The Raiders came up with a double header sweep over McLouth Thursday. Both wins were by one run, and the second came in late-inning fashion.
Trailing 5-4 in the final inning of the second game, Imac was the beneficiary of McLouth's inability to find the strike zone. Sean Murray and Jarret McCall opened the frame with walks. Dustin Jostmeyer bunted to get the tying and winning run in scoring position. Then Murray scored on a past ball, and Goetz came across moments later with a sacrifice fly for the win, 6-5.
Imac plated the winning run without a hit. Not surprisingly, "small ball" was a rallying cry from the dugout whenever teammates would steal a base or do other things to manufacture runs.
"We steal a lot of bases and hit and run," Imac baseball coach Met Metivier said.
Imac certainly made the most of the modest number of hits they got. McLouth, on the other hand, was striking out too much in the first game to get many hits at all.
Game one Imac starter Jarret McCall went all seven innings, giving up just four hits and amassing an impressive 15 strikeouts.
"There were no jitters whatsoever," Metivier said of his ace.
Imac won game one 5-4. Murray was an offensive catalyst, going two-for-three.
Imac, 2-1, heads to Doniphan West for a doubleheader Monday.
Leavenworth rides strong pitching to shutout win
So much for early-season jitters. For Leavenworth starter Billy Harrah Thursday, all the jitters seemed to melt away after the first inning.
Harrah shut out Shawnee Mission North for six innings, and Daniel Wilson closed the door for a 5-0 shutout win. It was the senior Harrah's first start of the season.
"Billy threw well," Leavenworth baseball coach Joe Allison said. "He really settled in after the first. He sometimes struggled to get ahead in counts, but didn't give up many walks. He got a lot of ground outs and the defense played well behind him."
Leavenworth got out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Then they kept the pressure on the Indians all afternoon by being aggressive on the base paths. Leavenworth was able to manufacture five runs on just four hits.
That was more than enough for Harrah, who surrendered just three hits and two walks in his six innings of work.
Leavenworth, 2-1, plays rival Lansing Monday. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
PR gets big comeback, splits series
Page 2 of 2 - Statistically, when your team is down 8-0 in the first, your chances of winning are tiny. Itsy-bitsy.
Don't try telling that to Pleasant Ridge. The Rams battled back from 8-0 to win 12-11 in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader against Oskaloosa Thursday.
"We just scratched for runs inning after inning," PR baseball coach Mike Koontz said. "It wasn't like we had one inning where we scored a bunch of runs."
In extra innings, it was Jason Simonis' hit down the left-field line that scored Jared Schmalstieg for the win.
The second game was a familiar situation, but this one played out more conventionally. Oskaloosa got out to another early lead, scoring four in the first. The Rams couldn't come back, losing 15-4.
Ridge, 3-1, plays a pair at McLouth Monday.
Spires split pair at Friends University
The Saint Mary's baseball squad had a split effort decision Thursday.
The Spires looked to end a three game losing streak on the road against Friends University. Saint Mary's jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and added six more runs in the game including four in the sixth inning. The Spires went on to win the game 10-2. Joe Haak, Trevor Matifes and Kevin Joyce all led Saint Mary's in hits with three a piece. Matifes and Joyce also led the team in RBIs with three.
The second game featured a pitcher's duel that the Spires found themselves on the short end of. Saint Mary's gave up two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and could only muster up one run to counter in the rest of the contest. Perri Jackson led the Spires in hits with three, and one RBI. Nic Amerio suffered the loss for Saint Mary's.
Saint Mary's, 9-18, will host Friends University in a double header at 1p.m. Saturday.