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Columbia 2, Lutheran West 1
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, May 6, 2014   |  box score

ROCKY RIVER --  Lutheran West squandered a superb pitching performance from senior Greg Kunze and several opportunities to win the game, falling to rival Columbia for the second straight night. This time it was in cruel fashion, falling 2-1 in 9 innings.  West had multiple chances to win the game and climb back into the conference race, but failed to come through with men in scoring position.

The first opportunity to win came in the bottom of the seventh when West had the bases loaded and one out.  An infield pop-up from senior Eric Szczepinski was the second out.  But even more crushing was when sophomore Tim Gettinger ripped a ground ball down the first base line that appeared to be headed to the outfield as the game winning hit.  Columbia’s first base man dove, snagged the ball, and then beat Gettinger by a step to first base to end the inning. 

West threatened again the next inning, with the winning run on second with only one out, only to have two ground balls end the threat.
The decisive run scored by Columbia in the ninth inning had no business scoring.  A leadoff walk, always an issue in a tight game, a steal, a passed ball, and a sac fly put Columbia in the lead for good.

With the loss it would take a miracle for Lutheran West to earn a share of the conference title. West is now 9-6 in conference play.  Columbia is now 9-2.
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
Mon 5/5/14
L, 8-0
Tue 5/6/14
L, 2-1
Thu 5/8/14
L, 8-7
Fri 5/9/14
W, 10-0
Fri 5/16/14
W, 10-0
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