The St. Louis Community College baseball team surrendered nine runs late to Wabash Valley College, then staged a furious comeback that fell one run short in an 11-10 loss April 8 at Heine Meine Field.
Sophomore third baseman Larry Schimsa (Pacific) led the Archers’ attack with five RBIs.
Sophomore left-hander Chris Kirkpatrick (Clearwater) started the game for the Archers. He surrendered two runs in the top of the first, but Schimsa tied up the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.
After the rough nine-run eighth inning, the Archers responded methodically. They scored four runs of their own in the home half of the eighth, as Schimsa knocked in two runs with a two-out base hit. Freshman shortstop Enrique Finol (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.) followed up by driving in two more runs, thanks in part to a Wabash error.
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore pitcher/first baseman Mike Erhard (CBC) brought home a run with the bases loaded to bring the game to 11-7. Sophomore infielder J.J. Kinnevan (St. Charles West) had a two-run single to pull STLCC within two runs. Schimsa then delivered a base hit to bring home another run to make it a one-run contest. However, the Archers couldn’t push across the tying run.
“I think the ninth inning fed off the eighth inning,” assistant coach Scott Goodrich said. “I think we knew with that guy on the mound, if we forced him to throw strikes, we’d have a chance. We made a mention of it when he came into the eighth to make sure he throws strikes. Don’t chase anything outside the zone and try to take advantage of every at-bat. Let’s just have the mentality of, ‘Hey, let’s not make an out and see what we can do.’”
The loss drops STLCC to 14-19 on the season. The Archers will take on Fontbonne University’s junior varsity on Wednesday (April 10) at Fontbonne. The Archers then will face Region XVI foe St. Charles Community College in a doubleheader April 11.
Goodrich said the team will use what it learned in the late-game rally as it prepares for its next games.
“We waited for our pitch, and when we saw our pitch we jumped on it,” Goodrich said. “We ran the bases pretty well, and we put pressure on them. Unfortunately of course, that’s just one inning. If we played like that for nine innings, we probably would have had a different result.
“Unfortunately, there are no moral victories in this game. It still goes down as a loss,” he added. “We did compete really hard in the ninth, so for us to move forward, we have to try to understand that’s the competitiveness we need for all nine innings, not just one inning.”
Story by Tim Doty