by Dan Timmerman and Tom Sackett,
Game 19 – Thursday April 30 Loveland vs. CHCA at Dave Evans Field
CHCA took an early lead which the Tigers could never completely overcome losing to the Eagles 8-6.
The Eagles scored 1 run in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd for a 3-0 lead. Loveland got on the board in the 3rd on a single by Josh Mezaros and an RBI single by Luke Waddell. CHCA went back up a run in the 5th, with Loveland narrowing the lead to 1 in their half of the inning after loading the bases on a walk to Adam Beran, a single by Meszaros and a single by Drew Steinbrunner. Luke Bashardoust got Beran home on a fielder’s choice to right side of the infield and Meszaros scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Cal Conley. CHCA again went up 3 scoring 2 runs in the 6th with the Tigers finally tying the score in their half on another single by Meszaros with Beran already on base, an RBI single by Steinbrunner to bring Beran home and a 2 RBI single by Waddell scoring Meszaros and Steinbrunner. The Eagles scored 2 more runs in the top of the 7th with the Tigers loading the bases in the bottom of the inning but unable to score.
Loveland resident Daniel Vezdos pitched a complete game for the Eagles for the win.
Loveland falls to 14-5 overall and remains 8-3 in the ECC,.
Hitting: Waddell 2-3, BB, 3 RBI; Meszaros 3-4, 3 R; Steinbrunner 2-4, R, RBI; Beran 2 BB, 2 R; Conley RBI; Bashardoust RBI.
Game 20 – Friday May 1 Loveland at Anderson HS
Jacob Albin (W) was masterful at Anderson Friday night taking a perfect game an out into the 5th inning and finishing with a 5-1 complete game victory for the Tigers.
Scoreless through the first 3 innings Loveland got on the board in the 4th on a single by Colton Lakes, a sacrifice bunt by Adam Beran, a single by Chris Sackett and a sacrifice fly by Drew Steinbrunner. The Tigers scored 3 more in the 5th beginning with a Luke Waddell hit, a walk to Jay Wilson and Josh Meszaros reaching on a fielder’s choice. Waddell scored on a wild pitch with the ball getting far enough away Wilson was able to score too. Lakes then double home Meszaros for a 4-0 lead.
With 1 out in the 5th and Albin just cruising an Anderson batter laid down a perfect bunt for their first hit and base runner of the game. A single and a double later in the inning brought that runner home to make it a 4-1 game. The Tigers completed the scoring with a run in the 7th on a Chris Sackett single scoring Wilson after he and Beran had singled.
Loveland improves to 9-3 in the ECC, 15-5 overall.
Pitching: Albin W, 2-1 Hitting: Lakes 3-4, 2B