Four game dates last week, two of them double bills, handed the Beckman boys a lot of baseball. The Blazers split with South Tama there June 1, 7-8 and 13-3, did the same at West Delaware June 3, 3-6 and 5-3, and then handed Don Bosco their first two losses of the season June 5 there, 8-6 and 10-3.
In the week’s first games, South Tama scored all their runs in the fourth and fifth innings (five, three) and hung on despite a Blazer comeback in the fifth with four runs. When they could manage just a single sixth-inning score, the Trojans counted the one-run win.
The Blazers had no trouble hitting the Trojan hurlers, tallying 13, two each from Nick Schmidt, Nick Offerman, Owen Huehnergarth and Cam Krapfl, one from Luke Schieltz, Jackson Oberbroeckling, Nate Offerman, Logan Burchard and Lane Kramer. Bryce Boekholder got the loss by decision, giving up five runs on two hits and fanning two. Schmidt and Burchard also threw, scattering the other four hits and each whiffing two.
They 10-runned the Trojans in the second game, scoring eight first-inning tallies, adding three in the second and two in the third to cut things short for the night.
18 Blazers got into this game, with Schieltz and Burchard notching two hits, Boekholder, Max Mullis, Oberbroeckling and Michael Dinan adding singles. They also walked 13 times, accounting for several of the runs scored. Burchard got the win in four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and fanning seven.
At West Delaware June 3, the Hawks used a four-run fifth to build a 6-2 advantage the Blazers couldn’t eliminate, especially with only four hits coming off their bats. Getting those were Schieltz, Schmidt, Nate Offerman and Burchard (double). Krapfl took the loss in 4.1 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits, and four whiffs.
Things changed in the second game as the Blazers took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. But when Luke Kehrli laced a two-RBI single, the game went into extra frames, three of them. The Blazers got two runs in the top of the 10th off a hit from Huehnergarth and the game was theirs.
Huehnergarth went 2-for-3 in the game and four Blazers added a hit: Schieltz, Krapfl, Burchard and Kramer. Nick Offerman took the decision on the mound, throwing seven innings, giving up a run on two hits, fanning five.
“In that first game, we looked like we had never been on a field before,” said coach Fred Martin. “But then in the second, we looked like a very good team. That’s the lack of consistency we are dealing with right now and it is getting a lot better. Game time is basically our practice time.”
The week ended with a two-game sweep of previously unbeaten Don Bosco there. In the first game, the Dons took the early lead, 2-0, in the first before the Blazers tied it in the second and then went ahead, briefly, in the third. Again the Dons came back to knot the game and forged a 6-5 lead in the fourth before the Blazers got a run in the sixth to tie and the go-ahead two in the last inning.
They tallied 10 hits in the game, with Luke Sigwarth 3-for-4, Kramer 2-for-4, Nick Offerman and Boekholder (home run) 2-for-3 and Burchard adding a hit. Kramer took the decision in 1.1 innings that gave up two runs on four hits. Logan Burchard threw the same, giving up two runs on three hits, Ryan Burchard allowed two runs on no hits and Boekholder went three innings and allowed zero hits and runs.
In game two, the Blazers sealed it with a five-run sixth after building a 5-2 lead in the first five frames. Schmidt and Nate Offerman were both 2-for-3, scoring three runs. Also getting hits were Huehnergarth, Krapfl, Sigwarth and Matthew Florence. The win went to Huenergarth who left his normal position behind the plate for 6.2 innings, four hits, three runs, five walks and six whiffs.
“Don Bosco is a very good team and we played outstanding ball to beat them,” said Martin. “I was surprised we beat them. Owen just took over the game. I had to throw him in there because pitch counts were straining my lineup and we need pitchers for Monday’s game (Solon).
“We had just finished the West Delaware games and we used a lot of pitchers. Owen went six very good innings, just closed them down. He has played a lot of ball and is a baseball-smart player.
“We are 7-3 for the year and I am just tickled that we are, especially with the quality of teams we have been playing.”