|Wed, Sep 17, 2014 05:41 PM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
May 14, 2014 | 10:49 AM
Lanesville turned three double plays in the field while watchful eyes and clutch hits provided enough offense to land a 9-2 victory over Crawford County last Tuesday.
Offensively, Lanesville drew seven walks against the three different arms the Wolfpack threw at them. Caleb Gresham reached all four times in his at-bats, collecting two singles to go with a hit batter and walk.
It was the latter half of the Lanesville lineup that did early damage against Crawford County.
When the Wolfpack scored a run in the second on an error, Lanesville quickly responded. Spencer Dauphinee laced a double to the grass to kick-start the frame.
Kyle Rottet followed with a single, then Ryan McCubbins loaded the bags by drawing a walk. To pick up an RBI, Gresham took a pitch in the center of the "9" on the back of his jersey, knotting the game at 1-all.
Keeping the momentum going, Gregory Daly hit a single over a leaping Wolfpack third baseman, plating a run. Stephen Shaffer made it a three-run inning with a hit to right, scoring McCubbins.
"They scored, and we came right back with the double to get the ball rolling," Lanesville assistant coach Sean Smith said. "We've been notorious for getting guys on but not getting the big hit. Today we put up runs."
Crawford County didn't go away quietly. With two outs, Jacob Mauck, Dakota Novak and Seth Fell put together three hits in a row. Novak's double plated Mauck to cut the Eagles' lead to one.
On Lanesville's home field, the Eagles continued to score runs. In the third, after reaching on a third-strike wild pitch, Rottet came around to score. He, along with Gresham, came across the plate via wild pitches. The struggles of Fell on the hill allowed two Lanesville runs in the frame without allowing a hit.
Lanesville starting pitcher Stephen Shaffer went five innings for the win, striking out six. He loaded the bases in the fourth when Dante Harris and Tylor Brooks began with singles. An error allowed Cody Carlton to reach, but Shaffer helped himself get out of the jam.
On a come-backer hit by Brady Carlton, Shaffer started a double play, throwing home to Gresham first, before the catcher cut down Carlton at first.
"Shaffer struggled a few innings, but he battled back," Smith said. "He loaded the bases and worked out of it. The defense helped turning a couple double plays. Our defense is playing well."
The Eagles also turned two in the first and seventh innings.
Lanesville added three additional runs in the fifth inning when three straight batters — Spencer Dauphinee, Rottet and McCubbins — reached on errors. Bringing each home was Gresham with a single, Daly with a walk and Brenden Bube with a sacrifice fly to deep left.
"We're working on taking a good approach at the plate," Smith said. "The main thing we've been working on is putting the ball in play. Earlier in the season, they went to the plate looking to blast it and, today, they put the ball in play and made them field the ball. We caught some breaks, but we hit the ball hard quite a few times."
For Lanesville, Rottet scored three times on a 2-for-3 afternoon. Gresham and Daly paced the bottom of the lineup, contributing two RBIs each.
Crawford County's Trayton Satterfield finished with a pair of hits.
"We're heading in the right direction," Smith said. "These guys, you don't know who is going to show up. They tend to show up for rivals and conference games, but we want them to play well every game."
Dauphinee and Bube pitched a scoreless inning of relief each with Dauphinee striking out two. They combined to yield one hit.
Fell started the game for Crawford County, going 2-2/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. He gave up three earned runs and took the loss.
Lanesville will return to the field Friday when the Eagles travel to rival South Central at 5 p.m.
Crawford County 011 000 0 – 2 8 6
Lanesville 032 031 x – 9 8 2
W – Shaffer, L – Fell.
2B – Novak (CC), Dauphinee (L).