by Dan Timmerman
The Loveland Tigers Varsity Baseball team kicked off the first week of their 2012 season with 3 wins over FAVC rivals including a sweep of their 2 game series with Kings, 7-5 on Monday (3/26) and 12-8 on Tuesday (3/27) along with an 11 inning 3-2 victory in the Reds Future Stars game at Midland Field Thursday vs. Glen Este.
In Monday’s game the Tigers offense got the year off to a quick start scoring 3, 1st inning runs off of All-Conference pitcher Nick Bellman (10 K’s, 0-1) on a walk, a double by Joe Moran, an RBI ground ball by Mitch Lendenski and an RBI single by Dylan Bodley. After Kings scored a run in the 2nd, the Tigers added another run in the 4th with a walk and an RBI double by Reed Schlesner to go back up by 3. Loveland iced the game in the top of the 7th scoring 3 more runs beginning with a double by Sophomore Reid Waddell, a bunt single by Schlesner, a walk to Moran, an RBI single by Jacob Meyer and a sacrifice fly by Bodley in what would be a 7-5 victory for Loveland. Michael Louis (1-0) pitched 5 strong innings for the Tigers earning the win. Sam Timmerman pitched the last 2 innings for the save.
Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Moran 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI; Bodley 2-3, SF, 2 RBI; Schlesner 2-4, 2B, R, RBI; Bullock 2B; Waddell 2B, R; Meyer RBI; Lendenski RBI
In Tuesday’s game the Tigers again faced a Kings All-Conference starting pitcher in Ben Glischinski (0-1) and again the offense, with a little help from the Kings defense, came out on top. Trailing by 3 heading into their half of the 1st the Tigers erupted for 8 runs with the help of 2 hit batsmen, 2 - 2 out errors, an RBI single by Darren Sackett, 3 walks and RBI doubles by Reed Schlesner and Joe Moran to take an 8-3 lead. Loveland scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd on a double by Jacob Meyer followed by an RBI single by Sackett and a single by Schlesner and an RBI single by Dylan Bodley, respectively, to make it 10-3. Kings then mounted a 5 run error and walk fueled rally of their own in the top of the 4th to cut the Tiger lead to 2, but that would be as close as they would come as Loveland scored 2 runs in the 6th for the 12-8 final score. Brian Bullock (1-0), who came into the game in relief and pitched 3-1/3 innings, got the win for the Tigers and Hunter Ewing (5 K’s) earned the save with 3-2/3 shutout innings.
Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Sackett 3-4, 3 RBI; Schlesner 3-5, 2BI; Moran 2B; Meyer 2B
In Thursday’s game Ryan Altman made a welcomed return to the line-up with 2 RBI singles, including the game winner which scored Jacob Meyer after he had singled in the top of the 11th inning, in Loveland’s 3-2 victory over Glen Este in the Reds Future Stars Game at Midland Field. Altman, who had been out for the Loveland Tigers first 2 games with a sprained ACL, also recorded the save pitching a shutout final inning. The game was an offensive challenge throughout, although the first batter of the game came around to score for Glen Este’s 1st run after being hit by a pitch, advancing to 3rd on a fielder’s choice 2 batters later, then scoring on a single for a 1-0 Glen Este lead. In the bottom of the 3rd Loveland scored when Darren Sackett led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Terry and scored on an Altman single. Glen Este scored again in the 5th inning after a walk and a stolen base put a runner on second base with 2 outs. The next batter swung at strike 3, which was in the dirt and got away from the Tiger catcher. The ensuing throw to get the batter out at first was too late to complete the play for an out as was the return throw back to the catcher as the runner advanced all the way from second to score, making it 2-1 Glen Este. Loveland got that run back in the 6th after a lead-off walk and 2 hit batsmen loaded the bases. Mitchel Lendenski hit an RBI ground ball to the first baseman who could only get the out at first for which tied the game at 2.
All the while the Tigers were getting outstanding pitching.
Reed Schlesner, making his first varsity pitching start pitched 5-1/3 solid innings giving up only 1 earned run and 2 hits while recording 3 stikeouts. Sam Timmerman (1-0, 6 K’s) relieved pitching the next 4-2/3 innings without giving up a run and only 1 hit and Ryan Altman finished the game pitching a shutout final inning to get the save.
Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Altman 2-5, 2 RBI; Lendenski 2-5, RBI; Meyer 2-5, 2B, R.