LISBON - With very little going right through the first four frames of their class 1A district quarter-final contest against Midland Saturday, July 13, it would have been easy for the Springville baseball team to just cash it in and call it a season.
But that’s not how this team, or these players, do business.
“We got hit in the mouth by Midland and we got back up off the deck and punched right back,” said Oriole baseball coach Tony Dlouhy, as his team rallied from a 6-1 deficit scoring five sixth inning runs to tie the score.
“The way the boys responded to that situation was great to see, and a huge bright spot for the future of this program. These kids just will not quit. We had a good Midland on their heels, I just wish we could have scored one more run to take the lead in that inning. Things may have turned out a lot differently at the end.”
That end saw the Eagles mount a rally of their own scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-6 decision ending the 2019 Springville baseball summer with a 10-23 overall record.
“We had some things not go our way in the bottom of the sixth and Midland took advantage,” Dlouhy said. “But in the end we were right there with a chance to win, and as a coach that’s all you can ask for. A chance.”
The Orioles trailed 4-0 before Luke Menster crossed the plate in the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Caleb Christiansen, getting the Springville team, the visitors on the scoreboard, on the board.
Midland answered with two in their half of the fifth before Springville bats broke loose as Kyle Koppes, Zach March, Jack Hoogland, Menster and Cade Zaruba all scored in the huge five-run sixth.
Bryce Wilson keyed the rally with a clutch two-run single.
“I’m proud of my team,” Dlouhy said. “Things may not have gone the way we hoped they would record-wise, but we have a lot of talent on this roster. I honestly think we can make a big jump next summer.”
Menster led a solid 12-hit Springville offense going 3-for-4 while March, Gabe Dlouhy and Christiansen all added two hits each.