Saints stop Rebels

Published 9:11 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

Southland catcher Lukas Anderson looks for the ball as Chris Bambenek scores in the first inning of the Rebels' 7-3 loss in Adams Monday. -- Rocky Hulne/

ADAMS — The majority of the Southland bats went cold as the Rebels baseball team had a six-game winning streak snapped in a 7-3 loss to Saint Charles (11-8 overall) in Adams Monday.

Southland (14-4 overall) tied the game at three when Alan May scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth, but Josh Nicklay drilled a two-run homer over the left field fence to put Saint Charles up for good in the top of the sixth.

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“There were some of us that just seemed like we were flat as a pancake and we didn’t have any fire at all,” Southland head coach Scott Retterath said. “When you’re in the conference hunt and you’ve got no fire at a baseball game, I don’t understand that.”

Southland had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but it couldn’t get a hit. As a team, the Rebels had just six hits, and three of those came from freshman catcher Lukas Anderson, who also knocked in a run.

Southland pitcher Tom Sheely goes through his delivery during a 7-3 loss to Saint Charles in Adams Monday. -- Rocky Hulne/

“You’re not going to win many ball games with six hits and three runs this time of year, no matter how good your pitcher throws,” Retterath said.

Southland senior pitcher Tom Sheely allowed a solo homer to Cole Small in the first inning to make it 3-0 St. Charles, but Sheely recovered by retiring 12 of the next 14 hitters he saw.

Southland escaped a jam in the fifth when Alan May caught a line drive and tagged second for a double play, but the Saints eventually got to Sheely in the last two innings.

“Sometimes (Sheely) was dropping down on his curve ball and it was floating and it wasn’t breaking,” Retterath said. “When that happens, you can see the ball and they’re going to hit and they did.”

Soutlhland’s Adam Kiefer sat the game out with a sore hamstring.

SC 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 — 7 10 3

Southland 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 — 3 6 3

Southland pitching: Tom Sheely (L), 7 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 K

Southland hitting: Alan May, 1-for-4, double, RBI, 2 R, SB; Lukas Anderson, 3-for-4, RBI, SB; Trevor Emanuel, 0-for-3, BB; Josh Landherr, 1-for-4; Tyler Kressin, 0-for-3, SB, BB; Grant Hegge, 0-for-4; Drew Loecher, 0-for-2, BB; Sheely, 1-for-3, R; Lee Kloeckner, 0-for-3