Lonsdale’s Pint Fans 9 in 10-0 Win Over Faribault
My book had Isaac Pint, right handed pitcher for the Lonsdale Aces with a no-hitter in a 8 inning 10-0 win over the Faribault Lakers in Lonsdale Wednesday night. The two teams entered the game tied for third place in the DRS League standings in this final week of the shortened amateur baseball season.
The one hit granted the Lakers by the official scorer was a fly ball to left field off the bat of left handed batting Matt Lane in the first inning on a 2-2 count. The left fielder started in on the ball late, caught it and then dropped it. I marked an error in my scorebook but that is not official.
The Lakers had their chances early to put a crooked number on the board. In that first inning following the error or hit depending on the scorer Joey Grote was hit by a pitch and Mike Carpentier drew a four pitch walk to load the bases with one out. Pint got Dylan Valentyn to strike out looking on a 2-2 count and Porter Sartor swinging on a 1-2 count to end the threat.
In the bottom of the first Lane hit Aces lead hitter Marty Kalina. Kalina went to second base on a wild pitch. Next batter Ross Beemer hit a grounder to shortstop which scored Kalina on an errant throw to first base. Beemer was caught trying to steal. Lane then coaxed a ground out and fly out to end the inning.
The start of the second inning looked promising for Faribault also when Jake Stocker had a four pitch walk to start the inning. Adam Kline put down a bunt to move Stocker to second base. Stocker moved to third base on a wild pitch in the at bat to number nine hitter in the order Willie Von Ruden. Von Ruden eventually walked to place runners at the corners with one out.
Lakers lead hitter Danny Pierce flew out to center. Lane hit the ball well to left with Kalina just reaching up at the last instant to snare it when it looked like it was going to make it over his head.
From that point on Kalina was lights out good. Through the first two inning he threw 41 pitches, 18 strikes with 3 walks and a hit batsman but no runs allowed.
From the third inning through the 7th he retired 17 straight batters before a walk to Von Ruden to open the 8th inning.
Pint finished the game throwing 116 pitches through 8 innings, no hits in my book, 1 hit in official book and 9 strikeouts, 4 walks, a hit batter.
Lane went the first 5 plus innings allowing 4 hits with one strikeout, two walks, two hit batters. The veteran right hander threw 72 pitches, 49 for strikes. When he left the game the bases were full in the bottom of the 6th with no outs following a single, walk, single. Joe Grote came to the hill in relief, struck out the first batter. Devan Vosejpka hammered a 2-1 count pitch to left field for a 2 RBI double.
Grote got the second out of the inning on a strikeout. Number nine Lonsdale hitter Jordan Yetzer hit a grounder and was safe on an error scoring Ryan Roby to close the book on Lane. Kline made an outstanding play on the ball but the throw to first went wide so it could have been ruled a hit and error.
Kalina walked, Beemer hit a grounder resulting in another error allowing a run to score and the next batter also reached safely on an error with a run scoring. 7 runs in the 6th broke the game open for the Aces on 3 hits and my book had three Lakers errors which all came with two outs.
Lonsdale Lead-off batter Kalina was on base 4 of the 5 times he was up with 3 runs scorred. He was hit by a pitch and walked twice before smacking a double to open the 8th inning.
Beemer was on base 3 of the 5 times he was in the batter's box with a single. He reached safely due to errors twice.
Number 3 hitter Zach Breedan was on base 4 of the 5 times he came to bat. Breedan had 3 singles and was safe on an error. He led the 4th and 6th innings off with singles off Lane and his single in the 8th inning scored the 10th run to end the game via the mercy rule.
Roby was on base 3 of 4 times. Two singles and a hit batsman.
Zach Van Thomme finished the game on the hill for the Lakers.
These were my line totals for the game:
Faribault 0 runs 0 hits 4 errors
Lonsdale 10 runs 10 hits 1 error
The Lakers final regular season game is Friday night at home against New Prague. First pitch 7:30 p.m.
The Aces finish their season at St. Patrick Saturday at 2:00 p.m.