On Thursday, May 5, the New Haven Shamrocks baseball team had their last regular season home game against the St. Clair Bulldogs. The game took place at the American Legion baseball field, 4:30 PM.
In the first inning of the game, Clines had a double play where he caught a line drive to short and threw the runner out who was at first.
In the second inning, Clines caught another line drive and got a grounder so threw the batter out for the second out. Boehmer caught a pop fly in left field for the third out. McKernan got a single to center field.
In the third inning, Clines caught a pop fly for the first out. Kormeier got a grounder and got the runner at third out. Shockley got third out by pitching a strikeout. Boehmer was walked by the Bulldogs pitcher and stole from first base to third base by St. Clair errors. Kormeier was hit by the pitch and took his base. Pritchett got a hit to left field and got one RBI (runs batted in). Shockley also got a hit to shortstop and got one RBI.
Junior Taylor Oetterer said, “I think Mathew did well tonight; he made some pretty awesome plays on the defensive side. We had a lot of hits today that we usually don’t see, so that was awesome.”
In the fourth inning, McKernan hit a single to right field. Slocum also hit a single to right field. Boehmer had a bunt to the pitcher for a single, but McKernan got out in the process. Buchheit was walked by the Bulldogs pircher. Pritchett hit a double to center field and ran in three RBIs.
In the fifth inning, Pritchett caught a pop fly at center for the first out. Then, Boehmer caught a pop-up at left field for the second out. Clines got a line drive at short.
In the sixth inning, Shockley was relieved from pitching by Pritchett. Shockley went on the catching, Menke went to third base, Kormeier went to left field, and Boehmer went to center. Penning caught two pop flies this inning.
In the seventh, and last inning, Owen was walked by the Bulldogs pitcher. Menke relieved Pritchett from pitching, and he went back to center, Boehmer went back to left, and Kormeier went back to third. Lastly, Shockley got a double to center field.
Eighth grader Meagan Holtmeyer pronounced, “I think our stamina and confidence has improved a lot; you can tell that the guys are getting more comfortable with each other, and are starting to play like a true team.”
The Shamrocks were defeated by the Bulldogs, 25-5.
Freshman Grace Soete stated, “Even though the boys lost, they played really well in the beginning. If they keep playing like that, I think they have a good chance at districts.”
The starting pitcher for the junior varsity game was Mark Senecal, and the JV team won their game 4-2.
Good luck boys on the rest of your regular season and at districts!
(Note: District baseball will be played in New Haven this year, starting on Friday, May 13.)