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Wellington 1, Lutheran West 0
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Thursday, April 26, 2018   |  box score

WELLINGTON --  Lutheran West lost a heart-breaker last night, falling to Wellington on the road 1-0 in nine innings.  Senior Jeremy Geye (0-3) was magnificent, throwing 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball before being forced to leave the game thanks to OHSAA’s pitch count rule.  Two pitches after he left the game, Wellington hit a squib single up the middle to score the game’s lone run.

The bottom of the ninth started with a single to Wellington’s eighth hitter, Ben Bliss.  Bliss moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a ground ball to Longhorn sophomore shortstop Tyler Robinson that should have been the second out, but was thrown away.  Longhorn junior first baseman John Smolik did, however, keep the ball from getting away forcing Bliss to remain at third.  Geye got an infield popup for the second out, but hit the following batter to load the bases. Geye was forced to be replaced, as he was at 124 pitches, one shy of the OHSAA maximum for pitchers in one game.  Longhorn ace John Smolik was brought on in relief.  Ben Higgins, Wellington’s fourth hitter, then hit a slow bouncer out behind second that made it through Robinson ranging to his left at shortstop to end the game.

West had plenty of chances to break through offensively.  The Longhorns hit into three double plays and stranded a runner in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.  The most painful of those was in the seventh, when senior Owen Albers led off the inning with a single and immediately stole second. But senior Rory Zakareckis, senior Alex Gavlak, and junior Jake Albrecht all struck out to end the inning.

West looks to rebound on Friday when they host Buckeye in what now is a must-win.  West is clinging to ½ game lead in the PAC Stripes Division.
 
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Tue 3/27/18
L, 15-4
Wed 3/28/18
L, 10-2
Tue 4/10/18
W, 10-6
Wed 4/11/18
L, 11-1
Thu 4/12/18
W, 12-2
Fri 4/13/18
L, 3-2
Sat 4/14/18
W, 7-2
Thu 4/19/18
W, 11-1
Fri 4/20/18
W, 15-2
Mon 4/23/18
W, 9-7
Tue 4/24/18
W, 11-1
Thu 4/26/18
L, 1-0
Mon 4/30/18
W, 3-1
Tue 5/1/18
W, 17-14
Wed 5/2/18
L, 14-11
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