HAMPSHIRE – Dundee-Crown baseball coach Jon Anderson didn’t look too happy after Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference crossover game against Hampshire.
After an 80-minute delay because of lightning, D-C continued its hot hitting from before the storms and finished off a 5-4 victory over the Whip-Purs. Still, Anderson was not pleased with some aspects of his team’s game.
“The first inning, the first two guys went up and struck out looking,” Anderson said. “You put the ball in play and good things happen. We have to do the little things that are going to make it successful, and we didn’t do those little things. We were successful with the outcome, but there are still things we need to work on.”
Before the weather turned, the Chargers (5-6 overall, 3-1 FVC Valley) scored twice in the first inning on a two-run single by Tyler Lewan. After the long delay that started four pitches into the bottom of the first, the Whip-Purs cut the lead in half on an RBI single by Michael Merchut.
The Whips (2-8, 0-5 FVC Fox) tied the score in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout by Nick Mohlman. D-C responded with two runs in the third on Lewan's RBI groundout and Riley Alvarado's RBI single. Lewan said he knew what he had to do in both RBI situations.
“I just figured I got a two-strike count that I need to put the ball in play. I saw a ball I could hit and just took it up the middle to score two,” Lewan said. “The next time up, I knew I had to put the ball in play again. I should have put it to the right side, but it was still a good hit and it got the run in.”
The Chargers tacked on what turned into a much-needed insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Vince Damato off losing pitcher Trey Schramm.
The run was important because the Whips scored twice in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball to score Corey Michaelsen and an RBI groundout by Merchut to cut the lead to 5-4.
However, Hampshire couldn’t touch D-C reliever Danny Denz, who came in with two on and no one out in the sixth. Denz retired the final six Whips hitters to get the save.
Hampshire coach John Sarna said his team played the way he wanted them too but just didn’t have enough to pull out the victory.
“They came to play,” Sarna said. “We’ve had a rough week (losing five straight games). There was no letup. They were competitive, and that’s all we ask from them as coaches. We didn’t come out on top, but they competed and played a good game. We’ll go get ‘em next week.”