On Tuesday, April 10, the Shamrock bats came alive in a big way as New Haven defeated Calvary Lutheran 18-7. This win snapped a 34-game losing streak for the Shamrock baseball program, dating back to May 15, 2015, when New Haven defeated Kingston in a district game. The current seniors were freshmen that year.
Against Calvary’s pitching, senior Owen Buchheit went 5 for 5 with 4 runs batted in. Sophomore Jay Eichelberger went 3 for 4 with a double and 5 runs batted in.
When asked about the game, Coach Jordan Willimann stated, “I was thrilled to finally break the losing streak. It was a heavy weight lifted off of our shoulders. I was definitely happy with the way we played. It wasn’t perfect, but we did a lot of little things right. We hit the ball well and have continued to look better at the plate every game we have played. Breaking the losing streak was a big step for us, but we aren’t content with just one win. Our focus is still to play solid baseball and compete in every game we play in. If we do that, I believe we have the potential to win more games.”
Buchheit was credited with the win on the mound, as he threw 4 innings, striking out 4. Sophomore Matthew Laune also threw 1 inning and struck out 1.
Buchheit commented, “This win was definitely something to build off of. We hit the ball very well, and I think that was the key for us. We have continued to improve game-by-game in that aspect. I am definitely looking forward to what the rest of the season will bring.”
The Shamrocks will play Pacific this Wednesday and St. Clair on Thursday. Good luck, Green!