MARINETTE,Wis. — Goodman-Pembine’s comeback came up a little short here Wednesday in a 2-1 baseball loss to Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas in a Division 5 regional final. This marked the first regional crown in 12 years for the Cavaliers (12-7), who will advance to the sectional tournament Tuesday at Athens. The Patriots finished 9-8.
STAA claims regional baseball crown over Patriots | News, Sports, Jobs “It was a tough game,” said Patriots’ coach Codey Ehlert. “We definitely came alive in the end. We played well. It was a well-pitched game.”
The Patriots’ Bryson McVay reached on an error in the seventh, but got stranded at second. Ethan Russell scored the Cavalier’s first run on Josh Kristof’s double along the leftfield line in the first. Kristof then scored on Shallow’s sacrifice fly to center.
“We were hoping to carry that over into the seventh, but couldn’t capitalize with hits,” said Ehlert. “We have a young team. We’ll be back.” G-P’s Jacob Kessel reached base on a fielding error with one out in the sixth inning, then scored on sophomore Ryan Erickson’s single to rightfield.
Shallow tossed a three-hitter, struck out six and walked one. Freshman Ryan Ehlert, who pitched the opening frame, took the loss. He gave up two runs on two hits and walked two. Erickson fanned six, walked none and allowed just one hit in five innings of relief.
The Patriots had a scoring chance when Eli Marcy opened the second by reaching on a fielding miscue. Marcy, however, was thrown out trying to score on Landan Kalkofen’s single to right. “I just kept pounding the strike zone and let the other guys make plays,” he said. “We had a good first inning. That gave us confidence and we pulled it out.”
G-P committed one error and the Cavaliers finished with three. “I just kept pounding the strike zone and let the other guys make plays,” he said. “We had a good first inning. That gave us confidence and we pulled it out.”
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