Cavaliers lose two in Brighton
No matter how good a team’s pitching and defense are, it ultimately takes more runs than the other team to win. In its past three contests, all road losses, the Carlinville High School’s varsity baseball team has been out-scored 18-5 and out-hit 22-13.
CHS was out-scored 9-1 in two games against Southwestern High School that took place in Brighton April 29.
The Piasa Birds defeated the Cavaliers 5-1 in the opening game of the doubleheader.
Southwestern got single runs in the first, third and fourth innings and pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Carlinville got its only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning as Ben Rogers scored after reaching base on a walk. Jeffrey Hart finished with a team-high two hits in three at-bats. Joeb Easterday, Marcus Herschelman each had hits for CHS.
The Cavaliers finished the first game with four hits and two errors. The Piasa Birds collected eight hits and didn’t commit any errors.
Kris Emmons started on the mound for CHS. He went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Emmons walked four and struck out two. Emmons threw 119 pitches and faced 31 batters. Emmons now has a record of 1-4 this season. He has a team-best earned-run-average of 2.81.
In the second game, Southwestern limited Carlinville to just three hits in a 4-0 shutout. The Piasa Birds, who were the road team in the nightcap, got single runs in the fourth and seventh innings and added two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Contributing hits in the second game for CHS were Bryce DeSpain, Ross Albert and Emmons. DeSpain’s hit went for extra bases as he had a double. Carlinville struck out just three times and did not draw any walks in the second contest.
Dalton Jamieson was the starting pitcher for CHS. He struck out seven and walked three. Jamieson allowed three runs — all unearned — on five hits. Jamieson is now 2-2 on the season and has a 3.68 ERA. Hart relieved Jamieson and pitched one inning. He allowed one run on one hit.
Carlinville is now 6-12 on the season. The team is 0-5 in South Central Conference games. The first game April 29 against Southwestern was a conference contest while the second game was a non-conference affair. Carlinville is just 1-6 in road games in 2013.
Multiple road games
Carlinville traveled to Vandalia for a conference game April 30. Results were unavailable by press time. Check out the May 9 edition of the Enquirer~Democrat for a game summary.
CHS hosts Gillespie Thursday, May 2, and takes on Pana Thursday, May 9, for Senior Night.
The Cavaliers also have road games at East Alton-Wood River May 1, Roxana May 3, and Litchfield May 6.
The Cavaliers got a single run in the top of the second and, after falling behind 9-1, got three runs in the seventh inning to get within five runs.
Staunton out-hit Carlinville 8-6 in the victory. CHS committed four errors while SHS had two errors.
Dalton Jamieson led CHS with two hits. Adding hits for Carlinville were Bryce DeSpain, Eric Pingolt, Albert and Hart.
Joeb Easterday was the starting pitcher for CHS. He went 4 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked six. Easterday allowed four hits. Just three of the seven runs he allowed were earned. Pingolt relieved Easterday, and went 1 2-3 innings. Pingolt allowed two runs on four hits.