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2011-05-12 / Sports

Eagles Out of the Playoffs

by Mike Organ

Dylan Iselt slides safely into second base during a steal attempt as the Eagles took on Schulenburg in the playoffs last Friday. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Dylan Iselt slides safely into second base during a steal attempt as the Eagles took on Schulenburg in the playoffs last Friday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington lost two of three games to Schulenburg to end the Eagles 2011 baseball season. Schulenburg prevailed 11-0 in the first game, Lexington won 6-3 in game two and Schulenburg bounced back to win the deciding game 10-4. All three games were played in Flatonia’s City Park Field.

Game one was played Thursday night, May 5. Nothing went right for Lexington and everything was right for the Shorthorns.

Lexington hit the ball, only striking out twice, but almost every hit was right at a fielder. Dylan Iselt hit a hard line drive but was out before the bat hit the ground because it was right at the shortstop.

The Shorthorn second baseman fielded six balls and the shortstop put out or assisted on five outs. That accounts for 11 of Lexington’s 15 outs.

Donnie Havard has fielded and fired the ball to Logan Meuth at first base. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Donnie Havard has fielded and fired the ball to Logan Meuth at first base. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lane Turner got Lexington’s first hit in the bottom of the third inning – a long fly ball that hit the outfield fence for a double. Tyler Moerbe and Logan Meuth got the other two Lexington hits.

After Meuth’s single, Brandon Meyer hit a short fly to right field. The Shorthorn fielder made a diving catch and doubled Meuth off first base to end the game. Kaelan Blok was the losing pitcher for Lexington.

Game two, played Friday afternoon, brought better results for the Eagles. Blok got a two-out single in the first inning. Moerbe hit a slow grounder to second base, the second baseman looked to second, but it was too late to get Blok. When the Schulenburg baseman finally threw to first base, Moerbe was safe. A wild pitch put both runners into scoring position.

Iselt followed with a single that scored Blok and Moerbe followed on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Lexington lead.

In the second inning, Kogan Garrett led off with a single. Lane Turner hit a long fly ball that hit the top of the fence in left field and bounced over for a home run and a 4-0 Lexington lead.

Schulenburg picked up a run in the bottom of the third on consecutive doubles.

Lexington answered in the top of the fourth. Turner continued to hit with a single. Donnie Havard and Josh O’Conner followed with singles to load the bases. Blok then lofted a sacrifice fly ball to deep right field to score Jason Washington, the courtesy runner for Turner.

Lexington added another run in the fifth inning. Meuth was hitby a-pitch to start the inning. Garrett hit a double to the wall to score Meuth.

Schulenburg got two runs in the bottom of the fifth against Dylan Iselt. A single, a triple, and a ground out got the runs for ‘Burg.

Both teams failed to score in the last two innings. O’Conner came in to pitch the seventh inning for Lexington. The first hitter got a single. The next hitter, Schulenburg’s star Kyle Bludau, hit a ball so hard that when it hit O’Conner’s glove on the mound he had not finished his swing. O’Conner reacted to catch the ball and double the runner off first. The next Shorthorn hitter singled, but tried to get a double. Blok’s throw to second nailed the runner for the final out of the game.

Game three saw both teams do well. Lexington was the home team from the coin flip prior to the game. Schulenburg got one run in the top of the first on a single, a Lexington throwing error, and a RBI single from Kyle Bludau.

Lexington answered in the bottom of the first. O’Conner got a one-out single. Blok followed with a long homerun over the left field fence to give a 2-1 Lexington lead.

The Eagles continued in the second as Meuth and Garrett walked. A wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position. Havard hit a ground ball to third, a wild throw to first allowed two runs to score. That was pretty much the end of Lexington’s fun.

Bludau hit a lead off homer in the top of the third inning to cut the lead to 4- 2 Lexington. Schulenburg then put up seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Four walks forced in a run and left the bases loaded. Bludau hit his second grand slam and third homer of the series to put Schulenburg ahead 7-4. The Horns added two more runs to pad their lead to 9-4 at the end of four innings.

Josh O’Conner struck out the side in the sixth and gave up one run in the seventh. Lexington ended their fielding year with a unique double play. The batter struck out on a low pitch and took off for first base. Lane Turner threw to first for the out. Logan Meuth threw back to Turner, who tagged the runner trying to score from first.

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