Lakeview loses 12-4 after rough fourth inning
When Central City’s Dylan Soule stepped up to the plate against Lakeview in the bottom of the fourth it was a tie game, but things got bad quickly for Lakeview.
Soule blasted a home run, beginning a six-run inning for Central City that ultimately won the game for it, 12-4, as The Bank of the Valley Lakeview Seniors lost on Friday night on the road.
The game ended in the fifth inning when Lakeview’s pitcher Isaac Dreifurst struggled on the mound. He would hit one batter with a pitch, and walk three more. Cole Tessendorf would then replace Dreifurst, but he also walked his first batter. Central City then won when Kyle Knopik hit a ground ball and reached on an error by second baseman Carter Luedtke, allowing Dale Jones to score.
According to head coach Brach Johnson, things started to go downhill when one of their starting players went down with an injury, which was too much to overcome for Lakeview.
“Emotionally it was tough to see one of our players go down like that,” Johnson said.
Lakeview struggled from the plate. In 22 at-bats they were only able to muster five hits, two of which came of the bat of Cameron Drozd.
Johnson said he was happy to see Drozd be able to find success after he has been in a slump recently, and dealing with an injury.
“Cameron has been struggling with a back injury,” said Johnson. “We actually had him bunt which ended up scoring a run. “
The other two hits came from Jaden Johnson, who hit a line drive to center field and Luedtke, who got on base after hitting a ground ball which got through to right field.
Lakeview has a busy schedule coming up, where they will be playing makeup games on top of games already scheduled. According to Johnson, they play 11 games in nine days.
The next game for Lakeview (3-5) will be Wednesday on the road against Wayne.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org