Mistakes costly at FSCC tournament

The beat goes on for the Lousiburg Bombers, unfortunately, the notes are sour as the Bombers fell four more times over the weekend at Fort Scott Community College. The Bombers dropped their first game of the weekend tournament to Pittsburg Post 64 by a 10-0 count and then fell to Lee’s Summit by a score of 8-4. Both games were played on Friday, June 11, 2010.

On Sunday, June 13, 2010 the Bombers returned to Fort Scott to play the Butler County Cubs, falling 14-6 and the Vinita, Oklahoma, Hornets who prevailed by a score of 13-7. The losses kept the Bombers winless on the season with a 0-10 record.

“I thought we played pretty well for most of the game against Post 64,” said Dan Henderson, Bombers Head Coach. “We struggled a bit on the mound in the third inning, allowing them to string together some hits which resulted in six of their 10 runs.”

Indeed, the Bombers did play Post 64 tough through the first two innings, trailing just 3-0, but Pittsburg put six on the board on the third, and it was all over but the shouting. Post 64 added a single run in the top of the sixth to make the score 10-0.

The Bombers continue to have trouble at the plate, picking up just three hits in the game, Adam Henderson and Christian Richards each had hits for the Bombers. Louisburg was not without base runners though, as five players walked in the game, including two by Clark Gregory, and one each from Bradey Drew, Dustin Ohlmeier and Ryan Otto, who also added a stole base for the Bombers. Nick Chapman was hit by a pitch in the game. Three of the Bombers runners were gunned down trying to steal as Drew, Gregory and Ohlmeier all were caught stealing. The Bombers recorded four errors in the game.

“Overall it was a well played game,” Henderson said. “We just couldn’t put enough hits together to push runs across when we had the opportunities.”

In the second game on Friday, the Bombers fell victim to a Lee’s Summit offensive attack that scored three runs in each of the first two innings. The Bombers got just three hits, but scored four runs with the aid of three walks and three batters being hit by a pitch. The Bombers also made the most out of their hits, as Keagan Chapman and Bradey Drew each had extra base hits with a double and a triple respectively. Jesse Morland added a single to the Bombers hitting attack. Once again multiple errors cost the Bombers as they were charged with four errors as a team.

On the hill, Adam Henderson went five innings and took the loss, giving up nine hits, issuing two walks and striking out four. Clark Gregory pitched two innings giving up four hits, but handing out five walks with no strike outs.

“Defensively, we cam out flat to start the game and ended up giving them way too many outs early on,” Henderson said. “I thought we settled in and played much better baseball after giving up six runs in the first two innings.”

The Bombers returned to Fort Scott on Sunday to finish out the tournament and were immediately faced with a schedule change as their scheduled opponent Mauer’s Athletics did not show up for their game, so the Bombers were matched up with the Butler County Cubs in their first game on Sunday.

“The Cubs are a ‘Major’ level team and loaded with talent,” Henderson said. “They have some college players along with a roster full of 18 year olds, they averaged over 14 hits per game throughout the tournament and hung 12 on us.”

As has been their M.O. for the past few games, the Bombers fell behind early, and gave up a big inning in the process, as the Cubs scored seven runs in the first inning and after two complete innings were behind 9-0.

“Big innings seemed to be our nemesis over the weekend,” Henderson said. “Our starting pitcher had control issues to start the game and Butler took advantage early and often scoring seven runs in their half of the first.”

Keagan Chapman started the game and took the loss, giving up four hits and seven runs in just two thirds of an inning. The Cubs had two walks and two hit batters during Chapman’s stint on the mound. Jesse Morland came on in relief, and worked the remaining four and one third innings. He also gave up seven runs on four hits while giving up three bases on balls and hitting five batters.

“Jesse Morland came on in relief and pitched the rest of the game,” Henderson said. “I thought he pitched a great game against a very good ball team. It was good to see Jesse come out and play summer baseball after taking the spring season off to pursue his other passion -- golf!”

By the time the Bombers were able to break through and put some runs on the board, they found themselves behind 12-0, as the Cubs put three more runs on the board in the top of the second. In the bottom of the inning the Bombers scored four runs to cut the deficit to eight runs at 12-4. The teams traded runs in the fourth inning as each pushed across two runs making the final score 14-6.

In the final game of a long weekend of baseball, the Bombers were matched up against the Hornets, from the Vinita, Oklahoma Legion. Louisburg again fell behind, and tried to battle back late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the long day of playing in the heat and humidity.

“I don’t know why, but we just seemed to fall apart in the fifth inning,” Henderson said. “Maybe it was the heat and humidity, but we made too many mental mistakes and made too many costly errors which handed them the ballgame.”

The Bombers scored four runs on seven hits, gettting three walks and having two batters (Drew and Stuteville) hit by pitches. Taylor Caskey, Dustin Ohlmeier and Stuteville each had singles, and Adam Henderson banged out a triple in the contest. Christian Richards and Cole Whittmeier each had stolen bases in the contest.

On the mound, Clark Gregory started and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks with one strike out, Adam Henderson came on in relief, pitching two and two two-thirds innings giving up four runs on three hits with no walks and a strike out, he took the loss in the game. Ryan Otto pitched an inning and a third, giving up seven runs on two hits with a walk and a strike out.

“We battled back in the sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough to offset the defensive mistakes made earlier in the game,” Henderson said. “We can’t make the kind of mistakes we did in this game and expect to win.”

The Bombers will again try and get in their home opener on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 as they are scheduled to play the Lawrence Raiders in a doubleheader at Lewis Young Park in Louisburg. A week ago the Bombers home opener against Garnett was rained out and rescheduled, there is a good chance for rain again this Tuesday.

“Weather permitting we might just get our first home game in on Tuesday against Lawrence Post 14.” Henderson said. “We used a lot of arms over the weekend at FSCC, so we’re going to need some of the younger players to step up and eat some innings.”