Chris Sims

Chargers top Busco in extras

When he came to the plate, still in a tie game, in the eighth inning on a gusty Friday afternoon against visiting Churubusco, Wilson was not about to let his second chance go to waste.

Wilson drilled the second pitch he saw from Busco junior Brent Owen into the right-center field gap for a game ending RBI-double, driving in senior teammate Justin Glass to give the Chargers a 9-8 extra inning win.

Carroll (3-2) came from behind twice and overcame four errors on defense to spoil a spirited effort from Busco (0-3), who was seeking their first win of the season.

“I had to redeem myself from the inning earlier, when I had the bases loaded.  I was looking for a fastball and got it,” Wilson said. “We hung our heads early.  Once we got a few hits, things started to fall into place for us.”

Carroll had left the bases loaded in both the sixth and seventh innings before breaking through in the eighth.  Wilson popped up to first baseman Dylan Herendeen to end the sixth inning threat and junior Jon Timmerman grounded out to shortstop Braxton Siddons to end the seventh.

Busco threatened against Carroll reliever Gavin Downs in the top of the eighth when Siddons doubled to left-center with one out.  A ground out by Kyle Owen moved Siddons to third and after a walk to Jordan Turner put runners on the corners, Downs struck out Ryan Farlow to end the threat.

Downs (1-0) earned his first win of the season with six solid innings of work, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.  

Downs relieved senior starter Josh Niedermeyer, who labored through two-plus innings, allowing five runs on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  Carroll trailed 5-0 in the top of the third inning when Downs entered the game.

“I try not to worry about the score and just do my job,” Downs said.  “That is the easiest way to stay focused out there.  With the (strong) wind, my curveball was pretty good.  The wind was helping the ball spin.  The fastball and change didn’t have the tail it normally has because the wind was working against it, so I relied more on the curveball.”

“Gavin pitched great,” complimented Charger Skipper Dave Ginder. “Gavin is a kid that is going to throw strikes and that is going to give us a chance.  He isn’t going to overpower anyone, and that is fine if you are making plays behind him, which is something we haven’t done consistently.  He was a big bright spot tonight.”

Busco scored four times in the second inning on just one hit, a two-run single to right field by senior Chris Sims.  Sophomore Alan Meeks drove in a run with a bases loaded walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Busco extended the lead to 5-0  in the third inning with an RBI-double to left field by junior Jordan Turner.

Walks, however, allowed Carroll back into the game.  Carroll drew a lead-off walk in each of the first five innings and despite holding Carroll to just five hits, Busco pitching walked 10 Charger hitters.  

“At 5-0 I was still uneasy,” admitted Busco Head Coach Mark Grove. “When you have a good ball club down, you have to put them away.  The only thing we didn’t do well was giving them too many opportunities.  They had like five hits and 10 walks and you can’t give a good team free base runners.”

“It’s the best we have played this year, other than the walks.  If you take the walks out of this game, as a coaching staff, we are pretty happy.” 

Carroll scored twice in the third and four times in the fourth, with three runs coming on one swing of junior Jeremy Shelmadine’s bat.  Shelmadine hit a first pitch fastball over the center field fence for a two-out, three run home run off of Herendeen, who started for the Eagles.  The blast put Carroll ahead 6-5.

Busco answered with a three-run fifth, taking advantage of two Carroll errors, to reclaim the lead at 8-6.  Farlow, Brent Owen, and junior Spencer Shroyer each had run scoring singles for the Eagles in the inning.

“The kids are working hard at trying to do some of the little things right and it showed up out here on the diamond. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the W to go along with it,” Grove said.  “We got a few runs off (Downs) and we knew we were going to have to go out and get a couple more, but he held us down the rest of the way. He did a nice job of coming and and shutting things down and he kept us off balanced.   He gets a lot of credit, in addition to the win.”

A sacrifice fly from senior Curtis Wise and an RBI groundout from sophomore Steve Remesnik in the bottom of the fifth inning tied the score at eight.

Brent Owen took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 3-2/3 innings. Herendeen allowed six runs on two hits in four innings, but walked six.

“We did a nice job of coming back, and Busco did a nice job of battling back too,” Coach Ginder said. “From their standpoint, it’s a tough game to lose, because I am sure they feel like they should have won.   We’re discouraged with things defensively and we’ve got some holes to fill.”

Carroll 9 – Churubusco 8

Team 123 456 78 R H E

Churubusco 041 030 00 8 9 3

Carroll         002 420 01 9 5 4

Churubusco (0-3)

Player,              AB H R BI BB K

Meeks, dh                4 0 1 1 1 1

Sims, rf                4 1 0 2 1 1

Siddons, ss          5 1 0 0 0 1

KOwen, lf            5 2 2 0 0 2

Turner, c                 3 1 2 1 2 0

Farlow, 3b           5 1 2 1 0 2

 Goepfrich, 3b          0 0 0 0 0 0

Herendeen, p-1b    2 0 0 0 0 1

BOwen, 1b-p        3 2 0 1 1 0

 a-Fulk, pr            0 0 0 0 0 0

Shroyer, cf                3 1 1 1 1 2

Totals,              34 9 8 7 6 10

a – ran for BOwen in the seventh.

TB – Sims, KOwen 2, Turner 2, Farlow, BOwen 2, Shroyer, Siddons 2.  2B – Turner, KOwen, Siddons. SAC – Herendeen 2. SB – Turner 2.  E – Sims, Turner, Siddons. LOB – 10.

Pitching

Churubusco IP H R BB K

Herendeen,     4 2 6 6 3

BOwen, (L, 0-1) 3-1/3 3 3 4 2

Total pitches/batters faced: Herendeen 64/19, BOwen 66/21.

Carroll (1-2)

Player,                      AB H R BI BB K

Timmerman, ss                4 0 1 0 1 0

Ginder, 2b                        3 0 1 1 2 1

Glass, cf                        3 1 2 0 2 1

Wilson, lf                        2 1 1 1 3 0

Wise, 1b                        2 0 1 1 1 2

Remesnik, dh                3 0 0 1 0 0

Vanlandingham, 3b        3 1 0 1 0 0

 Maples, 3b                        1    0 1 0 0 1

Ford, c                        1 1 1 0 1 0

 a-Kosmoski, ph                1 0 0 0 0 0

Shelmadine, rf                4 1 1 3 0 0

Totals,                       27 5 9 8 10 5

a – lined out for Ford in the fourth.

TB – Vanlandingham, Shelmadine 4, Ford, Glass, Wilson 2. 2B – Wilson (2). HR – Shelmadine (1). HBP – Ford (1). SAC – Remesnik (1). SF – Wise (1). SB – Glass (3). CS – Timmerman (1). E – Vanlandingham, Wise 2, Maples. LOB – 10.

Pitching

Carroll         IP H R BB K

Niedermeyer, 2 2 5 3 3

Downs, (W, 1-0) 6 7 3 3 7

Total pitches/batters faced: Niedermeyer 53/13, Downs 100/29.

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