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Lutheran West 7, Keystone 4
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017   |  box score

KEYSTONE --  The Lutheran West baseball team won a game at Penfield Park for the first time since 2009—and just the second time since the inception of the Patriot Athletic Conference in 2005-06, defeating the host Keystone Wildcats 7-4 on Wednesday.  West is now 5-0 overall (3-0 in PAC play) for the first time in 8 years.

In its fifth game, the Longhorns started their fifth different pitcher and got their fifth straight quality start.  In each game so far in the 2017 campaign, West’s starting pitcher threw at least five innings and allowed three or less earned runs.  Last night, the starter was Owen Albers (W, 1-0), who faced likely the most potent offensive lineup that LW has seen yet this year.  Keystone was coming off of back-to-back victories over perennial PAC powerhouse Firelands in which they scored 20 runs in the two games.  Albers wasn’t daunted by the numbers and shut down the Wildcats over the first five innings allowing only two runs—one earned.  When Albers tired in the sixth he allowed another pair of runs, but at that point the Longhorns were in control of the game, up 6-2 when the inning started.

The key for the Longhorns in the game was the third inning when they scored four times.  After a walk to junior Jeremy Geye and a base hit from senior Josh Cales to start the frame, Albers laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit to load the bases.  After a strikeout, a sacrifice fly from junior Rory Zakareckis to score Geye, and a walk to senior Scottie Berghaus to reload the bases, junior Michael Berghaus came through with a huge two-out, bases-clearing double in the left center gap to put Lutheran West in the lead for good 4-1.

After Keystone scratched out a run in the fourth to close the gap to 4-2, the Longhorns responded with two runs of their own in the sixth to put the game away.  Berghaus reached on an error and senior Tristan Zimmer walked to start the inning.  While everyone expected head coach Trey  Lamb to ask junior catcher Alex Gavlak to bunt to move the runners into scoring position, Lamb caught everyone off guard by reaching into his bag of tricks and put on the double steal to move the runners to second and third.  Berghaus got a huge jump off second and senior pinch runner Nat Marvel—running for Zimmer--easily moved up behind him.  Gavlak then made Lamb look even more brilliant by lining the next pitch into center for an RBI single.  Marvel would score on an RBI ground out from Cales later in the inning.

Zimmer pitched around a leadoff double the bottom of the seventh to earn his first save of the year.

West will host Firelands in its next game on Thursday if the weather holds up.
 
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Tue 3/28/17
W, 6-2
Wed 3/29/17
W, 9-1
Mon 4/3/17
W, 10-1
Tue 4/4/17
W, 8-3
Wed 4/5/17
W, 7-4
Mon 4/10/17
W, 10-1
Tue 4/11/17
W, 4-3
Thu 4/13/17
W, 9-3
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