CC-C baseball reaches, loses 8-5 in D3 regional final

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 7:18 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LAKEVIEW — Carson City-Crystal began the Division 3 regional baseball tournament as underdogs.
They finished the tournament just a few runs shy of a regional championship after falling 8-5 in the finals to the Mason County Central Spartans at Lakeview High School on Saturday.
The Eagles upset the Montague Wildcats in the first game 9-3 to advance to the championship game.
“I’m just proud of these kids. Everyone came in with more wins than us, but this is a testament to our kids,” Pringle said. “They tried to get better everyday. We had a great week of practice and we said all week to be as good as we can be.”

Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green delivers a pitch during the Division 3 regional semifinals against Montague in Lakeview on Saturday.

Dallas O’Green, making his final start for the Eagles, nearly pitched a complete game to earn the win in the regional semifinals against Montague. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 13 hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.
“My arm was feeling good. I was just trying to get strikes in and work with the team,” O’Green said. “I still felt comfortable (late in the game). They got some hits, but our defense was great and was backing me up.”
Carson City scored in each of the first four innings to open a 5-0 advantage over the Wildcats.
O’Green helped his own cause with an RBI-single, while Drew Stout scored on a wild pitch for a pair of first inning runs.
“We we get off to a fast start we generally finish well and get on top of things,” Pringle said.
Bryce Stout knocked in a run with a groundout in the second innings. O’Green scored on a wild pitch in the third and Drew Stout, with an infield single, drove in Bryce Stout in the fourth inning.
Montague threatened in each of the first three innings, putting a runner on third each time, but failed to score.
“They (Montague) had runners on and we got the third our to prevent a big inning,” Pringle said. “We made a play when we had to. That’s having confidence in yourself.”
With the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning, O’Green got a popup for the final out to end the scoring threat. The second inning ended with a run-saving diving catch by Tabor Erskin in center field. In the third inning, after a single put runners on second and third with two outs, O’Green worked a strikeout to keep the Wildcats scoreless.
“We definitely don’t win the game with it (defense),” O’Green said. “They had my back. I can’t thank them enough.”
Montague broke out with four hits and three runs in the fourth inning to pull within 5-3. The big hit coming on a two-run-single by leadoff hitter Drake Roesler.
Both teams went scoreless over the next two innings to set up a wild seventh inning.
“We knew their, particularly the top of the order, was very good,” Pringle said. “We knew if we could get the top of the order to not break out big innings, we were going to be in good shape.”
Carson City added four insurance runs in the final inning, two of was needed when the Wildcats scored three times in the seventh.
Pinch hitter Ryan Argersinger knocked in the the first run on a fielders choice. Drew Stout singled to start the inning, moved to third on a wild pickoff attempt and scored on Argersinger’s grounder.
Argersinger scores on a balk for a 7-3 lead. Aaron Hugenot singled and Cam Saylor walked. Both scored on a double by Bryce Stout giving the Eagles a 9-3 lead.
“There’s a kid who in the winter took more swings than anybody and works his hind off as hard as anybody,” Pringle said of Bryce Stout. “I’m really happy for him to have that opportunity and them capitalize.”

Eagles shortstop Cam Saylor makes a throw to second base during the regional semifinals against Montague at Lakeview on Saturday.

Montague (23-14) had hits from five of its first six batters in the seventh. A double by Brandon Vanderleest knocked in two runs and forced Pringle to replace O’Green with Erskin.
Erskin ended the game by inducing a groundout to second base.
Carson City had 12 hits, three of them by Drew Stout and two each by O’Green and Collin Brown.

MCC wins regional championship
After a more than three hour wait, the Eagles faced Mason County Central (MCC), which defeated Ravenna 8-6 in the semifinals, for the regional championship.
Offensively, the Eagles started quick, but defensively it was another story as mistakes added outs and led to a few runs for the Spartans in an 8-5 loss.
“We booted it around five times. You do that it usually comes back to bite you,” Pringle said.
Pringle did not blame a long wait, on a hot afternoon, for the mistakes.
“We had a long break, but they didn’t have much of a break so it all kind of factors the same,” Pringle said. “We got off to a slow start, but did get the lead back.”
Carson City started the game with two hits and a walk to load the bases, but only managed to score once on a sacrifice fly by Lane Humphrey.
Zach Pringle, who had three hits in the finals, led the game off with a double that just missed a home run off the wall at the 350-foot mark in left field.
“If we get that three plus run inning in the first, I hate to say we’re unstoppable, but that’s what starts our train,” Pringle said. “That would have been big.”
MCC started the bottom half of the first inning with the first five hitters reaching base on four hits and one error.
Spencer Knizacky tripled to left center to drive in the first run and scored on a error one batter later to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
MCC scored twice more in the second inning, both unearned, for a 4-1 lead.
Carson City scored a run in the third in a single by Humphrey. The Eagles took the lead with two in the fourth on a triple by Erskin for a 5-4 lead.
Erskin started the game and was replaced to start the third inning by Saylor. O’Green entered in the fourth inning with the bases loaded an no outs.
Back-to-back groundouts scored two runs, both charged to Saylor, and gave the Spartans a 6-5 lead.
“Tabor normally has that shutdown stuff on the mound, but he struggled a little bit early,” Pringle said. “We had to shuffle our pitching around a little bit. They (Central) put the ball in play, so credit them.”
MCC scored two more runs in the fifth inning to finish the scoring.
Carson City went 1-2-3 in both the fifth and sixth innings, and managed two hits with two outs in the seventh inning before a pop out ended the Eagles run in the regional finals.
Pringle, who was coaching his last baseball, will become the Eagles new athletic director. He will also resign as football coach after three years to take the new position. He said it was a fun run.
“To get to coach this group of seniors, I had the opportunity to see them when they were little, was great,” Pringle said. “The chance to coach both of my boys, to do that, I wouldn’t trade that for the world. It’s been a great run.
“It’s on to the next step and see if we can influence coaches to influence kids. That’s the next job,” he added.
Nolan Asiala earned the win with a complete game.
Carson City finished the season 22-17 overall.
MCC (27-8) will face Gladstone in the Division 3 quarterfinals at Traverse City St. Francis on Tuesday.

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