Facing Lutheran South in the Class 4 District 3 semifinals Saturday, the Pacific baseball Indians’ season ended with a 4-0 loss.
The Indians (8-9) were unable to solve Lutheran South (19-8-1) starting pitcher Austin Cheeley. Cheeley pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits while striking out eight.
Pacific was only able to advance a runner to third base once.
“Overall, I was very happy with the way our kids competed,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “Our offense struggled, we faced a pretty good arm and only mustered five hits. We had one ball that hit the side of the mound that might have gotten up the middle to score a run but their shortstop made a great play.”
Lutheran South scored a pair of runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Dan Floyd that scored Richie Minda and Dan Taylor.
The Lancers added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Taylor and Floyd.
Pacific finished with five hits — all singles — in the contest.
Jobe Courtney had two hits, while Matt Strong, Joey Casey and William Green all had one.
Strong and Casey both stole a base.
Courtney was Pacific’s starting pitcher and went 4.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
“I thought Jobe pitched great,” Reed said. “He was keeping hitters off balanced and letting our defense work. If we could have made a couple of more plays behind him, we could have held them to just two runs.”
Michael Bennett pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Taylor and Floyd both had two hits for the Lancers.
Brandon Hager and Justin Budrovich both had one.
Taylor and Minda each scored two runs.
Floyd had three RBIs, while Taylor had one.
Minda and Sam Lombard each walked.
Hager was hit by a pitch.
Budrovich and Minda both stole a base.
Reed said he was sad to see his seniors’ — Bennett, Justen Ehlts, Jake Meininger, Lucas Vandaveer and Matt Albers — careers end.
“We are going to miss our seniors and would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our program.”