SPRINGVILLE - Just when Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy thought he had seen it all, his Orioles went out and amazed yet again Thursday, June 27.
“We had a first inning like I have never seen this program have before,” said Dlouhy, as a whopping 13-run Springville bottom of the first powered the team to a resounding 18-3 blowout triumph over visiting Starmont in the second game of the Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader that ended in four frames.
“It just seemed like we could do no wrong at the plate offensively and defensively we were solid behind some very good pitching from Alex Koppes.”
The Orioles (10-18, 9-15) turned their line-up over three times in the first frame with Bryce Wilson batting three times and scoring two runs.
Kyle Koppes, Zach March and Gabe Dlouhy also crossed the plate twice in the frame before the hosts ended things early with a five-run bottom of the fourth.
“We really needed this,” Dlouhy said. “We had been struggling a bit and a game like this came at just the right time. Hopefully we can head into the post season with a little confidence and make a run and surprise a few people.”
March, Dlouhy and Caleb Christiansen all ripped two hits for the Springville offense while Koppes took advantage of all the support tossing a three-hitter at the Stars.
The opener saw a much tighter contest ending with the Orioles claiming an 8-3 decision.
“We had some chances to put this game away early and didn’t,” Dlouhy said. “We did get the bats rolling though, and Gabe threw a nice game allowing only one hit in his five innings of work.”
Dlouhy fanned six Starmont batters as Wilson and Kyle Koppes got the offense jump-started scoring first inning runs.
Leading 6-2 in the sixth, the hosts added some insurance when Kyle Koppes and March both scored.
Wilson and Kyle Koppes powered the Oriole bats with two hits each.
On the road playing inside the Clinton Lumber Kings’ minor league stadium Monday, June 24, Springville swept a twinbill from host Clinton Prince of Peace.
“It was fun for the kids to play in a professional league stadium,” said Dlouhy as his team claimed 14-4 and 15-5 routs over the Irish.
“We got offense from a lot of different kids, which was great to see. Hopefully we can maintain that kind of balance.”
Springville bats ripped 10 hits in the opener, led by three from Wilson while March tossed a six-hitter and struck our nine Prince of Peace batters in his five innings of work from the hill.
The nightcap saw 13 more hits from the Oriole offense while Alex (8) and Kyle Koppes (4) combined to strike out 12 Irish batters from the mound.
A six-run Springville third inning extended what was already a 5-0 advantage and blew the game wide open.
Wilson, Alex Koppes, March and Tommy Hagensick all connected for two hits in the finale.
The Orioles stepped out of conference play Wednesday, June 26, and were handed a rough 15-1, five-inning loss against visiting and class 3A Anamosa.
Springville bats were held to just three hits while an eight-run Raider second stanza proved to be too much to overcome.