Updated 7:05 p.m., Elmwood baseball loses in 9 innings to Genoa (5-11-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 11 May 2013 17:03
Elmwood's Caleb Reynold's (left) fields the ball as Genoa's Casey Gose slides into second. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
GENOA — Quality pitching from Zach Foster wasn’t enough for Elmwood’s baseball team Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Royals, their bats were quiet over the final seven innings of a 3-2 nine-inning loss to Genoa in a Division III sectional semifinal on the Comets’ home field.
The Comets scored the winning run in the top of the ninth when Cody Pickard flared a two-out single to right field to score Logan Scott.
Scott singled up the middle, the third hit of the game for Genoa’s No. 9 hitter, with one out to start the rally. He stole second and had just enough time to beat the throw home on Pickard’s single.
The Comets’ winning run came after Elmwood bunted into an inning-ending double play on a suicide squeeze with runners on first and third and the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
The Royals also singled twice in the second without scoring, but had only three hits the rest of the way — none over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Elmwood received three walks in the final four innings. The Royals left nine runners on, three in scoring position.
“We couldn’t string together more than a hit an inning,” Elmwood coach Kyle Reiser said.
The unsuccessful squeeze came when Genoa pitcher Matt Aumiller hustled in to make a diving catch on a ball that was bunted into no man’s land in front of the plate.
Aumiller snagged the ball just before it hit the grass, got up and threw to third to double the runner off.
“It’s a game of inches,” Reiser said. “That bunt was an inch too long. He made a heck of a play. It it drops, we score, we shut ’em down in the seventh inning and win the game.”
“That was huge,” Genoa coach Ron Rightnowar said. “That’s Matt. He’s such a good athlete. I don’t know if we have another guy on the mound who makes that catch. He has such great feet. He got off the mound, dove, made the catch and had the awareness to get the ball to third for the double play. That’s just him. He can do some things that other kids can’t.”
Genoa right fielder Kyle Rozek robbed Elmwood’s Dylan Benschoter of a hit to start the ninth. He made a diving catch of Benschoter’s fly that was down the right-field line, just inside the line.
“They made some great plays and played defense when they had to,” Reiser said.
Foster allowed 10 hits, but stranded nine runners, seven in scoring position. He struck out three, walked none and hit three.
The Comets tied the game by manufacturing single runs in the fourth and sixth.
“Foster pitched a heck of a game,” Reiser said. “He bowed his neck and got out of a lot of tough jams. He’s a true senior ace athlete. He went out and competed hard.”
The right-hander threw 120 pitches and kept Genoa off-balance with a fastball and curveball.
“He made it tough on our hitters,” Rightnowar said.
Genoa, 13-6 overall, faces second-seeded Lake (12-10) in a sectional final Thursday at 5 p.m. Elmwood is 10-11.
The Comets were 5-0 on the week, including a 3-2 win Friday over Eastwood when they scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
“We’ve been really growing a lot,” said Rightnowar, whose team has no seniors. “Friday’s win against Eastwood, in a very similar fashion, helped us win today. They stayed in the game. We’re so young, I never really know what they’re going to do. They’re learning to keep their poise in some tough spots.”
Aumiller pitched well in relief, allowing no runs on three hits over the final seven innings. The sophomore struck out three.
“He’s been a little bit of a secret weapon,” Rightnowar said of Aumiller, who began the season on the junior varsity. “He’s just learning. He doesn’t have a ton of experience, but he’s a talented kid. He just goes out there and does his thing.”
Aumiller also pitched well in a 15-13 win Tuesday over Woodmore. The right-hander allowed four hits and five runs (all unearned) in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking none.
“I thought he might be able to have some success (against Elmwood) because his ball moves and tails a little bit,” Rightnowar said. “He just let them hit it and we made some plays. He just competed.”

9 innings
GENOA    000    101    001—3    10    1
ELMWOOD    200    000    000—2    9    2
HITS — (G) Scott 3, Gose 2, Pickard, Wojciechowski, Rozek, Rightnowar, Aumiller; (E) Buckingham 3, Foster 2, Reynolds, Irick, Hoiles, D. Benschoter. 2B — (G) Rozek. RUNS — (G)  Hayes, Wojciechowski, Scott; (E) Foster, Irick. RBI — (G) Rozek 2, Pickard; (E) Buckingham. SB — (G)  Gose 2, Wojciechowski, Scott. SAC — (G) Pickard; (E) Reynolds. SAC FLY — (G)  Rozek). HBP — (G) Gose 2 (by Foster 2), Hayes (by Foster. LOB — Genoa 9, Elmwood 9. DP — Genoa.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Hayes    2    6    2    1    0    1
Aumiller (WP)    7    3    0    0    3    3

Foster (LP)    9    10    3    3    0    3
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 09:19

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