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Laker baseball drops two games to Pratt

March 8, 2017
David Swartz - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

PRATT, Kan. - Iowa Lakes split with the Beavers from Pratt Community College on the final day of the series. The Lakers won the first game 5-1 and lost a nail bitter in the second game 8-7.

The Lakers bats came alive in the first inning of the first game, putting up four runs on five hits and two stolen bases. BJ Johnson started off the game with a drag bunt single, followed by a single from Bryce Rogokos and Mikey Adams. After a successful double steal attempt by Rogokos and Adams, Ashtin Moxey was able to drive them both in on a single to right field. Moxey advanced to second once the right fielder made an error. Bo Lovdahl stepped up to the plate a smoked a single up the middle for an RBI single to give the Lakers their 4-0 lead. Pratt added a run to cut the Laker lead to 4-1 after failed pick-off attempt by starter Marcel d'Avoine.

d'Avoine went five innings giving up one run, striking out five, allowing three hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch. The final run of the game came from the Lakers in the top of the sixth inning, once Lovdahl was hit by a pitch and stole second base. He later scored after a throwing error by the shortstop.

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Zach Meyer came in relief for one-plus innings striking out two and hitting the lead-off hitter in the seventh inning. Mitch Ebben was called into the game and shut the door for the Lakers win. Ebben threw one inning striking out one and walking one.

In the second game, BJ Johnson lead off the game with a base hit in the six hole and continued to steal second base. Johnson scored after an error by the second baseman. In the top of the third, Johnson sparked up another run for the Lakers after an inside-the-park home run. The Beavers answered back and tied up the game at 2-2. The Lakers put pressure on the Beavers in the top of the sixth inning with great at bats that led to walks to Marcus Wohl, Chad Hinkle, and Spenser Larson. Johnson continued to swing a hot stick when he laced a two RBI single up the middle to give the Lakers the lead 4-2.

The wheels started to fall off for the Lakers in the bottom of the sixth when the Beavers scored five runs chasing Martin Eckard.

Iowa Lakes answered back quickly adding three runs to tie the game up at 7-7 in the top of the eighth inning. Wohl and Lovdahl hit back-to-back singles to start the rally, but Chad Hinkle got the job done with a two-RBI double down the right field. Larson then singled to right center to drive in Hinkle to tie the game.

Mitch Ebben entered the game in the bottom of the eighth topping at 92 miles per hour. He had a self-induced jam, where he walked two and gave up a hit to load the bases withtwo outs, before hitting the next hitter to give the Beavers the go ahead and eventual game winning run.

The Lakers fall to 4-4 on the season and look to continue this next weekend in Great Bend, Kan., facing Barton Community College.



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