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Error-riddled game bumps Hornets out of playoffs
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As briefly mentioned in the game synopsis Wednesday, the Elcho Hornets fell in the first round of WIAA Division 4 playoffs to the Three Lakes Bluejays, 12-5.

In a game pot-marked by nine Hornets’ errors, Elcho unfortunately could not find a way to get back into the game Tuesday evening.

Giving up three runs in the bottom of the first, Elcho found themselves in a hole quickly. The Hornets did manage to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the second, however, including a two-RBI double from shortstop BJ McKinney.

The Bluejays went back to work though, scoring a lone run in the bottom of the second while putting up five runs in third inning. Four total Elcho errors helped Three Lakes take a commanding 9-3 lead that held constant until the fifth inning.

A Hornets’ run via an Alec Smith score cut the lead to 9-4 following his lead-off single to begin the inning. It would end there offensively in the fifth for Elcho. Three more Bluejays runs and another Hornets’ error in the bottom of the sixth would all but seal Elcho’s fate.

Another single run score from Jake Wozniak on a series of passed balls later in the seventh would not outlast the Bluejays offense as the scoreboard read 12-5 in favor of host Three Lakes.

Smith was the last Hornet on the mound of the 2014 season, pitching six innings for the decision loss. Smith’s final game saw him allow 12 runs though only four earned, due in fact to errors abound, on 14 Bluejays’ hits. He also struck out five batters and walked three.

Coach Brandon Sharpe said of his senior pitcher, “Alec gave us a strong performance on the mound but errors hurt us in the end.”

Offensively, Smith was also Elcho’s most productive batter, going 2-3 for two singles, two stolen bases and a run scored.

Luke Brendemuehl, Trinton Menomin, Mason Raith, McKinney, and Wozniak each recorded one hit Tuesday against the Bluejays.

“It was a tough season but I am proud of the guys on the team for playing hard every game and never giving up. They showed lots of character,” Coach Sharpe added after the game.
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