Blue Jays Upset Eureka, Lose To Lafayette in Semifinals, 6-5 - The Missourian: Sports

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Blue Jays Upset Eureka, Lose To Lafayette in Semifinals, 6-5

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:45 am

Washington was three outs away from reaching the championship game of the Class 4 District 4 Baseball Tournament, but couldn’t nail down the final out.

The sixth-seeded Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning in the semifinals Monday night at Ballwin Athletic Association, but second-seeded Lafayette scored four runs in the frame to win the game, 6-5.

Lafayette (23-9-1) lost to top-seeded Parkway South (23-7) in the championship game Tuesday.

Eureka

Washington ended Eureka’s (19-7) season for the second time in the last three seasons Saturday at Eureka High School, 2-0.

Southpaw Jared Walde was in control throughout the contest to earn the win on the mound.

Walde pitched all seven innings for the shutout. He allowed five hits, two walks and hit one batter while registering four strikeouts.

“It’s by far the best game I’ve ever pitched. I wanted it so bad. No one thought we were going to win this game except our team,” Walde said. “I knew this was a big game and I needed to be ready. I looked them up and they’re all good hitters. I wanted to get them off-balance with my off-speed pitches. I was just trying to keep them off-balance and make them guess.”

Washington’s defense made plays behind Walde.

“Jared had command of all of his pitches. He worked inside and outside,” said Washington Head Coach Bray. “Jared, just like any other kid on our team, isn’t going to strike out eight, nine, 10 guys. We’re going to pitch to contact, hopefully avoid walks and let our defense play. This is a great field to play on, so there shouldn’t be any bad hops. We made every play we needed to.

“It was Jared Walde and our defense making plays. When they did get hits, we didn’t compound the problem with errors. Our kids made the plays they needed to make. That’s what we’ve been preaching to them all year.”

Walde also gave credit to WHS catcher Derek Walters.

“Derek and I have played baseball since we were in fourth grade, so we have great chemistry together,” Walde said. “I could have gone another inning if I needed to. Once the fifth inning started, I knew I was good. I knew I had enough in the tank to go all the way.”

The Blue Jays (11-13) scored single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings off Eureka lefty Adam Schnurbusch.

Mike McGilvray then laid down a squeeze bunt, which scored Brock Hopkins to make the score 1-0.

“We took a shot at it. Mike got something he could handle and got it down,” Bray said. “Hopkins took off at the right time. It just worked out for us.”

In the top of the fifth, Dilan Bollmann singled with two outs. Hopkins then hit a line drive to right field, which got past the right fielder and to the wall after a diving attempt, allowing Bollmann to score and Hopkins to reach on a triple.

“We didn’t dominate hitting the ball. But we got hits when we needed them,” Bray said. “I didn’t feel that two runs were going to be enough. After the sixth inning, I asked Jared how he felt. He said he wanted the seventh. He deserved it.”

Washington outhit Eureka, 6-5.

Hopkins (one triple) and Pete Coulter each finished with two hits. Hopkins added one RBI and one run.

Bollmann singled and scored. Luke Hasenjaeger added one hit. Dustin Howard was hit by a pitch. McGilvray had one RBI.

“One thing I can say about this group is all 20 kids who I have on this district roster are here for each other,” Bray said. “We haven’t had one problem with arguing or complaining. Everyone has accepted their role. They’re in it together.”

Lafayette

Lafayette rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Washington in the semifinals, 6-5.

“I thought we did everything we needed to do. I told the kids before the game that I’ve heard from four or five different coaches to not let the (Bill) DuPont kid beat you,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray. “With second and third, we decided to put him on base to have the force out anywhere. I don’t think there’s a coach who would go against that. His last at bat he hit it 398 feet. I think we had to put him on. From there, it just comes down to execution.”

Leading 5-3, the Blue Jays intentionally walked DuPont, the Lancers’ best hitter, to load the bases with two outs.

A walk followed by a balk tied the game, 5-5.

Lafayette then won the game on an RBI single by Nick Burdell.

Washington broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Four consecutive singles by Howard, Walde, Coulter and McGilvray accounted for the three runs.

“The kids didn’t want one run. We wanted a crooked number,” Bray said. “That’s the thinking we’ve had for the past 10 games.”

Lafayette took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Washington tied the game with single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. Luke Hasenjaeger and Howard had RBI singles.

Hasenjaeger pitched the first five innings for the Blue Jays in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Howard worked the final 1.2 frames. After striking out the side in the sixth inning, he ran into some control issues in the seventh. He allowed four runs on one hit with five walks (two intentional) and four strikeouts.

“I was expecting Luke to go three or four innings and he gave me five strong,” Bray said. “Dustin was the guy I wanted there. The guy has been coming in and closing games all year. That’s the guy I wanted. We had the situation we wanted with a three-run lead.”

Matt Goro pitched the first 6.2 innings for Lafayette. Eric Moser and Pate Williams pitched in relief.

Washington out hit Lafayette, 11-8.

McGilvray led the way with three hits (two doubles) and two RBIs.

Howard and Hasenjaeger both added two hits and one RBI. Hasenjaeger also walked.

Phil Straatmann, Hopkins, Walde and Coulter each had one hit. Coulter added one RBI. Walde also reached on an error and was hit by a pitch. Bollmann reached on an error twice.

“We lose four seniors. Those kids did a lot for us,” Bray said. “I think we’re starting to believe that these kids can play some ball.”

/

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. West, 5 p.m.

G4 Daniel Boone vs. Hannibal, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. Jackson, noon

G4 Springfield Glendale vs. Sedalia, 2:30 p.m.

G5 Eureka vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

Racing News