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West Sioux drops St. Mary's 8-7

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(Sentinel photos by Roy Tucker) RSM shortstop Michael Wesselmann makes a catch, turns and first to first baseman Zane Schroeder to double a West Sioux runner off of first base during the Hawks' 8-7 loss on Tuesday in Remsen.
Plymouth County residents driving by Marv Thelan Memorial Field after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night might have been somewhat surprised to see the lights still on and a fully-uniformed baseball team going through a full practice.

But after his team's 8-7 loss to previously winless West Sioux, Remsen St. Mary's coach Jim Klein left his son and assistant coach Jon to run the late night practice.

"Maybe this is the second wakeup call as to how their season is going," said Klein, whose team has lost four straight to fall to 2-7 in War Eagle Conference play and 4-9 overall.

The Hawks led 4-0 after one inning and 6-3 after four innings.

"It was like our bats shut down (after that)," Klein said. "I don't know what to say."

Pitcher Beau Pick was cruising along into the fifth when he hit a West Sioux batter on an 0-2 pitch with two outs.

Then came a hit, a walk, and two more hits and West Sioux had claimed the lead.

"That stuff just can't happen," Klein said. "Our pitchers need to work ahead and need to throw something other than a fastball for strikes."

Klein said Pick had not walked a hitter all season. But the freshman had six on Tuesday as he allowed eight runs - five of which were earned - on nine hits to suffer the loss.

Four of the six walks came around to score as the Falcons took advanatage of what the Hawks gave them.

"They played a good game," Klein said of West Sioux. "They made plays when it was necessary."

RSM jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first as Michael Wesselmann and Neal Loutsch opened with back-to-back singles.

Tanner Kockler followed with an RBI double and Billy Steichen and an RBI single before Andrew Portz and Beau Pick drove in one apiece with groundouts.

West Sioux scored two in the second innning and one in the third before the Hawks added two in the bottom of the third inning.

Loutsch homered and Portz came home on an RBI single from Zane Schroeder.

"I told the kids, 'Make sure you bring your batting gloves the next two days, because we're going to do a lot of hitting,'" Klein said.

RSM has the next two days off before they face Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley on Friday at the Spalding Catholic tournament in Granville.

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