Vestaburg baseball team hands Lakeview two close losses

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:31 pm on Friday, May 25, 2012

Lakeview’s Garrett Cavendish, left, dives back to avoid being picked off as Vestaburg’s Mason Darmody waits for the ball during the teams’ first game Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s baseball team continues to have problems getting wins.

The Wildcats lost a nonconference doubleheader to the Vestaburg Wolverines by scores of 7-6 and 7-5 Friday.

In both games Lakeview (6-17) had their chances to get a win.

“Some errors and you can’t get guys in with two outs,” Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti said.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the opening game after three innings. Garrett Cavendish scored on a wild pitch in the first inning and on an error in the third inning. Jordan Stephens scored on a wild pitch, also in the third inning.

But the Wolverines (10-20-2) got those three back in the fourth on RBI doubles by Austin Myers and Mason Darmody. Darmody scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Lakeview scored three more times in the bottom of the fourth on two walks, two singles and two Vestaburg errors.

But the Wolverines got a run in the fifth on an error and two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Keigan Ryckman and Jarrod Stratton.

“They did a good job putting the ball in play, and we didn’t make a couple of plays that we needed to,” Vellanti said. “And not getting guys in in scoring position. That was basically it.”

The win went to Myers, who threw all seven innings and allowed only four hits, striking out 11 and walking five.

“I thought the first kid (Myers) threw really well in the first game,” Vellanti said. “He mixed it up well and threw pretty hard, I thought.”

Lakeview’s Joey Cole fouls off a pitch during Friday’s first game against Vestaburg. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Damien Beckett took the loss after allowing eight hits and three walks, striking out six.

“Beckett threw well in the first game,” Vellanti said. “He easily threw well enough to win that game. Couldn’t hold those leads.”

Cavendish had two of the four hits, with Jared Taylor and Brad Hamlin.

Vestaburg got two hits each from Stratton and Ryan Daley.

The Wolverines got out to a 7-1 after 4 ½ innings, getting two runs in the second, single runs in the third and fourth and three more in the fifth.

But that could have been different had Lakeview not left the bases loaded in the first three innings with just one run scoring.

“We had our chances though, even before they (Vestaburg) got the big lead,” Vellanti said. “Three innings of bases loaded and two outs. Can’t get the big one.”

Vellanti put the blame on his hitters.

“We took too many fastballs,” he said. “Good fastballs, just taking them, then swinging at balls that are a little bit out of the strike zone, curve balls.”

The Wildcats scored four times in the sixth, with two coming home on a single by Stephens. Lakeview had two runners on with two out in the seventh inning but stranded them both.

“We’ve done that a lot this year,” Vellanti said.

Daley got the win despite allowing eight hits and four walks, striking out five. Austin Blanks got the save by getting out of the jam he created in the seventh.

Kyler Ridgeway took the loss after giving up seven hits, walking six and striking out two. He helped himself out with three hits. Brad Hamlin had two more.

Daley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

The Wildcats will head to Greenville Wednesday for their next action.

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