Cavaliers fall short against Shells
By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School’s varsity baseball team had its three-game winning streak stopped in a 5-4 home loss to Roxana High School April 22. The Cavaliers fell behind early 2-0 in the first inning, got within 2-1 in the third inning and trailed 5-1 after the top of the fourth after the Shells pushed across three runs.
Carlinville tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth to get within 5-4 but was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.
“I like the fighting spirit,” CHS coach Logan Ridenour said after the game. “We showed a lot of guts. It’s just mental mistakes that killed us. We don’t up that two-run first inning, those runs are unearned, and we win the game … We got behind, we did fight, and I’m proud of them for that but (if) we play a little cleaner game, I think we have a definite victory.”
Eric Pingolt and Joeb Easterday both contributed two hits in three at-bats for the Cavaliers. Both of Pingolt’s hits were doubles. Bryce DeSpain drove in the first run in the sixth with a double to right-center. Easterday brought home two more runs with a single up the middle. Scoring runs for CHS were Dalton Jamieson, Ben Rogers, Ross Albert and Brayton Gibbs.
Carlinville’s three-run sixth inning started with a one-out walk by Rogers. Albert then followed with a single just inside the third base bag, putting runners on second and third. DeSpain cranked a long double into the gap in right center. A popup into shallow right field handled by the second baseman wasn’t deep enough for Albert to tag up. Easterday came through with a two-run single up the middle to plate what ended up being Carlinville’s final runs of the day. Gibbs struck out looking to end the sixth-inning for CHS.
CHS hurler Kris Emmons, who went five innings, ran into trouble as the first four Shells hitters reached base in the top of the fourth.
Roxana got a leadoff infield single followed by another base hit down the left-field line. A wild pitch moved both base runners up and the third batter of the inning reached on a walk. A single to left field drove in two runs, making it 4-1, and left runners on first and second. The first out of the inning came as the lead runner attempted to steal third base. A ground out to third baseman Eric Pingolt moved the lead runner up to third base. The base runner later scored on a wild pitch. Emmons got a strikeout to end the inning.
For the game, Emmons allows five runs — two earned — and seven hits. He also struck out five, walked three and hit one batter. Emmons, who has a 1-3 record, this season, has thrown a team-high 31 1-3 innings and started a team-best five games for the Cavaliers. He has posted a team-leading 2.68 earned run average and appeared in seven games.
Pingolt pitched the sixth and seventh innings for Carlinville.
The Carlinville defense helped Pingolt in a big way, getting double plays in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, with the Roxana runner going on contact, the batter sent a sharp line drive to center field which was caught by Albert. Albert threw in to Rogers who stepped on second base to complete the inning-ending 8-6 double play. In the seventh, Roxana’s first batter was hit by the pitch. Pingolt then got a 6-4-3 double play turned by Rogers, Marcus Herschelman and Easterday. A two-out rally with a double off the fence in left-field and a grounder to second which took a bad bounce and allowed the batter to reach base safely proved harmless as Pingolt got the next Roxana batter to foul out to catcher DeSpain with runners at the corners.
Carlinville is now 6-9 on the season and 0-4 in South Central Conference games. Roxana improved to 7-12 with the victory and is 2-2 in conference games.
Logan Reardon pitched the entire game for the Shells, striking out 12 and walking just one batter.
Carlinville had runners reach in both the fourth and fifth innings but was unable to push across any runs. In the bottom of the fourth, Pingolt lined a two-out double down the left-field line but was stranded when Easterday struck out to end the inning. In the fifth, the leadoff hitter Gibbs reached base on an error as the shortstop’s throw to first was off the mark. Roxana got the first out on a strikeout. Herschelman struck out for the second out and Gibbs was gunned down at second trying to steal, ending the inning.
Carlinville 8, Greenfield 5
Carlinville earned a 8-5 home win over Greenfield April 20 in its first game in a week. Ridenour called the victory “a good, solid win for the team,” though he admitted that it appeared the team hadn’t played in several days.
“You could tell we hadn’t played in a week, we kind of had to knock the rust off a little bit,” Ridenour said.
The Cavaliers got two runs in the first and second innings, and then scored two in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-1. The Tigers scored four times in the fifth frame to pull within 6-5 but CHS responded with two more runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-5.
DeSpain, Rogers, Albert, Pingolt and Jeffrey Hart each had two hits for Carlinville in the win. Overall, CHS out-hit Greenfield 11-5. Herschelman and Elijah Barber both scored two runs for the Cavaliers. Herschelman and Albert each contributed doubles.
Jamieson started on the mound for Carlinville. He went four 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits. Just one of the five runs was earned. Jamieson walked four batters and struck out three. For the season, Jamieson now has a 2-2 record with a 3.68 earned run average in 13 1-3 innings.
Road games against Staunton, Southwestern
Carlinville was scheduled to host Gillespie April 24. See the May 2 edition for game coverage. Also, CHS travels to Staunton High School Friday, April 26, and has a road game against Southwestern High School in Brighton Monday, April 29.