Cavies baseball heating up down the stretch
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Carlinville’s baseball team once again played the role of comeback after spotting Staunton a 4-0 lead early Wednesday evening at Carlinville High School.
With a win, Staunton would have an outside shot of finishing in a possible five-way tie for the conference title if everything went just right. Gillespie would have to beat Vandalia for that scenario to unfold.
Well, Staunton could not hold up its end of the bargain as a seven-run fifth inning propelled the Cavaliers to an 8-4 victory.
Carlinville improved to 6-13, 3-5 in the conference. Staunton is 14-10, 6-3.
Five pitches into the game, Marcus Karl hit a home run to left field off Carlinville starter Tucker Hughes to make it 1-0.
Staunton would get two more runs in the inning. An RBI-single by Austin Tallman scored Griffin Bianco. Nick Yates scored on a groundout by Cullen McBride.
In the second, a fielder’s choice by Ryan Best plated Devin Ray to make it a 4-0 game.
Ray started for Staunton on the mound, going smoothly for the first three innings.
Carlinville got a run in the fourth inning as Colton DeLong reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring on a ground out by Nick Havlin.
Meanwhile, Garrett Campbell came in and shut down the Staunton offense over the final five innings. In fact, Campbell allowed just two baserunners over the final five innings, a hit by a pitch in the fourth and an error leading off the seventh.
The Cavaliers then seized control of the game during a seven-run barrage in the fifth inning.
Konnor Emmons led off with a walk, and Josh Hinzman also walked. With one out, Hughes doubled home two runs to make it a 4-3 game.
Kyle Dixon then singled home the game-tying run.
DeLong then singled and Dixon scored the go-ahead run to make it 5-4.
After Jake Ambuel walked, the second out was recorded, but the bats weren’t done for Carlinville. Campbell singled and Emmons knocked in two runs with a triple.
All told, it was 8-4 Cavaliers after five innings, which is the way it finished.
Campbell struck out four in getting the win in relief. Hughes had struck out one over two innings.
Hughes had a double and RBI with run scored; Dixon had two hits, run, two RBIs; DeLong hit, RBI, two runs; Ambuel run; Havlin RBI; Campbell two hits, run, RBI; Emmons triple, run, two RBIs; Hinzman run scored and Donovan King had a single.
Ray took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits over four and a third innings, striking out five.
Bianco and Ray had doubles and Karl the home run for Staunton.
Regionals CHS 8, North Mac 2
The Cavies traveled to Virden Monday to open regional play against the North Mac Panthers.
The Cavs were 0-2 in the regular season against the Panthers. However, this is a different season. The Cavies scored six first inning runs and cruised to an 8-2 victory.
Carlinville (7-13) now plays Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against top-seeded Pleasant Plains at Auburn.
It didn’t take Carlinville long to get on the board against North Mac’s Jordan Black, who threw 40 pitches in just two-thirds of an inning.
Hughes led off with a single and Dixon then reached on an error. DeLong drove in a run with a single. Campbell’s ground-ball out made it 2-0, while a wild pitch made it 3-0 with DeLong scoring.
Havlin then walked and Hinzman singled. Hinzman scored on an error, and Emmons singled in a run, scoring on an error to make it a 6-0 game.
Dixon took that momentum to the mound, striking out four in the first inning, with one reaching base on a dropped third strike and issuing just one hit over the first three innings.
In the fourth, North Mac got on the board when Jake VanAusdall walked, scoring on Gage Gibson’s RBI-single to make it 6-1.
Carlinville got a leadoff walk from Hinzman in the fifth, followed by an Emmons two-run home run to right field, making it an 8-1 Cavies lead.
North Mac got their final run in the seventh, as Tyler Miller drove in a run with a ground out.
Dixon struck out seven, walked three and allowed two hits and two earned runs. Campbell finished up with two-thirds of an inning.
Tyler Miller pitched six and a third innings of relief for North Mac, striking out four and walking two, allowing six hits and two earned runs.
Emmons had three hits, including the home run, two runs and three RBIs; Hinzman had two hits and two runs; DeLong two hits, run, RBI; Hughes hit, run; Dixon hit, run; Campbell RBI; Havlin run and Donovan King single.
Gibson and Grant Graham had the lone hits for the Panthers, which finished with a record of 8-16.