Shorthanded Orioles beat WNHS
Shorthanded Concordia trailed the Wellington Tigers 1-0 after the top of the first inning last week Tuesday. But that was the only time the Orioles were behind on the scoreboard.
The Orioles-- playing without seniors Truman Reith, Cass Heimsoth and Austin Hon (senior trip)-- sent 11 batters to the dish in the bottom of the first inning and scored five runs, en route to a 9-3 victory at the Concordia Sports Complex.
The Orioles did all of their offensive damage while getting only four hits, including one double. Plus, Austin Beydler kept the Tigers off-balance most of the game, dominating with 16 strikeouts from the hill.
"Austin Beydler really stepped up and threw his best game all season," CHS head coach Nate Beissenherz said. "He held the Tigers' offense at bay and off balance all game."
Half of the Orioles hits came in the opening frame.
After four straight walks were issued to Orioles batters--including an RBI walk to Trent McGinnis -- Ty Flandermeyer whacked a two-run double to right-center field. Later in the inning, Collin Stringer slapped a run-scoring base hit to left field.
Tate Bittiker also picked up an RBI on a four-pitch, bases-loaded free pass.
The lead grew to 8-1 when the Orioles scored three runs without a hit in the second inning.
Four walks produced one run and an error led to the other two tallies. Andy Galloway drew the bases-loaded walk.
The Orioles scored again in the third inning. Austin Beydler walked with one out. He advanced into scoring position on a base hit to left field by Hayden Moore and scored on another single to left field by McGinnis.
"We were really patient at the plate and drew 13 walks. That was how we got most of our runs on the board," Beissenherz said. "The middle part of our order with Moore, McGinnis and Flandermeyer stepped up and came through with some big hits. They are going to have to be the big part of our offense next year."
Wellington also scored single runs in the fourth and sixth stanzas, the latter on a solo home run off the bat of Dallas Reynolds.
Beydler allowed two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He fanned the side in the second, third and seventh innings.
"He left one pitch up a little high in the sixth, and the Wellington player got it up in the wind and it carried over the fence," Beissenherz said. "But he threw a great game.
"Jordan Schlueter called a great game behind the plate. He's been doing a great job behind the plate lately."
Beydler, Moore, McGinnis and Flandermeyer each scored two runs and Chuck Rogers one. McGinnis and Flandermeyer each had two RBIs and Galloway, Stringer and Bittiker one each.
"Galloway did a great job on the base paths with some good running," Beissenherz said.
Aaron Schuster had two hits for the Tigers, Blake Bunch and Drew Bunch each had one hit.
"We got a taste of what our team will be without our seniors," Beissenherz said. "It's nice to get a win when you are shorthanded."