The Minnewaska baseball team saw its season come to an end after a seventh-inning rally in the opening round of the Section 6AA playoffs came up just short in a 12-11 loss to New London-Spicer last Thursday night.
The Lakers went into the last inning trailing 12-5 before putting together a late run. They sent 10 guys to the plate in the seventh and scored six runs. The rally came up just short as a groundout to short ended the inning.
Minnewaska held a 5-1 lead after three innings before the Wildcats used a big fourth inning to take control of the game. They scored eight runs in the inning and three more in the fifth to put some distance between the two teams.
“We started very well and then we lost our composure during the fourth inning and the flood gates opened,” head coach Chris Bennes said. “We can’t expect to win many games when we walk four, hit one batter and also gave up five hits in the same inning. Aaron Giese did a nice job of putting out the fire, but it was only after they scored their 12th run.”
The big inning by New London-Spicer negated what was a strong day at the plate for the Lakers. Six Minnewaska players had two hits as they pounded out a total of 11. Giese led the way with three RBIs, while Mike Whittemore and Alex Henrichs each drove in two.
“It was nice to see our guys battle back to score six in the last inning,” Bennes said. “But we could not get that last run into scoring position.”
The Lakers finished the season with an 8-13 record.
“It was a tough year,” Bennes said. “But we are young, and we learned a lot and gained some very needed experience.”
MINNEWASKA 005 000 6 – 11
NL-SPICER 001 830 X – 12
MINNEWASKA PITCHING – Mike Whittemore – (L) 3 2/3IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 6BB, 1SO; Andy Goracke – 0IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 1HB, 0SO; Taylor Kollman – 1/3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 0SO; Aaron Giese – 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING – Whittemore – 2-4, 2 runs, 2B, SB, 2 RBI; Alex Henrichs – 1-5, 1 run, 2B, 2 RBI; Trenton Berg – 2-3, 1 run, SB, BB; Eric Elbe – 2-5, 1 run, RBI; Kevin Jenks – 1-3, 2 runs, BB; Giese – 2-4, 1 run, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Goracke – BB, 1 run; Mike Nielsen – 2-4, 2B; Cory Jackson – 2-4, 2 runs