On Tuesday April 30th, the Shamrocks travelled to the farms of Westphalia for games against the Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates. It wasn’t a good night for the Shamrocks, with both the softball and baseball teams losing two games.
For the Lady Shamrocks, the Pirates jumped out fast with a three run first inning and never really looked back. The Shamrocks showed signs of life in the top of the 4th inning, with Chloe Cross and Katie Coyne hitting back to back doubles, but the game was all Pirates with a final score of 9-2. Picking up the loss on the mound was Summer Russman, she chalked up three strikeouts, and her record fell to 7-3. Offensive leaders for the first game were Chloe Cross who went three for three, Ally Florian went two for three with one RBI, and Katie Coyne went one for three with one RBI.
In the nightcap, again the Pirates continued their hot bats at the plate, scoring a 10-0 victory in seven innings. The Shamrocks ended with four hits, with Sammi Teachworth going two for two, Lainey Schrauben going one for four, and Katie Coyne going one for three. Summer Russman again got the loss from the mound, dropping her record to 7-4. The Shamrocks will meet a solid Saranac team at Saranac on Thursday, May 3rd.
It was a beautiful spring night for two fantastic defensive battles from the boys. In the first game, the Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring two in the first inning, and one in the second inning. The Shamrocks cut the deficit at the top of the fourth inning, with a two RBI single from Tanner Lawson, making the score 3-2 after four innings. Exceptional base running and signature Shamrock small ball tied it up at 3-3 in the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, the Shamrocks took the lead after Brandon Scheurer ripped a double to left field, and Nathan Lehnert dropped a nice single to center field which scored Scheurer. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Shamrocks lead 4-3, unfortunately, great hits from the Pirates allowed the Pirates to pull out a 5-4 victory after seven innings. Brandon Scheurer got the loss on the mound, pitching two innings and giving up two runs (one earned), Tanner Lawson also pitched three innings and gave up three runs (one earned). Offensive leaders were Tanner Lawson going two for three with two RBI’s, Zach Spitzley went two for three, and Nathan Lehnert went two for four with one RBI.
For the second game, it was again a defensive battle. The Shamrocks got on the board first, with Ryan Lay earning a walk, Brandon Scheurer put the ball in play and advanced the runner, and Nathan Lehnert hit a sacrifice deep to score Ryan Lay. This gave the Shamrocks a 1-0 lead after three innings. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Pirates took the lead at 3-1 after five innings. After holding the Shamrocks defensively in the sixth inning, the Pirates took a win of 3-1 after six innings. Earning a loss on the mound was Nathan Lehnert, who gave up two runs in four innings (zero earned). Offensive leaders for the Shamrocks were Sam Mauren who went one for three, Seth Hoppes one for three, Tanner Lawson one for two, and Nathan Lehnert zero for one with one RBI.
Coach Bryan Scheurer thought his team swung the bat well, and pitched good enough to win. “We aren’t doing the little things yet that the success of our program was built on. We are still searching for leadership with a group of underclassmen that have been afforded the luxury to just play in the past.” He also added “We are figuring ourselves out, we’re competing, we’re close, but we’re not there yet”. The Shamrocks travel to Saranac on Thursday for another tough game against another good CMAC team.