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Lutheran West 8, Columbia 6
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, April 26, 2016   |  box score

ROCKY RIVER --  Lutheran West survived the brutal cold and a terrible inning, as junior Scottie Berghaus came through in the clutch and the Longhorns swept the season series from Columbia for the first time since 2010.  The Longhorns almost blew a gutty performance from sophomore Matt Brosky (W, 5-1), but Berghaus delivered the big hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Lutheran West despite the frigid weather.
If the weather had been a bit warmer, the game would likely be described as “wild”.  But with the wind whipping off the lake and blowing straight in from left and the temperature falling to the mid-forties over the course of the game, the only word that can accurately be used to describe the game is “cold”.

Brosky was not, for one, intimidated by the weather.  Brosky was in trouble early, but never broke.  In the first inning, a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch with no one out led to only one run. In the second, Columbia managed only one more run, despite another hit-by-pitch, a walk, and an error. Ironically, in that inning, Columbia never managed to get a ball past Brosky on the mound as he fielded three ground balls—one of which he threw into centerfield and one of which was turned into double play to end the inning.

The fifth inning was almost—through no fault of his own—his undoing.  LW led 6-2 at the start of the inning.  In the inning, West committed four errors—two of which were made on ground balls—and a passed ball that led to four Raider runs.  Only one of the runs was earned in the inning, but Brosky, who gave up four hits in the inning, stranded runners on second and third and left the inning with the score tied.

The game really was won in the sixth inning.  In the top of the sixth, with the score tied at 6, Columbia leadoff hitter Jesse Lambert led off the inning with a solid single up the middle.  Lambert quickly stole second on the first pitch to put himself in scoring position.  As Lambert took off for third on the pitch, Cody Schwartz, Columbia’s #2 hitter, hit a deep fly to Longhorn junior centerfielder Josh Cales.  Cales tracked the ball down, and as Lambert tried to sprint back to second, threw the ball in to senior Tim Gettinger who was covering second.  Cales’ throw beat Lambert back to the base by a split second, but it was only because Gettinger was able to use every inch of his 6’6” frame to stretch, catch the ball, and remain on the base to get the double play.

In the bottom of the sixth, West got the big hit it needed from Berghaus to take the lead for the final time. Sophomore Owen Albers started the inning with his third hit on the day. Senior Tommy Walker hit a laser beam to left center right into the teeth of the wind that was caught by the Columbia’s centerfielder Lambert at the lip of the entrance to the Jochum Auditorium basement.  Brosky followed with a line drive single to center in front of Lambert to move Albers to second.  After collecting the ball from his fielders, Columbia pitcher Jordan DeLisle turned his back on Albers who was leading off second.  Albers took off for third and in the confusion ended up safe at third.  It was a daring play by Albers—and a risky one for sure—but it worked out for the Longhorns.  On the next pitch, sophomore Rory Zakareckis hit a soft line drive that was snared by Columbia’s third baseman for the second out. 

In the past West has had great success with the double steal.  Brosky on first broke for second in an effort to get in a run down while Albers scored from third.  But Columbia recognized what the Longhorns were trying to pull off and threw home early, giving Brosky second base.  While Brosky scampered to second, Albers was able to get back to third and West avoided ending the inning before Berghaus had a chance to deliver.

And deliver he did, lining the second pitch of the at-bat into right to score both Albers and Brosky and put Lutheran West up for good 8-6.

Brosky, who was maybe warmed up by all the running he did on the bases, put down the Raiders in order—with two strikeouts—to end the game.

West advances to 11-4 overall and 10-2 in conference play.  The Longhorns now have a one game lead in the PAC-12 Stripes division over Clearview (8-2) and a 2.5 game lead over Columbia (7-4).  West will host Black River tonight.  Clearview travels out to Firelands.  Both games are scheduled for a 5pm start time.
Wed 3/30/16
L, 8-7
Fri 4/1/16
W, 10-9
Tue 4/5/16
W, 9-1
Wed 4/6/16
W, 7-2
Tue 4/12/16
L, 8-5
Wed 4/13/16
W, 10-3
Thu 4/14/16
W, 5-3
Fri 4/15/16
W, 5-2
Mon 4/18/16
W, 2-0
Tue 4/19/16
W, 12-2
Thu 4/21/16
W, 8-1
Fri 4/22/16
L, 10-3
Sat 4/23/16
L, 1-0
Mon 4/25/16
W, 7-0
Tue 4/26/16
W, 8-6
Wed 4/27/16
W, 4-0
Mon 5/2/16
W, 5-1
Tue 5/3/16
W, 14-1
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