Senior night streak snapper

Will Johnson

Suffering three late-inning losses in the span of four days last week, Kevin Lay’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball team looked to snap a four-game losing streak Monday night during a senior-night showdown with Steelville’s Cardinals at Memorial Field.

Busting open a 5-1 game in the bottom of third with a 10-run inning, OHS sent seniors Richard Nelms, Colton Moore, Grant Steever and John Reed off with a 15-1 senior-night win in five innings over the visiting Cardinals from Crawford County.

“We executed very well in both phases of the game offensively and defensively,” Lay said. “

Pitching around a dropped third strike and a hit batter, Nelms gave his Dutchmen offense a chance to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the first inning.

Running the count to 2-2, Steever singled to right field leading off the bottom half of the first.

Following two fly outs, clean-up hitter Javohntae Gates drew a walk extending the inning to Moore.

On the first pitch he saw, Moore drove in his senior teammate with an RBI single for an early 1-0 Owensville lead.

Keeping the two-out rally going and helping his own cause, Nelms doubled to left field allowing Gates to score and double the Dutchmen lead to 2-0.

Drew Baumbach kept the line moving with a two-out RBI single down the left-field line allowing courtesy runner TC Fisher to score giving OHS a 3-0 lead after one inning of senior-night baseball.

Working around a walk and a double in the top of the second inning, Nelms kept Steelville off the board giving his Owensville offense a chance to add to their lead in the bottom half of the inning.

In a near carbon copy of his first at-bat, Steever delivered a one-out single to left field. A walk to Trevor Abernathy led to both him and Steever scoring on a Cardinal passed ball pushing the Dutchmen lead to 5-0 after two innings.

Back-to-back Steelville doubles in the top of the third got them on the board before Nelms retired the next three batters limiting the damage to one run.

Now with a 5-1 lead going to the bottom of the third inning, OHS looked to get that run back.

They would get it and then some.

Moore followed his first-inning single with a lead-off double to start the bottom of the third.

Nelms then reached on a dropped third strike allowing Fisher to score.

Cody Linders replaced Nelms on the base paths as a courtesy runner taking second and third on a pair of passed balls. He would score on a Cardinal error during Baumbach’s latest at bat in which he was hit by a pitch.

“A huge part of our game is running the bases,” Lay said. “To be honest, our best runner is Cody Linders. He may not hit or play defense, but he is the guy I want on the bases when the game is on the line to get that extra run or that extra base.”

Bryor Bogle kept the inning going with a single. He and Baumbach advanced one base on a wild pitch before a Reed walk loaded the bases for Steever.

On the very next pitch, the Dutchmen senior cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple to center field pushing OHS’ lead into double digits at 10-0 with no outs in the inning.

Brady Smith bounced back from a pair of fly outs with a RBI single driving in Steever for an 11-0 Dutchmen lead.

Gates would then single to left before Nelms walked to load the bases again.

Baumbach then walked on four pitches to drive in Smith making the OHS lead, 12-0.

Facing an 0-2 count with the bases loaded yet again, Bogle doubled down the left-field line clearing them again to cap Owensville’s 10-run third inning.

“It’s really nice watching the one through nine batters contribute as a whole to the team,” Lay said. 

With no further scoring, OHS defended their home field on senior night, 15-1 in five innings.

OHS will end their regular season tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon in an orange-and-black showdown with Waynesville’s Tigers at Memorial Field with a 4:30 p.m., first pitch for varsity action.

“We’re going to use the Waynesville game to get better offensively and defensively before districts.” Lay said.