SPRINGVILLE - It’s all Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy could ask for hosting class 2A’s third-ranked team in the state.
Hit the ball.
Dlouhy knew for his team to have any chance against powerful North Linn in their Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader Thursday, June 20, they were going to have to at the very least put the ball in play and make the talented Lynx work.
“For the most part, we did what I hoped we could,” said Dlouhy, as his team was handed an 8-1 loss in the opener.
“We only struck out five times, so we were able to hit the ball. North Linn just made the plays behind their pitchers where we struggled with that aspect making four errors behind ours.”
Leading 3-0 heading into the top of the fourth, the Lynx blew the game open scoring four times before the Orioles (6-17, 5-15) tacked on their lone run of the game when Bryce Wilson scored thanks to a passed ball.
“While we did do a good job of not striking out so much and putting the ball in play, we only had one hit,” said Dlouhy, as Zach March broke up the North Linn no-hit bid with a single in the fourth inning.
“Overall though, I can’t complain about this kind of effort by our guys against an opponent like North Linn. We made them work and that’s all I can ask for right now.”
The Lynx cruised to a 10-0 triumph in the second game that wasn’t blown open until the visitors plated five runs in the top of the seventh.
“Once again, we only struck out five times, but it makes it pretty tough to win when you only get two hits,” Dlouhy said. “Our defense let us down again, too. We had five errors and against good teams like North Linn, you just can’t have that.”
March and Gabe Dlouhy had the lone hits for the Orioles.
Springville hit the road Monday, June 17, and in the opener of a twinbill at Midland, March kept his team in it for as long as he could battling in a pitcher’s duel with Midland’s Britan Martens.
“I think we’re a team that’s very comparable to Midland,” Dlouhy said. “And for a while we played like it. But we made a few too many errors that allowed them to pull away.”
The Orioles trailed just 1-0 heading into the sixth before the Eagles plated three big runs to claim what ended as a 4-1 final.
Cade Zaruba walked and scored in the seventh inning for Springville’s lone tally of the opener.
March was solid working the game’s first four frames allowing no earned runs and fanned two.
The nightcap saw another tight contest end with Midland claiming a 6-3 decision.
“We had kids on the bases most of the game, we just couldn’t get enough of them around and in,” Dlouhy said. “Alex (Koppes) and Gabe (Dlouhy) pitched well and gave us a chance, and that’s all you can ask for is a chance to win.”
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the Eagles scored three times in the frame to take a 5-0 advantage before the Orioles answered scoring three of the game’s final four runs, two coming in the seventh when Caleb Christiansen and Bryce Wilson both crossed the plate.
Wilson was a perfect 3-for-3 while also driving home a fifth inning run.