Cavies lose lead late in Litchfield
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Not having played in two weeks, the Carlinville baseball team was surprised to discover they had a game that was actually going to be played Monday afternoon in Litchfield.
The team has had a game postponed or canceled on 14 different occasions thus far in 2017.
The sun made a rare spring appearance on a game day for the baseball Cavies, who jumped out to an early lead.
But Litchfield mustered a late rally to beat the Cavaliers 10-7 Monday. Litchfield is now 3-16, 2-7 in the conference, while the Cavies are 5-12, 2-5 in conference play.
The Cavaliers scored three runs in the top of the first inning.
Tucker Hughes singled, stole second, eventually scoring on a wild pitch as Kyle Dixon reached on a third strike wild pitch. Dixon later stole home to make it 2-0. With two outs, Garrett Campbell singled, stole second and scored on Konnor Emmons’ RBI-single. It was 3-0.
Litchfield got two runs back in the bottom of the first inning, but the Cavaliers came right back in the second.
With one out, Hughes singled, was balked to second, stole third. Colton DeLong walked and went to second. Both scored on a single by Jake Ambuel to make it a 5-2 game.
Carlinville got a run in the third as Nick Havlin walked, scoring on a Dixon single with two outs.
Litchfield countered with two runs in the third to get within 6-4.
It was 6-5 after four innings, and the Purple Panthers then scored three in the fifth and two in the sixth to go ahead 10-6.
Carlinville got a leadoff double from Hughes to start the seventh and an RBI-single from Dixon to make it 10-7, but could not get any closer.
Hughes finished three for four with three runs and a double; Dixon had two hits, a run and three RBIs; DeLong scored a run; Ambuel had a hit and two RBIs; Campbell had a hit and run; Emmons had two hits and an RBI; Havlin scored a run; and Josh Hinzman had a single.
Dixon started on the bump, allowing four hits and five earned runs over three and two-third innings, walking seven and striking out three. Ambuel allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits over two and one-third innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.
Carlinville headed to Calhoun on Tuesday, will host Staunton Wednesday and Jersey on Thursday for Senior Night.
The team opens regional play at North Mac Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.