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Jays avenge earlier loss to Unity Christian

Friday, June 22, 2007

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) Gehlen shortstop Mitch Kurth fields a ground ball during the Jays' 6-1 win over Unity Thursday.
The Class 1A No. 6-ranked Gehlen Catholic baseball team avenged one of two War Eagle Conference losses by defeating Unity Christian 6-1 Thursday at the Riverview Complex in Le Mars.

The Knights beat the Jays 13-6 in the first meeting between the clubs May 31 in Orange City, but were shut out until the seventh inning Thursday by Taylor Smith. Smith tossed all seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.

"Taylor pitched a great game," said Gehlen coach Marty Kurth. "It was one of his better games - if not his best - he's pitched for us and it came against a great hitting ballclub."

Gehlen gave Smith an early cushion with five runs in the first inning. Kurth said the plan was to not fall behind again like in the game at Orange City.

"Unity really hits the ball hard and we knew we were going to have to score runs," said Kurth. "We came out on fire and jumped on them early."

Alex Loutsch singled to lead off the first and Smith followed with an RBI double. Eric Rohe then reached on an error and Mitch Kurth belted a two-run single. Craig Schlesser added an RBI single later in the inning and the Jays also scored on a passed ball.

Gehlen's only other run of the game came in the second as Rohe reached on a one-out walk and scored on a Kurth RBI single.

Kurth led Gehlen at the plate, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Schlesser was also 2 for 3 with an RBI, Smith was 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI and Loutsch was 2 for 4.

The Jays are now 10-2 in the WEC and 15-4 overall. Kurth said it was a good thing to see the team get back one of its losses in the league and stay on its current hot streak.

"That was obviously our intent going in. Unity hit the heck out of the ball the first time we played them and they did it again tonight, but we fielded it and got the outs," said Kurth. "It was a good win to get after they really beat us around the field the last time."

Gehlen will now compete in the Spalding Catholic Tournament Friday and Saturday in Granville, opening play Friday at 1 p.m. against Sioux Center.

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