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Gehlen grinds out win over A-W

Monday, July 2, 2007

(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron) Gehlen third baseman Tyler Meyer makes a diving stab at tagging out A-W's Justin Mahaney Friday in the Jays' 6-3 win over the Westerners.
Class 1A No. 5-ranked Gehlen Catholic maintained its lead in the War Eagle Conference baseball standings by grinding out a 6-3 win over Akron-Westfield Friday night at the Riverview Complex in Le Mars.

The Westerners scored a pair of first-inning runs and led through 2 1/2 innings before Gehlen managed to tie it up in the bottom of the third. Mitch Kurth hit an RBI single and a second run scored on a passed ball to make it 2-2.

Runs scored on A-W miscues were a reoccurring theme as the Jays added one in the fourth on a passed ball and two in the fifth.

"We had five errors and they were all directly contributing to their runs," said A-W coach Gordy Johnson. "They were just plays we should have made. We make those plays, we might win."

A run in the top of the third gave A-W a brief 3-2 lead, but Gehlen pushed a run across on an error in the bottom of the inning to tie the score once again. The Jays finally took their first lead of the night in the fifth as Craig Schlesser hit an RBI single. Two runs scored on the play as the ball was mishandled and a third run came across in the inning on a bases-loaded walk.

The Jays finished with just five hits in the win, including a 2 for 3 night from Kurth. Eric Rohe, Schlesser and Taylor Smith were also all 1 for 4.

"We did not hit the ball very well. We were really dead," said Gehlen coach Marty Kurth. "We were fortunate enough to take advantage of some things and come out with the win."

Kurth was the winning pitcher for the Jays, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He improved to 7-0 on the season with the win, despite laboring at times against the Westerners.

"Mitch - coming off a big win Monday - didn't have his real good stuff. He pitched out of trouble quite a bit, more than we would have liked him too," said Kurth. "But give (A-W) credit. They had scoring chances and they're one of those teams that is improved. But Mitch really cracked down and when we needed an out, we got an out."

Chad Morehead started for the Westerners, but pitched only the first two innings. Morehead allowed no earned runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeout before giving way to Justin Mahaney in the third. Mahaney tossed the final four frames, surrendering two earned runs on one hit with four walks, one hit batter and four strikeouts.

Morehead led A-W at the plate in the loss with three hits and two RBIs.

The Westerners (7-15, 2-13) will now face 1A No. 7-ranked Remsen St. Mary's Monday in WEC play at Remsen. The Jays (19-6, 12-2) will take on Hinton at home, out to avenge one of two conference losses on the year.

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