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2017-05-18 / Sports

Split with Lake Shore provides only win of week for Iroquois baseball squad

by JASON NADOLINSKI
Reporter


YOU CAN’T HAVE IT — East Aurora’s Adam Ramsey, right, keeps West Seneca East’s Tyler Arndt at bay during the Blue Devils’ 9-8 loss to the Trojans on Friday. 
Photo by Dan NesselbushPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com YOU CAN’T HAVE IT — East Aurora’s Adam Ramsey, right, keeps West Seneca East’s Tyler Arndt at bay during the Blue Devils’ 9-8 loss to the Trojans on Friday. Photo by Dan NesselbushPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Iroquois’ baseball team came up short in its bid to close out the regular season on a strong note last week, earning just one victory in five chances to put a .500 finish in ECIC II play in real jeopardy.

The Chiefs’ only win of the week came in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader with Lake Shore, a 10-2 decision that lasted just five innings because Lake Shore’s coach conceded the game in order to ensure there was enough time to play both games. Iroquois scored nine of its runs in the second inning on just two hits; nearly half of the runs came as a result of bases-loaded walks.

Owen Greene tossed a four hitter to secure the decision on the mound for Iroquois, which dropped the nightcap, 4-2, in a game shortened to six innings because of darkness.

The Chiefs finished the second contest with seven hits and had loaded the bases multiple times, but were unable to come up with the timely hit or two necessary to take advantage of such a situation. Lake Shore, meanwhile, took advantage at the plate in the fourth inning, scoring a decisive three runs to secure the win after both teams scored a run in the third.

Iroquois’ other run came in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to make a difference in the end.

Iroquois entered Friday’s doubleheader looking to do well after dropping a heartbreaker to Sweet Home the previous afternoon, 1-0. Greene picked up two of the Chiefs’ five hits on the day, but none came at a time that could’ve made a difference in a game where the only run was scored in the seventh inning.

Andy Holcomb took the loss on the mound for Iroquois.

“Andy gave us exceptional pitching against Sweet Home, but they finally strung a couple of hits together in the seventh to get us,” coach Marv Matteson said. “We didn’t help ourselves with our poor base runner and lack of timely hitting.”

Iroquois kicked off its week on May 10 with a 6-1 loss to Williamsville South. The Chiefs once again collected just five hits on the day, which allowed them to score once in the second inning and knot the game at 1-1. South, meanwhile, tacked on two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to persevere.

“We just aren’t hitting real well right now, and South dominated because of that,” Matteson said. “We actually played pretty well except for the fact that we couldn’t string some hits together.”

Williamsville East then ended Iroquois’ week on Saturday with an 11-0 thrashing that served as one-half of a doubleheader for the Flames. The Chiefs’ bats remained cool, producing just four hits to East’s 13.

“East just murdered us,” Matteson said. “They’re the class of the league, but I still thought we could do some things. They just hit everything that day, and we’re not going to win much when we’re not getting hits ourselves. And it’s not from lack of trying; we’re doing hitting drills every day and kinds of things to try and get them, but we’re just not for whatever reason.”

The Chiefs (5-6 division) were slated to close out league play Tuesday against Amherst before facing Frontier in non-league action Wednesday night prior to the postseason seeding meeting, but information was not available at press time for either contest. Iroquois’ initial playoff opponent was also unknown as The Bee went to press.

“We’ve had some poor base running lately, so we need to fix that because base running is one of those things we pride ourselves on,” Matteson said. “We’ve got to try to find ways to push runs across, especially when we load the bases. And we’ve got to field well behind our pitchers too.”

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