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Leather falters for Eagles

Venturing to Charlestown for the season opener, Lanesville’s gloves and arms weren’t as crisp as the cool breeze.
The Pirates took advantage of six Lanesville fielding errors, capitalizing with run-scoring singles by Tanner Wesp to take a 4-0 victory.
Wesp had an impressive day at the plate, going 3 for 3, driving in all four runs.
Bats for the Eagles were quiet much of the late afternoon affair. At least two runners reached in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but those runners were left stranded.
‘It was tough not scoring,’ Lanesville coach Zach Payne said. ‘We had opportunities, but we didn’t have good situational hitting. Every time we got a guy to third base, there were two outs. It makes it hard to score a run with one at bat or seeking a passed ball to score a run.’
A bright side for Payne and the Lanesville team was the effort on the pitching mound from juniors Brenden Bube and Ryan McCubbins.
Bube started the game and went five innings. He held the senior-laden Pirates to five hits and one earned run. The righty struck out six batters.
McCubbins entered the sixth. Although he loaded the bases with two outs, one run crossed when Wesp drew a free pass. Getting out of the jam, McCubbins struck out Kelly Rider.
‘Our pitchers did a good job throwing strikes,’ Payne said. ‘Ryan and Brenden did a good job against a good hitting team. We held them to five hits and zero earned runs. We have to play pitch and catch better in the field.’
Scoreless through two, Charlestown got on the board when Brett Blackford led off with a single and eventually scored. Before Wesp plated two runners, two consecutive Pirates reached on Lanesville errors.
One of Lanesville’s best chances to strike came in the top of five. It was an up-and-down inning for Charlestown starter Rider. In the frame, Rider struck out four Lanesville batters, a rare feat. He also loaded the bases when Noah Jones reached on a strike-three wild pitch and offered free passes to Luke Beach and Greg Daly.
Loaded with two outs, Rider fanned Bube to end the threat.
Zach Ramirez led off the bottom half of the fifth by reaching on an infield single then taking second on a throwing error. Two batters later, Wesp drove in another run with a single up the middle.
Daly and Mitchell Bailey accounted for Lanesville’s two hits.
Bailey’s came in the sixth coming after McCubbins reached via a walk versus relief pitcher Austin Smith.
With two on and no outs, Smith worked through the next three at bats, getting a strikeout, pop out and fielders’ choice.
‘We’re going to have great pitching and scrap some runs together,’ Payne said. ‘We can tinker with the lineup as we go to find a way to get us four runs. If we can score four runs with those two guys pitching, I feel confident we can win.’
With a watchful eye, Lanesville drew seven free passes but struck out 10 times. McCubbins and Beach drew two walks apiece.
Facing a quality opponent out of the Mid-Southern Conference, Payne said his group will learn from the mistakes.
‘It’s tough to win a game when you make six errors,’ Payne said. ‘Charlestown is a good team, but we gave them pretty good opportunities with our errors. We have too many good players to only get two hits and make six errors.’
Lanesville will hit the road today (Wednesday) to face Scottsburg. The home opener for the Eagles will be Monday versus Orleans.

Lanesville 000 000 0 ‘ 0 2 6
Charlestown 002 011 x ‘ 4 5 0
W ‘ K. Rider, L ‘ B. Bube
2B ‘ T. Wesp (C).
Records ‘ Lanesville 0-1, Charlestown 1-0.

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