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Fairview 6, Lutheran West 4
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Friday, April 25, 2014   |  box score

FAIRVIEW --  Lutheran West’s PAC-12 title hopes were dealt a crushing blow when LW lost to Fairview 6-4 last night in the freezing cold at Bohlken Park.  West made a push late in the game, but came up short, giving Fairview only their third win in 11 games.  West falls to 7-5.

After beating Clearview twice early in the week, LW looked to be rolling in conference play at 6-2.  But a close loss to Buckeye yesterday and a loss to Fairview today, drop LW to 6-4 in conference. This puts them in a position where they likely need to win all of their last six conference games to have a chance to bring home the conference crown.

The game started ugly almost immediately as West gift wrapped three runs and handed them to Fairview in the first.  With two outs and runners on first and second, Fairview centerfielder Tyler Cain singled to left. Freshman leftfielder Josh Cales threw a perfect throw to catcher junior Sam Jakabcic at the plate who was waiting at home for Jason Sassano, the Fairview runner from third.  The throw was so far ahead of Sassano that he stopped and tried to get in a rundown.  Jakabcic promptly airmailed the throw into left field allowing Sassano to turn around and score and the inning to continue.  The next Fairview hitter drilled a double to left center to plate two more runs.
West scored twice in the second inning, but it could have been more.  With sophomore Tommy Walker on first with no one out, senior Joe Peters drilled a double to the gap in right.  Walker attempted to score from first—and appeared to be well under the tag at home—but was pumped out at the plate by the umpire for the first out of the inning.  Freshman Scott Berghaus knocked in Peters with a single and then Cales knocked in Berghaus with a single to right.

The game ended in controversial fashion.  With two outs and the bases loaded, thanks to a single from Peters, a walk to senior Noah Potantus, and an infield single from Jakabcic, Cales hammered a ball to the left center gap.  Immediately, Longhorn fans assumed that the hit was for extra bases.  The Fairview left fielder, however, came from nowhere, and, diving, appeared to catch the ball.  The umpires, who had not moved from the infield, were in no position to determine if a catch was in fact made or if the outfielder had simply fallen on top of the ball and simply picked it up as he rolled over on the ground.

Senior Eric Szczepinski and senior Collin McCartney both had two-out RBI hits in the sixth to close the gap to 6-4.
Mon 3/31/14
L, 12-0
Tue 4/1/14
W, 13-3
Tue 4/8/14
W, 14-1
Wed 4/9/14
L, 5-4
Thu 4/10/14
L, 24-0
Fri 4/11/14
W, 10-6
Mon 4/14/14
W, 13-3
Thu 4/17/14
W, 4-2
Tue 4/22/14
W, 4-2
Wed 4/23/14
W, 4-2
Thu 4/24/14
L, 5-3
Fri 4/25/14
L, 6-4
Tue 4/29/14
W, 4-3
Thu 5/1/14
W, 5-3
Fri 5/2/14
W, 13-9
2014 Coach Trey Lamb
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