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Bulldogs go 1-3 during weekend as busy stretch continues

Monday, June 25, 2012

SIOUX CITY -- Le Mars Community went 1-3 over the weekend as the Bulldogs continued a stretch 19 games in 20 days.

Le Mars (17-5) went 5-0 last Monday-Thursday by a combined score of 47-4.

Le Mars dropped to 0-3 against Sioux City baseball teams in the last two weeks with a 7-2 loss to North on Friday.

North (12-9) struck first with a run in the first inning. Le Mars (16-3) tied the game with a run in the top of the second inning, but the Stars scored four runs in their half of the inning to lead the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs pulled one back in the fourth, but the Stars added two more in the bottom half of the inning to set the final score.

"I think we threatened in the third or fourth a little bit and by that time their pitcher settled in," said Le Mars head coach Trent Eckstaine. "Each inning he got a little bit more confident. "Probably in the first three innings we were that one pitch, one hit away from getting him and putting a big number up on the board, but we just couldn't quite do it."

Seven Bulldogs had one hit apiece.

Junior center fielder Jacob Lamoreux hit 1-for-2, drew two walks and had one RBI. Junior catcher Kendall Candor had the team's only extra-base hit as he went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Sophomore Colan Borchers and junior Parker Rolfes had one hit apiece and scored the only two runs for Le Mars.

Borchers picked up his first loss of the season on the mound. He went two innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits. He struck out two North batters and walked none.

"They've got a decent team," Eckstaine said. "Probably not like they have had in the past. Those kids all have experience at a good level of ball. Sioux City schools, they play competitive ball. They really did a good job of hitting against Colan."

Sophomore Tyler De Vos threw his first innings on Friday. De Vos pitched four innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two.

North generated three runs and five RBIs on six hits from the team's first three batters.

Le Mars hits the road again Monday with a game at Spirit Lake.

The Bulldogs responded with a 4-3 win over Class 1A No. 1 Council Bluffs St. Albert's (14-4) in a tournament in Carroll.

"It was a good win for us," Eckstaine said. "We played a very good game defensively. We didn't compound any of our mistakes."

Le Mars built up an early 4-0 lead that held up. St. Albert's scored one run in the sixth inning and scored two more in the seventh inning.

Junior Parker Rolfes finished the complete game win by forcing the final batter to pop up on a bases loaded, full count with two outs and the tying run on third base.

"Parker did a very good job that game," Eckstaine said. "That was pretty much Parker's game to win or lose."

Rolfes struck out seven batters in seven innings and walked five. Rolfes allowed just three hits and one earned run.

Rolfes also hit a home run while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Rolfes scored once and drove in two runs.

The Bulldogs managed seven hits and four walks from St. Albert's.

Junior infielder Hunter Rowe hit 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored in the game.

Le Mars then lost 8-0 to Class 1A No. 3 Lawton-Bronson (20-3) later on Saturday.

The Bulldogs struggled on offense as the Eagles scored two runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 4-0 lead. L-B added four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to set the final score.

"Just couldn't get that hit to get a couple runs across," Eckstaine said. "In the schedule, at times, you need that hit or, if anything, that fly ball to the outfield to tag up and get a guy across. We just couldn't quite get that done."

Borchers and junior right fielder Conner Delfs each went 2-for-3 for four of the Bulldogs' five hits. Junior catcher Kendall Candor finished 1-for-3. Rowe and junior first baseman Andy Heffner each earned two walks.

"Lawton-Bronson can run three, four, five guys out there that are good," Eckstaine said. "They're a team to be reckoned with. Their pitching will keep you honest and they don't hit the ball too bad either."

Sophomore Levi Te Brink started for Le Mars and pitched four innings. Te Brink surrendered four earned runs on three hits and five walks. He also struck out three.

"(Te Brink) came in and did a really good job of throwing strikes against these guys. We played good defense for the most part."

Te Brink was taken out as he approached a certain pitch count and Lamoreux was brought in as a change of pace.

Lamoreux pitched the final two innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and three walks. Lamoreux also struck a batter out.

Le Mars finished the Carroll tournament with an 11-0 loss to Carroll (12-9).

Carroll pushed across three runs in the first inning and one in the third before putting up seven runs on the board in the fourth inning to set the final score.

"They just hit the ball a little bit better than what we did," Eckstaine said. "We're at the end of our pitching. In a tournament like this, you've got to be pretty deep. With the schedule that we've had last week and with what we've got coming up this week, you kind of hope you can slug it out a little bit."

Sophomore A.J. Schroeder pitched his first inning of the season, surrendering three runs on one hit and three walks in the first inning. Delfs pitched the next two and two-thirds innings and surrendered seven earned runs on five hits and four walks. Heffner pitched the final inning and a third without giving up a run.

"We had some guys that needed rest," Eckstaine said. "We didn't have all of our starters in. We're not going to throw anybody this day that we're going to need during the week.

"We fielded the ball well and had some nice relays this weekend. We threw two or three guys out at the plate on some nice relays."

Delfs and Heffner had one hit apiece for the Bulldogs' only hits of the game.

"Defensively, we're still playing good ball," Eckstaine said. "Your hitting will come and go with baseball. I think whenever we get a day off or something like that, we'll get a little bit of time to recharge our batteries. Pretty sure hitting will come back around. We're playing good defense though right now. We're doing all right."

Le Mars has five more games scheduled for this week, beginning with a road game at Spirit Lake on Monday.

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Jay, early in the season Le Mars defeated both Sioux City West and Sioux City East. Their record against Sioux City schools is actually 2 - 3.

-- Posted by tiredofrhetoric on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 3:22 PM

From the story: Le Mars dropped to 0-3 against Sioux City baseball teams in the last two weeks with a 7-2 loss to North on Friday.

Notice it does not say "on the season" but "in the last two weeks". Just thought you would like to know that the way Jay presented the information is accurate.

-- Posted by bksportsfan on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:11 PM

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