Dutchmen baseball stings Laquey at Linn

Will Johnson

Marred in a five-game losing streak dating back to a 12-0 home loss to Sullivan on Monday, April 16, Kevin Lay’s Dutchmen baseball team looked to get back in the win column against Laquey’s Hornets Saturday afternoon in the final game for both teams at the Linn Round Robin Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Leading 5-1 going to the bottom of the third inning, Owensville doubled their run total before going on to post an 11-1 mercy-rule victory in five innings.

“We needed this win,” Lay said. “We’ve been struggling the past few games and just needed to find a way to win one.”

Limiting Laquey to a one-out single in the top of the first inning, Dutchmen starting pitcher Javohntae Gates gave his offense a chance to break the scoreless tie in the bottom half of the inning.

Trevor Abernathy led off with a walk before scoring on a Grant Steever RBI single giving OHS an early 1-0 lead.

Owensville’s advantage doubled to 2-0 when Steever scored on an RBI ground out off the bat of Brady Smith.

In the top of the second, the Hornets turned a hit and two OHS errors into a run cutting the Dutchmen lead in half to 2-1.

Sending seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the second, Owensville got that run back and then some.

Colton Moore and Bryor Bogle recorded back-to-back singles to start the inning. Moore scored on an error and Bogle crossed the plate on a RBI sacrifice fly from Garret West.

From the ninth spot in the lineup, Tyler Heidbrink reached on an error and scored OHS’ third run of the inning on an Abernathy RBI ground out. This left the Dutchmen with a 5-1 lead through two innings.

Gates pitched around a two-out walk in the top of the third inning keeping Laquey’s run total at one moving to the bottom half of the third.

Reaching on an error the previous inning, Heidbrink connected singled for his first varsity hit and later scored on a Steever RBI double.

Smith, West and Bogle all reached on errors and scored during Owensville’s five-run third inning. Moore was also hit by a pitch and scored on one of several Hornet miscues in the inning.

Freshman TC Fisher pitched the fourth and fifth innings allowing no runs on no hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Looking to end the game in the bottom of the fifth, Abernathy started OHS’ quest with a one-out single.

Stealing second and third, Trevor scored the game-ending run on a passed ball giving the Dutchmen their first win after five losses.

Opening tournament action Friday against the host Wildcats, Owensville could not overcome a pair of two-run innings before dropping a 5-3 decision to Linn.

Pitching around a two-out error in the bottom of the first, Abernathy gave his Dutchmen offense a chance to break the scoreless tie against Linn in the top of the second inning.

Gates singled to left field leading off the inning before taking second on a walk to Moore.

A Richard Nelms single advanced Gates to third before he scored on a Sebastian Dixon RBI ground out giving OHS an early 1-0 lead over the host Wildcats.

Linn turned three hits, a walk and a fielder’s choice into two runs and a 2-1 lead after two innings.

A scoreless third inning gave Lay’s Dutchmen a shot to knot the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.

Moore led the inning off with a walk before a Bogle RBI single allowing him to score and deadlock the game at 2-2 going to the bottom of the fourth inning.

Tied after four innings, Linn turned two OHS errors, two hits and a walk into a pair of runs and a 4-2 lead after five innings.

Hoping to keep their deficit at two runs, Owensville saw two walks, an error and a hit batter turn into an insurance run for Linn and a 5-2 lead after six innings.

Not going away quietly, OHS nearly rallied in the top of the seventh inning.

Steever reached on an error and scored cutting the Wildcat lead to 5-3 with two outs.

With Nelms at the plate representing the go-ahead run, Smith was at third and Gates was at second base.

Grounding out to end the game OHS fell to the Wildcats.

Playing Hermann twice in three days, Owensville fell in both games by scores of 9-4 Saturday in Linn and 9-3 Monday afternoon up in northern Gasconade County.