Lyle-Pacelli's Jordan Hart delivers against Mabel-Canton's Jon Selness during the first inning at Marcusen Park Friday. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Lyle-Pacelli's Jordan Hart delivers against Mabel-Canton's Jon Selness during the first inning at Marcusen Park Friday. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Athletics get a split against Mabel-Canton

Published 11:24pm Friday, May 2, 2014

The Lyle-Pacelli baseball team hit a major high, but it was followed by a low as it split a doubleheader with Mabel-Canton (2-3 overall, 2-2 SEC) in Marcusen Park Friday.

Lyle-Pacelli's Braden Kocer gets the force out against Mabel-Canton Saturday at Marcusen Park Friday. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Lyle-Pacelli’s Braden Kocer gets the force out against Mabel-Canton Saturday at Marcusen Park Friday. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

LP (5-4 overall, 4-1 SEC) won the first game 3-2 when Matt Kasel came through with a walk-off hit, but the Athletics dropped the nightcap 7-3.

LP was in trouble in the first game after the Cougars scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead, but Kasel delivered with at two-out, two-run double into deep left field that gave LP a win. The rally started Daniel Bollingberg singled and stole second base and MC intentionally walked Jordan Hart with two outs to pitch to Kasel.

“I was kind of scared that we were going to drop our heads, but we stayed in it,” Kasel said. “They walked Jordan Hart in front of me and that really ticked me off. I let her rip and we got the ‘W.’ I was in a pretty big slump and that gave me a confidence boost.”

Unfortunately for the Athletics (5-4 overall, 4-1 SEC) they didn’t have very many big hits on the dayas they only scored more than one run in an inning once all day.

“We’re just not getting people on base and we can’t do anything without people on base. We couldn’t get a rally going,” LP head coach Brock Meyer said. “They outplayed us and they deserved probably both of those games. I think we’re better than this team, but we didn’t show it tonight.”

LP had recently played against Hayfield pitcher Drew Streightiff and Southland’s Lukas Anderson and the team had a little trouble adjusting going back to SEC pitching.

“Our last few games we’d seen the two best pitchers we’ll probably see all season and they both threw in the 80s,” Kasel said. “These guys through in the 60s and it was a big difference. We didn’t adjust well to it.”

MC 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 — 2 3 2

LP 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 — 3 6 3

LP pitching: Jordan Hart (W), 7 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 R, 2 ER, 11 K, 1 HBP

LP hitting: Daniel Bollingberg, 2-for-4, RBI, R, SB; Jordan Cotter, 0-for-4; Hart, 1-for-3, R, BB; Matt Kasel, 1-for-4, double, 2 RBIs, SB; Lee Bauer, 0-for-3; Kevin Juenger, 0-for-2, BB; Lucas Klabunde, 1-for-2, R, BB; Braden Kocer, 1-for-3; Shayan, Qureshi, 0-for-3

MC 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 — 7 11 1

LP 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 — 3 7 2

LP pitching: Juenger (L), 1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER; Cotter, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 5 ER, 5 K

LP hitting: Bollingberg, 1-for-3, R, SB, HBP; Hart, 2-for-4, double, RBI, SB; Kasel, 1-for-3, RBI, HBP; Bauer, 1-for-4; Patrick Murphy, 0-for-3; Klabunde, 0-for-3; Kocer, 2-for-3, R; Isaac Kraushaar, 0-for-1; Qureshi, 0-for-2


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