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Lutheran West 8, Wickliffe 3
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Thursday, May 10, 2018   |  box score

WICKLIFFE --  Lutheran West Baseball brought home the Sectional championship for the second straight year as the Longhorns knocked off host Wickliffe 8-3 on Thursday.  Junior John Smolik (W, 3-0) was in control the entire game, throwing all seven innings and striking out 11 while only allowing eight baserunners throughout the game.

The key play came in the fifth.  With Lutheran West clinging to a 5-3 game and Wickliffe having already scored twice in the inning and runners on first and third and only one out, Smolik got Wickliffe #3 hitter Dylan Ward to bounce into an inning ending double play on a ground ball to sophomore second baseman Jeremiah Stover.  Stover, who had entered the game to replace injured senior first baseman Alex Gavlak when he twisted his ankle, scooped up the grounder, flipped it to senior Owen Albers, who stepped on second and then fired to senior Michael Berghaus (who had moved to first after the injury to Gavlak earlier in the game).  That got Smolik out of the inning and kept LW up 5-3.

The Longhorns tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh on a single by junior Jake Albrecht, a beautiful sacrifice bunt from sophomore Hunter Albers, a single from Smolik—his third of the game—an RBI groundout from freshman Trey DeCicco (he reached on an error), an RBI single from senior Jeremy Geye, and a single from Berghaus.  A bases-loaded walk to senior Rory Zakareckis plated the Longhorns third and final run of the inning.

The game started well for the Longhorns when Geye singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out to the right side by Owen Albers and scored on a triple over the head of the right fielder off the bat of Zakareckis.

West added a run in the second when Smolik singled up the middle to score Albrecht. Three more in the fourth, an RBI single from Geye and a two-run single from Gavlak put LW up 5-0.

The Longhorns advance to play #4 state ranked Elyria Catholic in the District Tournament at Lakewood High School next Wednesday.  LW upset EC last year in the same game.
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
Thu 5/3/18
L, 13-2
Fri 5/4/18
W, 11-0
Mon 5/7/18
L, 16-4
Wed 5/9/18
W, 28-0
Thu 5/10/18
W, 8-3
Mon 5/14/18
W, 4-1
Wed 5/16/18
L, 3-2
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