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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 04/25/12
Varsity baseball team
finds itself in a 'funk'
Drops four games,
two in extra innings
by RICK DESOTELLEven if its record (6-7) does not reflect it, there is little doubt that the Romeo High baseball team is a good squad. They just haven't quite found the winning formula yet.
Observer Sports Writer
"It's been a tough week for our team,'' said Romeo Coach T.J. DeLamielleure. "We dropped four ball games, two of them in extra innings. I told our guys after the games on Saturday that we simply have to find ways to win. There are no excuses to be made. It doesn't matter how we get it done, we simply have to in order to get out of this funk we are in."
Warren Mott, 12; Romeo, 11: (8 innings)
Monday, April 16, at Romeo, Joey Slivik and Jake Onstott each drove in three runs on two hits, for Warren-Mott (1-0, 6-4).
Romeo junior Joe Gardner started the game and left with a 10-5 lead heading into the seventh.
Gardner allowed five runs, four earned on eight hits and seven strikeouts in six complete innings.
"Joe (Gardner) pitched a good ball game in some very difficult conditions due to the high winds,'' said DeLamielleure. "He left the game with a 10-5 lead. We ended up giving up six runs in the top of the seventh. We fought back and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie it, but couldn't answer a run they scored in the eighth."
Offensively for Romeo, Josh Hinkley went 2-for-5, including a triple, had one RBI and scored a run. Eric Shankin had a double, walked three times and scored three runs; Gardner had a double, was hit twice by pitches and had one RBI, Evan Richardson had two hits in five at-bats including a double and had three RBIs and Derek Staelgraeve went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
"This was a tough loss for our ball team,'' DeLamielleure added. "Heading into the seventh inning with a 5-run lead we thought it was all but in the bag but we gave them too many free passes, and fell behind just about every hitter we faced. Therefore, they were able to load the bases and continue to score.''
Romeo, 13; L'Anse Creuse, 14: (11 innings)
Wednesday, April 18, at L'Anse Creuse, Scott Pozolo went five innings in relief to pick up the win in the 11th inning for the Lancers (12-2) and Jake Vawter scored the winning run when the Bulldogs failed to catch him on a squeeze play.
"Another tough extra inning conference loss for us,'' said a frustrated DeLamielleure. "Two of our top pitchers were hurt, however, we can't make excuses. Greg (Antoine) was our fourth pitcher and really did a nice job. He pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits. We had to take him out because we had to use him a little on Monday and his pitch count was getting up there.''
Shankin led the Romeo offense with three hits in five at-bats, scored two runs and had four RBIs.
Hinkley had two doubles and scored two runs; Jon Rauen finished with two hits and a walk and scored two runs, Tom Strandquist went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Gardner had one hit, two walks and one RBI.
Rochester Adams, 10; Romeo, 2: (game 1)
Saturday, April 21, at Adams, Gardner went 2-for-4, with two RBIs and Ryan Price, Shankin, Brian Sorensen and Jake Bellas had one hit each.
"We didn't swing the bats as good as we have been the rest of the week,'' said DeLamielleure. "Our pitching has not been good; we walked too many (eight) and fell behind way too many hitters. Right now the other teams' batters are hitting in their counts instead of us getting ahead in the count and forcing them to hit in our counts."
Adams, 7; Romeo, 5: (game 2)
In game two at Adams, Gardner continued to swing a hot bat finishing with a double and two RBIs for Romeo.
Price had two hits in three at-bats and had one RBI; Bellas went 2-for-3, including a double, and drew a walk, Sorensen had a double and two RBIs and Strandquist had one hit in three at-bats.
Starting pitcher Derek Staelgraeve suffered the loss for the Bulldogs.
"Derek (Staelgraeve) made some good improvements today,'' said DeLamielleure. "He really took some strides in the right direction. He did leave some balls up that they were able to take advantage of but he threw strikes and only walked two, which is a drastic improvement from what our pitching staff has been doing."