Despite Schoenfeld’s pitching performance Shamrocks loss 6-1

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Sturgeon, MoGarrett Schoenfeld took the mound for New Haven in Wednesday’s State Quarter Final against the Sturgeon Bulldogs.

Schoenfeld had one of his best outings on the year, striking out seven while only walking one batter.  Schoenfeld gave up eight hits on six runs, only one run was earned.

In the top half of the first inning with two outs, New Haven committed a costly error after a ground ball hit to short and what should have been an easy force at second was mishandled by Jake Terschluse (second baseman) that led to Sturgeon’s three run inning.

Coach Jim Scheer said, “That play changed the whole complexity of the game. (Error at second)  I’m not blaming anyone, it just ended up being a key play in the game.”

New Haven got off to a good start of their own in the first -- getting their leadoff batter [Ross Seitter] on base, followed by Austin Madden single to right field.

Seitter then scored off John Carey’s RBI single – on that same play Madden was thrown out at third.

John Carey connects for an RBI single.

Coach Scheer said, “On that same play we made one of two base running errors in the inning…center fielder miss handled Carey’s base hit and Madden who is an aggressive runner was thrown out at third…then we didn’t tag on a fly ball.”

New Haven continued battling and hitting the ball hard – Instead of finding the holes, New Haven had several hard hit balls right to a Sturgeon player.

The Shamrocks were unable to get that “one hit” something they did in previous games. New Haven left the bases loaded twice and ended the game, leaving 14 runners on base.

Scheer said, “We hit the ball hard…lined out once to shortstop…hit the ball hard up the middle several times…we had nine hits…can’t complain much about our hitting.  But today… getting hits at the right time and runs in was a little different than previous games.”

New Haven’s season ending record, 11-14, is an inaccurate portrayal of Coach Scheer’s ballclub.  The Shamrocks have one of the toughest regular season schedules compared to most Class 1 schools.

A more accurate way to describe this year’s team is they finished the season as one of the top eight Class 1 baseball teams in the state out of approximately 160 schools.

Season notes:

Sophomore Ross Seitter (Pictured right) and junior Austin Madden led New Haven in hitting on the season and then exploded during the post season.

Seitter batted a team high .397 overall and a ridicules .625 during the playoffs.

Madden finished the season hitting .351 and led the team in postseason play with an average of .650.

Rounding out the Shamrock’s top three hitters is freshman Kyle Ruediger, with a season average of .327 and a postseason average of .571.

Senior John Carey led the team with 20 RBIs and averaged .315 from the plate.

Junior Blake Eggers found his groove once districts began.  During the season Eggers’s averages .192 – during postseason, Eggers became a dangerous threat at the plate, batting .500.

Pictured right, Kyle Ruediger.

The Shamrocks loss four seniors, John Carey, Ben Kallmeyer, Jake Terchluse, and John Duke, on the upside, New Haven’s top two pitchers, Madden and Schoenfeld, will return along with five of their top seven hitters.