McLouth baseball loses in regional semis
After winning their first postseason game in the first round of a Class 3A regional tournament last week, the McLouth High Bulldogs' baseball season came to an end Wednesday, May 14 with an 11-7 loss to Doniphan County in the semis.
MHS trailed 10-2 after four innings, but got the offense going late ultimately too late. McLouth coach Clay Mayer said that his Bulldogs hit the ball hard all day, but the hits didn't start falling safely to the ground until the game was out of reach.
"We had a case of the at 'ems the first three innings when we hit the ball right at 'em," Mayer said, pointing out that most of the runs for both squads came from two-out rallies.
"We were unfortunate against Doniphan County in the fact that we gave up five unearned runs and ended up losing by four," Mayer said. "Any time we give up 11 runs in a game, it makes it hard to win."
Despite the high-scoring contest, Mayer said neither starting pitcher Ryan Smith nor reliever Derrick Crouse was to blame in the loss.
"Our pitchers couldn't have done a better job of keeping the ball low and away the entire game," the coach said.
Senior Mark Stewart scored two runs, drove in three others and with two hits was the only Bulldog to record a multi-hit game, but MHS actually out-hit Doniphan, 7-6. It was the Bulldogs' five errors in the field that cost them.
The loss marked the end of the line for MHS seniors Smith, Stewart, Mike Rome and Brian Kabus and their coach said he appreciated what they brought to the team.
"I was proud of the seniors' efforts this year and their leadership shined in the final game of their high school careers," Mayer said. "They will be greatly missed."
Still, the coach has some juniors returning next season of which he's equally proud.
"My two juniors, Derrick Crouse and Vinny Gonzalez, did a nice job as well. I look forward to those two stepping into a leadership role next year," Mayer said.