Cortland OH- The Cardinal Huskies (12-7) traveled to face the host Lakeview Bulldogs (17-3 in an OHSAA Sectional Final contest. The Huskies had Jake Bean on the bump to start, as Andrew Brown was called upon for the Bulldogs.
Andrew Brown faced leadoff hitter Josh Soltis to start it off. A single had the Huskies their first baserunner of the night. With two outs back-to-back walks from Logan Strever and Carter Tucker to load them up. The Huskie hopes of a big 1st inning were squandered as Jackson Puruczky grounded out to first ending the top of the 1st.
The Huskie defense had a strong start through the first two batters. Matt Hissa and Carter Tucker were able to retire Andrew Brown and Tyler Capan respectively. Alex Stowe went down hacking to become Jake Bean´s first strikeout of the night.
Austin Jones reached first on an error to start the 2nd inning for Cardinal. The second error from the Bulldogs comes with one out that allowed Charlie Soltis to reach safely. A fielders choice and fly out ended the inning, bringing Lakeview to bat. A four run 2nd inning gave Lakeview a lead they would not surrender. Andrew McRobets leadoff double was the perfect start for the Bulldogs. With one out McRoberts scored on a passed ball. Brandon Toot drew a four pitch walk that was followed by and error on Troy Domen at short. Tyler Capan was hit by Bean´s pitch driving in another Bulldog run. The second consecutive error from the Huskies defense comes from Carter Tucker that would ultimately result in two more unearned runs, as Lakeview´s lead has jolted up to 4-0. A strikeout and ground out got the Huskies out of boiling waters.
Three-straight one out walks gave the Huskies the opportunity to come storming back. All momentum was halted as Jones struck out and Hunter Gresch flied out to right. Another one out Huskie error followed up by a single from Matthew DeProfio had Lakeview threatening to strike once again. They were shut down as a bunt back to Bean on the mound and a quick toss to home and tag from Puruczky behind the plate saved a run for Cardinal. Brown was retired to end the inning.
A leadoff hit-by-pitch for Charlie Soltis and one out base knock for Domen gave the Huskies a scoring opportunity. Bean would deliver with an RBI double to put Cardinal on the board, cutting the lead down to 3. A wacky 5-2-4 double play got reliever Tyler Capan out of another jam. The aforementioned Capan led off with a seeing-eye single between third and short. Back to back ground outs nearly had the inning over for Cardinal. But Lakeview was able to bring Capan across and counter the Huskies with a run of their own. With Alex Stowe at bat a passed ball would bring home Capan. Stowe was later struck out by Bean.
Strike outs of Tucker and Jones were split as Purczky reached on a one out error. Gresch would reach on two out fielders choice as the toss to second from shortstop Gino Lazzari trickled into center. With two one and two out Charlie Soltis grounded out to end the 5th for Cardinal. Bean struck out all three Lakeview batters in the 5th, although DeProfio reached on an error.
The top of the Huskie order was up to bat as they were down 5-1 in the 6th. Troy Domen´s double and stolen base gave Bean an RBI opportunity. His sacrifice fly drove in Domen as Cardinal cut the lead back down to 3. After Logan Strever reached on an error, Carter Tucker was retired to end the 6th. A 1-2-3 6th for Bean the included his 9th and final strikeout kept the Bulldogs in check heading into the 7th.
After Puruczky and Jones were retired by the Lakeview defense, Tyler Capan struck out Hunter Gresch to ultimately send the Bulldogs into the next round of the playoffs.
Jake Bean pitched well in the loss as all five Lakeview runs were all unearned. In his six innings of work he gave up only four hits with a walk, hit a batter and struck out nine.
JB (L): 6IP 4H BB 9K
The Huskie offense was lead by Jake Bean´s two RBIs and Troy Domen´s multi-hit game. Josh Soltis and Bean both collected hits for the Huskies.
JS: 1-4 R
TD: 2-3 R BB
JB: 1-3 2RBI
Andrew Brown and Tyler Capan pitched for Lakeview. Brown went three and a third innings pitched. He walked six batters, allowed two hits and a run with one strikeout in his win. Capan earned the save. Giving up two hits with three strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings pitched.
AB (W) : 3.1IP 2H 1ER 6BB 1K
TP (S) : 3.2IP 2H 3K
Four hits that were aided by many Cardinal misques spelled victory for Lakeview. Tyler Capan had an RBI and run scored. Matthew DeProfio, Andrew McRoberts and Gino Lazzari all collected his as well for the Bulldogs.
TP: 1-3 R RBI
GL: 1-4 2B
AM: 1-3 R 2B
MD: 1-3 R
Lakeview head coach Cam Carson
Lakeview's Tyler Capan & Gino Lazzari