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Lutheran West 5, Clearview 3
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, April 2, 2019   |  box score


Lutheran West grabbed a big win in comeback fashion last night, scoring five runs in the last three innings to stun the visiting Clearview Clippers 5-3.  West was down 3-0 in the fourth, when they scored a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, and another in the fifth to steal the win from the Clippers. 

Going into the fourth, West had only managed one hit—and that was an infield pop-up that should have been caught.  But after giving up three runs in the top of the inning, the Longhorn bats came alive.  After junior Tyler Robinson worked a walk, he moved to second and scored on junior Ryan Szczepinski’s base hit into left center.  Then in the fifth, junior Jeremiah Stover—who had reached on an error—and junior Hunter Albers—who had walked—both scored when Robinson hit a mammoth double to the left center gap.  Senior Jake Albrecht singled through the right side of the infield with a well placed ground ball, and then Szczepinski gathered his third hit—and second RBI—of the day with a screaming line drive over the head of the second baseman to plate Robinson. 

The Longhorns scored an completely undeserved insurance run in the sixth on a walk and three errors.

Senior John Smolik (W, 1-1) started for the Longhrons and spent the entire day working out of trouble.  In the first, Clearview got runners on second and third with no outs.  Smolik struck out the next two batters and coaxed a soft come-backer to keep Clearview from scoring. In the second, two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out, but Smolik struckout the Clearview leadoff hitter and got a ground out to Robinson at short to end that threat unscathed.  In the third, Clearview left runners on first and third and didn’t score.  

All this forced Smolik’s pitch count to soar, so after he got touched up for three runs in the fourth on a walk, a double, a walk, and a two out seeing-eye single through the hole between third and short, Smolik found his pitch count over 90.  But Smolik wasn’t interested in coming out of the game, and pitched a scoreless fifth—including striking out the side—before he was done. 

Zach Hammer-Huber pitched the sixth and seventh for the Longhorns, walking two, but generally pitching to contact quite effectively.  Clearview sent the first four hitters in their line up to the plate and only managed a walk, two routine flyballs to sophomore Trey DeCicco in center, and a strikeout against the sophomore. Hammer-Huber made easy work of the Clippers in the seventh, on a ground ball to short, a walk, a grounder to second, and a can-of-corn to DeCicco in center to end the game. 

The Longhorns look to take the season series from the Clippers with they go on the road for the first time this year tomorrow.  
First pitch is scheduled for 5pm. 

Tue 3/26
W, 5-3
Wed 3/27
L, 22-6
Thu 3/28
L, 21-1
Mon 4/1
Tue 4/2
W, 5-3
Wed 4/3
W, 9-8
Thu 4/4
L, 9-2
Mon 4/8
W, 20-1
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