Shamrock baseball loses two nail biters to PW
On Monday, May 3rd, the Shamrocks travelled to Westphalia to take on the Pirates. Both games were very well played by both teams, with exceptional pitching and defense, but a few errors by the Shamrocks let the Pirates pull out both games, 2-0.
In the first game, Shane Cook took the mound and pitched 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 walk and 1 strike out. Connor Cross came in for the last inning and struck out all three. Offensive leaders for the Shamrocks featured hits by Connor Cross, Evan Schrauben, Austin Fleischer, and Lucas Simon. The Shamrocks were in scoring position a few times, but were unable to get one past the stingy Pirate defense.
In the second game, Connor Cross returned to the mound. He threw for 5 and 2/3 innings, striking out 7 and walking 1. Evan Schrauben finished out the game striking out 2. Offensive leaders were Connor Cross, Chase Fitzsimmons and Evan Schrauben who all had hits. The Shamrocks led off the 7th inning with base hits from Chase Fitzsimmons and Evan Schrauben, but a well hit ball ended in a double play and the Pirate defense again held.
Coach Dan Thelen was disappointed, but impressed with P-W. "That's a really good team. I thought we played clean baseball and started doing the things that give us our best chance at success. I really liked our grit tonight, but we just ran into a really good team."
The Shamrocks travel to Saranac on Thursday, May 5th, and go north to Lake Leelanau on Friday, May 7th.
Photo by Lindsey Bos.