Zebras held to 5 hits in loss to Warsaw
Reinartz has RBI, run scored for Rochester
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
WARSAW — Austin Polk had two hits and two RBIs, and Logan O’Malley singled and drove in two runs as the Warsaw baseball team bested visiting Rochester 5-2 on May 6.
Tanner Reinartz went 1 for 2 for Rochester, scoring the first run and driving in the second.
Rochester scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. The run in the fourth came when Luke Hunting reached on an error to score Reinartz.
Trailing 5-1 going into the seventh, the Zebras had runners on the corners with nobody out when Tarick McGlothin doubled and Carson Paulik reached on an error.
Warsaw pitcher Kyle Showley shut down any potential rally. Reinartz drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right, but Jake Seuferer flew out to center. Landen Bumford walked to bring Brayden Zink up, representing the tying run, but Showley fanned Zink to end it.
“A little disappointing on the play today,” Rochester coach Cory Good said. “But I think there’s just a lot of things we didn’t do real well today.”
Ethan Medina, Zink and Hunting all had singles for Rochester. Warsaw pitchers walked five and also committed four errors but worked through the baserunning traffic.
Rochester pitchers walked nine.
Warsaw scored first in the second on O’Malley’s RBI grounder to Hunting at first base.
Polk’s two-run single and O’Malley’s RBI single made it 4-0 in the third. All three runs were unearned off Rochester starter Ethan Medina.
After Rochester scored in the top of the fourth, Warsaw answered on Cohen Heady’s two-out RBI single off Carson Paulik in the bottom half.
Medina started and went three innings and allowed five hits and one earned run with four walks and five strikeouts. Paulik went two innings and allowed two hits and one run while walking three and striking out three. McGlothin walked two but also picked off two baserunners in a hitless bottom of the sixth.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak in which Rochester had scored 48 runs.
Good called the game a “reality check.”
“We keep asking who’s going to beat us, and it’s ourselves,and that’s what happened today,” Good said. “Listen, I think it was the most walks we’ve had in a game this year, most errors we’ve had in a game. I don’t know about hits. We got a couple there late. It just wasn’t a clean game. The last three years, that’s been the status quo when we’ve shown up here. We just shoot ourselves in the foot a little bit. I think if we cleaned some things up today and got ourselves in some better counts and threw a little more strikes early, it’s a different ballgame.”
Warsaw 5, Rochester 2
Rochester 000 100 1 – 2 5 2
Warsaw 013 100 X – 5 7 4
WP – Corbin Johnston (3 ⅔ IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K)
LP – Ethan Medina (3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K)
2B – Tanner Reinartz (RHS), Tarick McGklothin (RHS)