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Lutheran West 5, Brooklyn 3
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Thursday, April 7, 2011

BROOKLYN --  Lutheran West Head Baseball Coach Trey Lamb did what his dad struggled do in his first opportunity—beat Brooklyn.  For the three years that Doug Lamb was Lutheran West’s head coach (1996-1998)—and a successful one at that (43-22 and two conference titles)—his teams beat Brooklyn one time in seven tries.  After Thursday’s win, his son Trey is now 1-0 against the rival Hurricanes.

Back in Lamb’s day, Brooklyn was a powerhouse, developing several MLB early round draft picks (Clint Nagoette –P–fifth round—155 overall, Mariners 1999; Jim Kavourias—1B–fifth round—131st overall, Marlins 2000).  Every year, it seemed that LW versus Brooklyn decided the conference title.  LW won the MAC-8 in 1996; Brooklyn in 1997; LW again in 1998.  In 1998, LW drew Brooklyn in the first round of the sectional tournament despite being the number one seed in the district and lost.  Brooklyn ended up playing in the state semifinal before they finally lost.  

In the present day, beating Brooklyn means much less.  The last time LW lost to Brooklyn was in 2007.  That year was the last time LW was under.500—finishing the year at 7-13.  Since 2003, LW is 16-1 against Brooklyn.  

Last Thursday, however, Brooklyn showed to be a much improved team.  Sophomore left hander Alex Sommers kept the Longhorn offense at bay, while Longhorn senior starter Will Wagner was constantly in trouble, allowing two hits, a walk, and a run in each of the three innings he worked.  Despite having no hits into the outfield for the entire game, LW managed to squeeze out five runs off of Sommers before he tired in the fifth.   

Freshman Alex Kebbel collected two infield hits—one knocked in sophomore Eric Lewis from third in the second and the other was a perfectly executed suicide squeeze with Lewis on third in the fifth.  Freshman Aaron Geye had the biggest at-bat of the game when he hit a groundball deep in the hole between first and second and then beat out the ground ball for an RBI hit.  Two runs scored on the play as senior Nolan Grenig followed sophomore Kyle DiCapua home when Brooklyn mismanaged the play at first base.  

Junior Jake Dersi picked up the win in relief of Wagner, throwing four scoreless innings.  It took Dersi only 47 pitches to throw four innings.  It took Wagner—who struggled with his control all day—82 pitches to throw three.  
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Fri 4/1/11
W, 14-8
Thu 4/7/11
W, 5-3
Tue 4/12/11
W, 3-2
Wed 4/13/11
L, 16-5
Thu 4/14/11
L, 12-2
2011 Coach Trey Lamb
2011 through current
Biography
 

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