Central baseball team swept on the road

Central Dutch Athletics

Central Dutch Athletics

DECORAH — A late rally in the nightcap by Luther College squashed the hopes of the Central College baseball team as the team was swept 12-0 and 8-7 on Saturday.

The overall season mark for Central is now 16-9, with a 6-8 record in American Rivers Conference matches.

Knotted 4-4 headed into the eighth of game two, Central had a leadoff double from shortstop Garrett Saunders (senior, Bonaparte, Van Buren HS) but could not punch a run across. Luther returned the favor with leadoff double in bottom of the inning, which sparked a three-run inning.

“They executed in the eighth inning and we didn’t,” coach Matt Schirm said. “It was disappointing to not pull the second game out.”

The Dutch did score one in the ninth but still lost 7-5.

“We’ve shown resiliency all year and that wasn’t any different today,” Schirm said. “The first game was probably the worst game we’ve played all year and obviously the scoreboard showed that.”

The 12-0 loss in the opener featured five errors and just two hits.

“We really had some tough luck outs,” Schirm said. “We actually hit better in the first game.”

Saunders was 3-for-4 at the plate while right fielder Tanner Wood (senior, Pella) drove in two runs from his cleanup spot in the second game.

“Garrett hit the ball hard all day and Tanner had some big at-bats for us,” Schirm said. “We just need to be more consistent up and down the lineup for more quality at-bats.

Nick Long (junior, Marshalltown, East Marshall HS) took the loss in the first game, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits and two walks.

“He pitched better the first three innings than it looked,” Schirm said. “We didn’t play good defense behind him and gave up some free bases that hurt us. He was up in the zone starting in the fourth inning and they knocked him around a little.”

Tyler Steward (sophomore, Norwalk) started the second game and went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs, but just one earned run. Rece Martin (sophomore, Saydel) took the loss after giving up four runs over 3.1 innings of work.

The final game of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday at noon in Decorah.

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