Cold and lack of concentration takes its toll on Laker boys|
If the crappy weather Thursday was not enough of a reason to dislike being outside, certainly a 6-4 loss to Phelps for the White Lake baseball team would do it.
“We had nine strikeouts and our pitching and batting just seemed to have a lack of focus and confidence,” Lakers head coach Matt Meronk said. “The weather was just plain nasty so we shortened the game to five innings.”
On paper, a loss by two runs doesn’t really look that bad. But when you break it down, the number of strikeouts along with one lone hit do not make for a good outing at the ballfield.
Phelps took an early lead in the first with a pair of runs. White Lake’s lone hit came in the bottom half off No. 3 hitter Luke Wickersheim with a single.
Holding the Knights at bay in inning two and three, White Lake plated three runs to take a 4-2 lead. All three runs came off of walks and stolen bases.
But the Lakers’ demise fell in the fourth.
Phelps loaded the bases by patiently waiting for four balls to be called before a well-placed double off the bat of Blake Kalbus helped lift the Knight to its 6-4 win.
Travis Guy took the loss for White Lake. Lasting 3 and 2-3 innings he gave up six earned runs, three hits, walked six and struck out as many. Wickersheim finished off the evening with three strikeouts.
Tonight’s home game versus Gillette has been postponed to Monday, in White Lake.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Myron Oatman Field
Phelps 6, White Lake 4
R H E PHS 2 0 0 4 0 x x — 6 3 0
WLHS 1 1 2 0 0 x x — 4 1 1
Wickersheim 1-3, Gollihue 0-1 RBI.
Guy (loss) 3 2-3IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 6BB, 6K, 1HP
Wickersheim 1 1-3IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K
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