Five-run sixth helps Dutchmen nine

Will Johnson

Falling 11-2 to St. James Tigers at a cold, nasty Memorial Field back on Monday, April 2, Kevin Lay’s Dutchmen baseball team welcomed New Haven’s Shamrocks for Military Appreciation Day at the ol’ ball park Thursday afternoon.

Nursing a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Owensville turned five hits and two walks into a five-run sixth inning to help them break into the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) win column by a final score of 9-3 over the visiting Shamrocks.

Pitching around hits during the first two innings, Owensville’s Brady Smith and New Haven’s Owen Buchheit threw a pair of scoreless frames to open Military Appreciation Day baseball action from Memorial Field.

Still scoreless going into the bottom of the third, OHS cashed in a hit and a pair of Shamrock miscues for a two runs.

Batting from the leadoff spot, Trevor Abernathy singled and stole second before scoring when Grant Steever reached on an error.

Standing at second base with one out, Steever came around to score when Javohntae Gates reached on another error giving the Dutchmen a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, New Haven turned a hit batter, a single and an error into a run cutting Owensville’s lead in half going to the bottom of the fifth.

Gates began a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth with a walk before taking second base on a Smith single.

Drew Baumbach then doubled allowing Gates to score bumping OHS’ lead back to two runs at 3-1.

Moving to third on Baumbach’s double, courtesy runner TC Fisher scored when John Reed reached on a New Haven error for a 4-1 Dutchmen lead after five innings.

Answering back in the top of the sixth, the Shamrocks put together back-to-back hits and a sacrifice fly trimming Owensville’s lead to 4-3.

Another two-out rally ensued in the bottom of the sixth for Lay’s Dutchmen.

Abernathy singled before going to third on a pair of wild pitches. He then scored on a Steever RBI single bumping the OHS lead to 5-3.

Colton Moore then singled and scored as part of a two-RBI triple from Smith later in the inning.

Running again for Smith, Fisher scored Owensville’s final run on a Baumbach RBI single.

Smith then struck out the side in the top of the seventh to earn the complete-game victory.

Ending up a home run shy of the cycle, Smith drove in two runs at the plate to go along with his pitching performance allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out 11 and walking no batters.

Abernathy and Baumbach also had three hits for the Dutchmen against New Haven.

Monday night on the road Pacific, OHS looked to avenge a 14-13 loss to the Indians from the Four Rivers Baseball Classic.

Putting up two runs in the top of the first, Owensville gave Abernathy all the offense he needed during a 6-0 shutout of Pacific in FRC baseball action.

Bryor Bogle walked and scored in his first varsity start against the Indians Monday night.