After a complete-game performance in Game 1, the STLCC baseball team let a pitchers’ duel get away from it as the Archers split the twin bill with Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods on April 21.
With drainage problems striking the Archers’ home field (Heine Meine Field) after last week’s storms, the Archers moved the doubleheader to St. Mary’s High.
Freshman pitcher Matt Hasenbeck (Eureka) took down the Monarchs with a complete-game 3-1 victory in Game 1. Hasenbeck threw seven innings and surrendered just one run in the contest, which lasted just 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Sophomore second baseman J.J. Kinnevan (St. Charles West) drove in the go-ahead runs for the Archers with a two-run single.
“(Hasenbeck) was able to throw three pitches for strikes,” head coach Tony Dattoli said. “It definitely helps. He had command of the zone and challenged hitters all day. It’s nice to get a pitching performance like that when we come out and scratch a couple of runs across late in the ballgame and played some good defense. He gave us an opportunity to win the game.”
However, Game 2 didn’t go the Archers’ way as they dropped a 5-2 decision. Sophomore lefty Dave Mullins (DeSmet) retired the first 13 Monarchs. Through six innings, Mullins held Maple Woods to two hits while striking out four. The Archers brought home a run on an RBI fielder’s choice by freshman center fielder Austin Evans (Kearney) in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Two STLCC errors on one play gave Maple Woods tying run, and after seven innings, the score was knotted at 1-1. In the eighth, Mullins continued to battle but allowed four straight Monarchs to reach base. He left after 7-1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs, six hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Maple Woods pushed across four runs in the eighth to take a 5-1 lead.
Evans lead off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, and scored on a groundout by sophomore catcher Alex Stoll (Valle) to close out the scoring.
“I don’t think you can put it on any one individual,” Dattoli said. “I think we all kind of played a part in that as far as the team aspect. We had some questionable decisions on where to throw and we gave them the run. It was the tying run, and the momentum kind of changed at that point. (Mullins) competed. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
With the split, STLCC’s record stands at 22-22 (13-11 mark in Region XVI). Up next for the Archers is a doubleheader against non-region opponent Lewis and Clark Community College at 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 23) at Heine Meine Field.
Region XVI action will continue this weekend as STLCC heads to Trenton, Mo., to take on North Central Missouri College for a pair of doubleheaders. Friday’s games will begin at 1 p.m., and Saturday’s first pitch will be at noon.
Story by Tim Doty