Gehlen Catholic baseball beats MMCRU in conference action
LE MARS — The Gehlen Catholic baseball team topped MMCRU 9-3 in a War Eagle Conference game Thursday at the Riverview Complex.
The game was back and forth early before the Jays continued to build on their lead as the night rolled along.
Gehlen Head Coach Kirk Kronaizl said it was good to see the offense score in five of their six turns at the plate.
“Swinging, we’re getting better just putting the ball into play with two strikes,” Kronaizl said. “We saw a ton of pitches tonight, so that was awesome to see. We’re not just relying on one guy either, so that’s nice to see. They’re kind of taking turns and yet still having quality at-bats throughout the whole game.”
The Jays took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Keaton Logan hit an RBI single. It was one of his two hits in the contest as he joined Dylan Lehmann and Connor Kraft with two hits on the night.
MMCRU answered back in the top of the second as Brett Staab drew a walk, Colin Pick reached on an error, and then Mitchell Schnepf brought the two runners home on a double to right field.
“It was nice to see big Mitch tag one out to the outfield tonight,” MMCRU Head Coach Cam Kuchel said.
Gehlen took the lead right back in the bottom of the second with a pair of two-out base hits driving in runs. Kraft sent a single back up the middle to tie the game and Ryan Livermore added a base hit to center to make it 3-2 in favor of the Jays.
Gehlen never trailed again after taking the lead in the second. They added a run in the third and answered MMCRU’s run in the top of the fourth with two of their own. The Jays got three more runs in the sixth after MMCRU starter Carson Pick reached his pitch count limit for the day and was replaced on the mound by Preston Astidias.
The big hit of the sixth inning was a triple from Livermore as the hit gave him a single, double and triple in the contest along with 2 RBI. Livermore came home to score on the triple as the throw back to the infield left the field of play which gave him the extra base to score the final run of the game for the team.
Livermore earned the win on the mound for the Jays as he pitched the complete game.
Gehlen improved to 11-7 with the win. Kronaizl said the team has played better in all facets of the game as of late as they have turned around from their 3-6 start, winning eight of their last nine games.
“Our pitching has been pretty good and our defense has been getting better and our hitting has finally come around,” Kronaizl said.
MMCRU fell to 6-10 with the loss which ended back-to-back wins for the team, the first consecutive wins for the team since starting the season 3-0.
Kuchel said the team made solid contact at the plate, but many of those were right to fielders. One area he thinks could help the team flip some losses to wins is in the field.
“Just finding consistency in the field has been our biggest problem this year,” Kuchel said. “Practice will help that a lot. We’ve had two practices in 14 days so it’s time to have one here.”