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Columbia 4, Lutheran West 3
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Tuesday, April 16, 2019   |  box score

COLUMBIA --  Columbia 4, LW 3

Lutheran West fell to rival Columbia in a tight ball game last night, falling 4-3 after leading in the bottom of the sixth inning.  A win would have put LW in the drivers seat for the conference title, but with the loss, the Longhorns face a must win at home against the Raiders tonight.

The game boiled down to one at bat—Lutheran West senior ace John Smolik verses Columbia #3 hitter Carson Heidecker.  Smolik (L, 1-2) struck Heidecker out in the first with a 3-2 fastball, and intentionally walked him with a base open in the third and the fifth innings.  But when Heidecker came to the plate in the sixth, the bases were loaded with two outs.  Smolik, attempting to get a head of Heidecker with a curve ball on the first pitch, hung the curve and Heidecker—out on his front foot—hooked the ball down the third base line for a two run double to put Columbia up 4-3.

West had taken the lead in the top of the sixth by scoring three runs off Columbia starter Nick Milluzi.  Milluzi had costed through eh first five innings, allowing only one runner to second base.  The Longhorns got a one out single from junior Mike Montie, an error on a ground ball from junior Tyler Robinson, and a sharp single up the middle from senior Jake Albrecht to load the bases.  Junior Ryan Szczepinski drew a four pitch walk to bring in Montie with LW’s first run and knock Milluzi from the game.  Sophomore Trey DeCicco plated Robinson with LW’s second run with a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at 2.  Two consecutive walks to Smolik and then to junior Hunter Albers put LW up 3-2.

West went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game.
 
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Tue 3/26
W, 5-3
Wed 3/27
L, 22-6
Thu 3/28
L, 21-1
Mon 4/1
Postponed
Tue 4/2
W, 5-3
Wed 4/3
W, 9-8
Thu 4/4
L, 9-2
Mon 4/8
W, 20-1
Tue 4/9
W, 10-1
Thu 4/11
W, 5-0
Fri 4/12
W, 11-9
Mon 4/15
Postponed
Tue 4/16
L, 4-3
Wed 4/17
L, 14-13
Thu 4/18
L, 7-6
Tue 4/23
W, 15-10
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