between the pitcher, third base, and short stop. The next batter grounded in to a double play and Geuy didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way. Geuy lasted all 7 innings, allowing only the one hit and one walk with 7 strikeouts. Geuy is now 1 & 0 on the season.
Offensively the bats awoke a little for the Barons as well. Leading the way from the leadoff and shortstop Justin Mayer (Shawnee) went two for three with a homerun a single and two stolen bases.
The win raises the Barons record to 1 & 3 overall and 1 & 0 in ORCC play.
Sunday the Barons were unable to string together consecutive wins despite jumping out to an early 5 to 1 lead at Capital as they fell by the score of 9 to 5. Taking the loss for the Barons was Beau Pester (Miller City) as he gave up six runs, five of them earned, dropping Pester’s record to 0 & 2 on the season.
There were some bright spots in the game however. The Barons had 10 hits in the game including 6 doubles and 1 home run, the highest number of hits for the Barons this season. Leading the way for the Barons offensively were Paul Geuy with a double and a homerun, Matt Helmstetter (St. Marys) with a double, Geoff Bowers (Lima Central Catholic) with a single and a double, Michael Bingman (Ada) with a double, and George McCarthy (Chaminade Julienne) with a double as well.
When asked about the game, Head Coach Rob Livchak responded, “There were a lot of things that happened early in today’s game that I liked a lot. However, our guys relaxed and thought they had the game in hand and that’s something you can never do in baseball. We talked about that very point for a while with the team in left field and I am hoping the guys will use what happened today as a lesson for the rest of this season.”
The Barons return home for an ORCC doubleheader versus OSU Newark on Tuesday, April 8th with game one scheduled to begin at 3:30.
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