SPRINGVILLE - It’s sports cliche’ at its finest, but Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy is preaching patience as his Orioles opened a challenging first week with four tough losses.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Dlouhy, as his team dropped both games of a doubleheader hosting Bellevue-Marquette Thursday, May 23, including a tight 9-7 finale.
“The sad part of the second game was that Marquette only had two earned runs. We gave up too many walks and made too many errors and they eventually came back to haunt us.”
Springville struck quickly in the nightcap when Gabe Dlouhy delivered a two-run single that plated teammates Alex Koppes and Kyle Koppes in the bottom of the first.
The Mohawks bounced back with three runs in the top of the second to take a one-run advantage then added a single run in the fourth.
But back came the Orioles with a two run bottom of the fourth that tied the score at 4-4 as Caleb Christiansen and Tommy Hagensick both crossed the plate.
The visitors again took the lead scoring runs in the next three frames, and led 9-4 entering the bottom of the seventh.
But Springville (0-4, 0-4) still wasn’t done.
“We had chances there at the end, and almost came all the way back,” Dlouhy said. “We had the tying run at the plate, but came up just short.”
Kyle Koppes, Zach March and Dlouhy all scored in the final frame as the hosts came up two runs short.
The first game, and 2019 home opener for the Orioles, saw Springville succumb to a tough 11-4 setback, even though the team led 3-1 early on.
“We played a team of young Bellevue-Marquette boys who were eager and just wanted it more than we did,” Dlouhy said. “Everything was there, we just couldn’t put all the pieces together to get the win.”
After the Mohawks plated a first inning run, Springville answered with three in the bottom of the second as Christiansen, Hagensick and Cade Zaruba all crossed the plate.
The visitors knotted the score at 3-3 scoring two runs in the third, but when Zach March crossed the plate in the fifth, the Orioles led again.
“The problem was, it didn’t stay that way for long,” said Dlouhy, as the Mohawks closed scoring the game’s final eight runs, including five in the seventh.
“We’re not off to the start we hoped for, but I have confidence in this team and these kids to bounce back. They’re just too talented not to.”
The 2019 season opened with a 6-1 loss in the first game of a twinbill at Calamus-Wheatland Monday, May 20.
It was the Orioles who jumped to the early led when Dlouhy delivered an RBI plating March, but it would be all the team would muster in the opener.
The Warriors tied the score with a run in the fourth before a three-run fifth proved to be the difference.
Springville bats were held to two hits while March got the opening day start on the mound and worked 4.1 innings fanning seven Calamus-Wheatland batters while allowing a mere two hits.
The hosts dominated the finale cruising to a 12-2, four-inning triumph.
Again, it was the Orioles who scored first however, as Dlouhy ripped a two-out two-run single that plated Bryce Wilson and Alex Koppes.
The Warriors answered scoring the game’s final 12 runs, ending with five in the bottom of the fourth.