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Firelands 10, Lutheran West 0
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Thursday, April 16, 2015   |  box score

ROCKY RIVER --  Lutheran West’s awful week continued Thursday with another one sided defeat, this time to Firelands, and this time 10-0.  West wasted a strong pitching performance from freshman Owen Albers, who was tagged for all 10 runs—only four earned—in his first start of the year.  Albers was excellent until the fifth when he—and his defense—fell apart to the tune of seven runs—two earned—on five hits and three errors.
 
While the ugliness of the week is hard to get past, the Longhorns have now finished a third of the season, and there are several reasons for Longhorn fans to feel optimistic about their team.  First of all, West’s freshmen have been better than advertised.  Matt Brosky and Albers have both had strong starts on the mound against two of the best teams in the PAC.  Albers has been excellent at third base and, while Brosky has struggled with back pain all year, both have been among LW’s best hitters all year.  Brosky is hitting .375 and Albers .357.

Secondly, junior Tommy Walker can rake.  Walker is currently hitting .562, with nine hits in 16 at bats, including three doubles.  Everyone knew that he was projected to be West’s ace, but not many realized what a bat he has.

Third, senior Nick Gambetta has developed into a real #2 pitcher behind Walker.  Gambetta has been the main pitcher in two games this year and both games he put LW in position to win, allowing only 3 earned runs in roughly 7 innings pitched in those two games.

Finally, the Longhorns seem to be beginning to adjust to the speed of the varsity game.  With four sophomores and three freshmen in LW’s starting lineup, it should not be surprising that LW has struggled at times.  Yet the observant fan has begun to notice growth—periods of the game where West plays right on the level of much more experienced, mature opponents.
  
All these things will hopefully add up to a strong second portion of the season for the Longhorns.  Tomorrow they will play their fifth game in five days and will start—for the third time in as many games—yet another freshman pitcher, this time Rory Zakarekis
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Mon 3/30/15
W, 9-3
Wed 4/1/15
L, 1-0
Wed 4/8/15
W, 3-2
Mon 4/13/15
Suspended
Tue 4/14/15
L, 17-7
Tue 4/14/15
L, 4-2
Wed 4/15/15
L, 11-1
Thu 4/16/15
L, 10-0
Fri 4/17/15
L, 5-3
Mon 4/20/15
W, 8-4
Tue 4/21/15
L, 3-1
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