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BASEBALL: College Park caps difficult week with comeback win at Conroe

March 26, 2017 GMT

There’s that old song from the 1970s, ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’.

After a rough night Friday against The Woodlands, College Park coach Jason Washburn was hoping his team could respond in a Saturday game at Elmore Field against Conroe.

The Cavaliers were down a run entering the final inning with Tigers, but were able to plate two runs in the seventh to take a pivotal District 12-6A game, 3-2.

College Park beat Oak Ridge on Tuesday by a run before losing to the Highlanders by 10 runs Fridgay in a game that pitted the district’s top two teams at the moment.

“It was a huge week,” Coach Washburn said. “Playing three district games in a week, that can be taxing on any high school baseball team. If you would have said we would win two out of three this week, I would have said ‘let’s go’.”

College Park (5-8-1, 5-1) got a solid performance on the mound by Daylon Farmer and it executed a perfect squeeze bunt to tie the game in the top of the seventh. The Cavaliers took the lead on the next batter.

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“Outstanding job tonight by my guys rebounding from a tough loss,” Coach Washburn said.

Conroe (7-8, 1-3) had its Friday night game at Montgomery rained out and didn’t have much going for it at the plate through five innings against the Cavaliers.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Riley Wohlschlaeger led off with a single and stole second base two batters later. With two outs, Tigers third baseman Justin Perez deposited the ball over the left field fence for a two-run homer and to take a 2-1 lead.

“We have two quality third baseman between him and (Andrew) Paulsey,” Conroe coach Jeff Raymer said. “This was an opportunity to get (Perez) in the lineup and he did what you do when you get an opportunity. He took advantage of it and put a good swing on a good pitch. Temporarily gave us the lead and played a nice third base too.”

Conroe starter Colton Debowski returned to the mound for the seventh inning after only allowing a run on an RBI double by College Park’s Michael Loggins in the third inning (he was cut down at third base on the relay to end the inning).

Luke Trahan led off the seventh by reaching base on an error by Conroe shortstop Tyler Linneweber, who up to that point was having a stellar day defensively as he was a part of three double plays, including a slick bare-hand grab on a toss from second baseman Dawson Shibley and a throw to firs to complete the 4-6-3 double play.

“We had the one hiccup in the seventh inning,” Raymer said. “But Tyler Linneweber is a fantastic shortstop and I’ll put him in there above anybody. It happens. Everybody makes mistakes or errors. But he made some outstanding plays that kept us in the game and give us a chance to win. We just move on for that.”

Luke Repka, who was 3-for-3, then punched a single to left field and advanced to second base on the throw.

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With runners at second and third and no outs, Josh Trahan squeezed home his brother Luke with a bunt.

“It was a fantastic bunt and he did a great job coming right out of the timeout,” Coach Washburn said.

Evan Cameron then singled home Repka for the eventual winning run.

“You tip your cap to College Park,” Raymer said. “They executed offensively that last inning and we know they’re a disciplined team and they can put pressure on a defense.”

Conroe had a runner at second with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t get the big hit as Chase Burchett came away with the save for College Park.

Farmer lasted six innings to start the game and allowed four hits. He struck out five, walked two and hit one batter.

“The story of the game is Daylon Farmer,” Coach Washburn said. “Daylon Farmer was outstanding. I think he threw 86 pitches through six (innings). He just had them off balance. He did a great job save for one mistake.”

Eric Bordovsky scored the run in the third inning for the Cavaliers and reached base all three at-bats with two walks and a single.

Debowski went all seven innings for the Tigers. He struck just one and allowed nine hits.

“He wasn’t his best, but he did a fantastic job,” Raymer said. “Our motto with our pitchers is to give the team the chance to win. He absolutely did that.”

The righty combined with the defense kept Conroe in it despite a lack of run production.

“We pride ourselves on pitching and defense,” Raymer said. “That’s the easiest way to keep yourself in baseball games and give yourself a chance to win at the end. Today we did that.”

Coach Washburn was happy to come out of a tough road game with the win.

“That’s a good ball club over there,” Washburn said. “Debowksi pitched great and they played great defense turning three double plays.”

College Park hosts Lufkin on Tuesday while Conroe travels to Oak Ridge. This week is the start of District 12-6 teams playing home-and-home games on Tuesday and Friday with the same opponent.