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Bulldogs win two from Wolfpack

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Le Mars Community junior infielder Hunter Rowe slides into third base for a triple against Western Christian in Le Mars Monday. Rowe hit 4-for-6 during the doubleheader.
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community baseball team bounced back from its first two losses of the year Friday with two wins Monday against Western Christian in Le Mars.

In the first game, Le Mars defeated the Wolfpack 5-1.

The Bulldogs were the road team, and they jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning, but neither team was able to score over the next four innings.

The Wolfpack tied the game with a run in the sixth inning, but Le Mars took control with four runs in the seventh. The big hit in the inning came with one-out when junior Conner Delfs doubled down the left field line to plate two.

Sophomore Colin Borchers threw a complete game for the Bulldogs and gave up just one earned run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.

"Colin threw well," Le Mars coach Trent Eckstaine said. "They threatened one time, and he did a good job slamming the door on them and ending the threat. He threw strikes. And we played good defense behind him."

The Bulldogs combined for seven hits. Junior Hunter Rowe was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Delfs had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Borchers and sophomore Levi Tebrink each added a hit and an RBI.

In the second game, Le Mars won 6-0.

Junior Parker Rolfes set the tone early when the center fielder made a diving catch in the first inning.

"That kind of just set the tone of the game for us," Eckstaine said. "In the second game like that, you kind of might come out flat. And Parker just kind of went after it like he always does. The guys kind of realized, yeah let's go get it."

The Bulldogs defense stayed strong for the remainder of the game.

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Le Mars left fielder Levi Te Brink returns the ball to the infield Monday against Western Christian.
"Conner Delfs did a great job on defense," Eckstaine said. "Chris (Eckstaine) made a couple of nice plays at short. Andy Heffner made a great play on a foul ball to end the game."

The solid defense helped out junior pitcher Jacob Lamoreux, who threw a complete game and gave up just three hits. He struck out seven and walked five.

"Jacob doesn't throw very hard," Eckstaine said. "He's a crafty lefty. He has a little curveball and he throws a knuckleball or something like that. Guys really have to do some adjusting to him, especially when you come off a Borchers who throws it up there a little bit."

Le Mars scored four runs in the second inning and added two insurance runs in the fifth.

The Bulldogs combined for nine hits. Heffner was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Rowe was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Tebrink added a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Borchers tallied a hit and an RBI.

"I thought we had some very good at-bats this game," Eckstaine said. "We had a couple guys really square up the ball really well. They hit the ball hard but didn't have much to show for it."

Le Mars plays again Tuesday at home against Estherville-Lincoln Central.

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