COLDWATER, OH – In a contest that was an instant classic the St. Henry Redskins turned one big play and one run into a 1-0 victory on Thursday night at MAC rival Coldwater.
With a pair of Cavalier runners on the basepaths at the corners a deep shot headed towards the left centerfield alley by cleanup hitter Nate Grunden which would score both runners if it landed on the ground found its way into the glove of a diving Tyler Schlarman for the games final out and to secure the St. Henry victory.
Redskins hurler Daylon Lange (2-1) whose only loss of the season on the mound came on March 26th in a 2-0 loss to Coldwater tossed a beauty as he finished with a line of seven innings pitched, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out four. Four Cavalier batters were plunked by pitches from Lange on the day but none, including Austin Riethman and Sam Broering in the final frame came around to score.
Cole Frilling (4-1) who beat Lange in the contest in March took the loss for the Cavaliers as he finished with seven innings pitched, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero on 70 pitches.
Both teams were able to put baserunners on during the contest but unfortunately for the two squads they saw a handful of innings come to and end with those runners left on the bases as well. St. Henry left 5 men on base while their hosts would finish with 10 men left on base including the bases loaded in the first frame.
The lone run of the contest came in the top of the fifth inning when Sam Lefeld who had singled to open the inning was moved ultimately to third base by a hit batter and a fielders choice from teammates Jay Knapke and Daylen Froning. Ryan Bruening’s fielders choice knocked in Lefeld for the lone marker of the contest before a pop out to Frilling put a stop to the half inning.
Offensively the Redskins (6-3) who move into a tie atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings with Coldwater at 4-1 were led by Schlarman who finished with a pair of singles while teammate Curtis Uhlenhake doubled to right field in the fourth inning but was left there when Schlarman grounded out for the third out moments later.
Coldwater (8-2) drops just their second game of the season and was led on the offensive side of the ball by Jacob Wenning who tallied all three of his teams hits on the day.
Next up for the Redskins will be a trip to Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Sunday where they will have a 4pm tilt against Covington. Coldwater will travel north to Bryan on Saturday for a three-way doubleheader with the Golden Bears and the Maumee Panthers.
WP: Daylon Lange (2-1)
LP: Cole Frilling (4-1)
Time of game: 1:30
*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*