Rocks lose mudding battle with Pacific 8-0 - South Callaway game summary

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Photos by Kyle Quick

 New Haven, Mo – New Haven had taken a beating from Pacific earlier this year, losing 14-1.

Last night, New Haven suffered their third straight loss, falling bellow .500 (4-5) for the first time this year, in what was a questionable decision by the home plate umpire, calling the game after five innings of play due to heavy rain that began falling in the top of the fourth inning.

Austin Madden pitched a solid three and two thirds, giving up two runs as New Haven trailed 2-0.  Pacific’s Andrew David pitched five scoreless innings, striking out seven, and holding New Haven to just one hit.

Pacific struck first in the second inning with a led off double by Josh Conley followed by Tanner Brown’s RBI double. (1-0) Madden went on to retire three straight Indians after Pacific scored their second run of the inning. (2-0)

Kyle Ruediger led off the third inning, ripping a shot to deep center field for a stand up double however; New Haven was unable to capitalize as David went on to strike out the side.

Things became a little sloppy when rain began to fall, increasing in intensity as they began the fourth inning.

Kyle Dean led off the fourth inning with a line drive single.  Madden walked the next batter.  Madden came back by striking out Pacific’s lead off hitter then recorded a second out by jamming Hank Vandaveer causing him to pop out.

Rain continued coming down and areas of the field began to puddle up.  Between innings, due to the heavy rain, both the pitching mound and batting box had to be raked and treated with a drying powder.

Umpires continuously switched out baseballs, drying them off in an attempt to give the pitcher a dry one.

The rule is that if a game is called after five innings of play, it is considered a complete game regardless of the score.  As the fifth inning was over and skies began to clear, the home plate umpire ended the game.

One must give credit to Pacific for scoring six earned runs in the fourth inning.  Josh Moore hit a two out triple, scoring two runs, followed by an RBI double and giving Pacific a five run lead.  The Indians went on to score six runs on two outs in the fourth inning and an 8-0 led which would the final score.

Madden picked up his first loss on the year falling to 2-1.  Ruediger went one for two with a double.

Pacific’s Andrew David improves to 3-0 on the year and the Indians remain undefeated at 5-0.

Tues. April 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pacific 0 2 0
6 0 - - 8 10 1
New Haven
0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 1 1

New Haven vs South Callaway

Schwentker hits a line drive to deep center field for a two out triple.

New Haven, Mo - Monday night New Haven fell to South Callaway 15-5.  One highlight from Monday was Andrew Schwentker’s two out triple to deep center field in the bottom of the third but the Rocks ended the inning with a fly ball by Austin Madden as New Haven trailed 8-0.

The Shamrocks were held scoreless for four innings and down 11 runs.  Thanks to two errors on the Bulldogs shortstop New Haven scored four runs in the fifth inning but South Callaway came right back to score three more runs in the sixth, sealing the win.

Austin Madden smokes a hard hit ball to left field.

 

Mon. Apr 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
South Callaway 5 1 2 3 1 3 - 15 11 3
New Haven
0 0 0 0 4 1 - 5
6 1