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Archers Drop Doubleheader to Crowder

March 22, 2013

Enruqie Finol  
Archer shortstop Enrique Finol applies the tag to a Crowder baserunner in Region XVI action March 22. The Archers dropped the doubleheader to Crowder.

The St. Louis Community College baseball team was on the losing side of two tough, close battles to Region XVI foe Crowder College on March 22 at Heine Meine Field. The losses put STLCC’s record at 10-10 on the year and 4-2 in Region XVI play.

In Game 1, the Archers were no-hit by Crowder pitcher Chris Caudle and fell 2-0. Sophomore Dave Mullins (DeSmet) surrendered a two-run home run in the top of the first, but was lights-out after the hiccup. In seven innings, Mullins fanned eight, allowed five hits and walked one. Sophomore third baseman Larry Schimsa (Pacific) did reach base twice by way of an error and a walk.

“You got to tip your cap to the kid (Caudle),” Archers head coach Tony Dattoli said. “I’m not going to take anything away from him. He did a great job. I don’t think our approaches were very good.”

The Archers and the Roughriders had a see-saw affair in Game 2. STLCC jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore first baseman Mike Erhard (CBC) brought home freshman center fielder Austin Evans (Kearney) with a sacrifice fly. After Crowder knotted up the score at 1-1, freshman left fielder Collin Zurweller’s (Fort Zumwalt East) RBI single put the Archers back on top 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

Crowder tied up the score once again in the top of the fifth and took the lead in the top of the eighth inning. STLCC managed to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but stranded the runners. Freshman Adam Bax (Blair Oaks) took the loss with eight innings pitched.

Dattoli said the Archers need to improve in its at-bats, but the pitching kept STLCC in the doubleheader.

“We can’t give extra outs,” Dattoli said. “We’ve got runners in scoring position; you can’t strike out. We did it all day. What you take from it is what you didn’t do right. There’s enough there that we didn’t perform and do it to the best of our abilities. The one thing you can take out of it — pitching is where we expect it to be, and it’s keeping up in the ballgame.”

Story by Tim Doty