Kittitas baseball gives up 8 runs in the 6th inning, loses 13-9
SELAH — Everything was going according to plan for the Kittitas High School baseball team Tuesday evening.
The Coyotes had a four-run lead on Selah’s JV squad and were looking like they were going to claim their sixth straight win. Then the sixth inning came around. Kittitas gave up eight runs on just four hits to watch what was a once lead transform into a 13-9 loss at Carlon Park.
Coyotes head coach Eric Sorensen stood on the bottom step of the visitors’ dugout, perplexed by what was happening.
“The biggest number on the scoreboard was the seven errors (we committed),” said Sorensen said. “If we didn’t commit those we would have won this game.”
Kittitas tallied three errors during the pivotal sixth inning that included a routine throw to first and a missed throw from the outfield that ended up in Selah’s dugout.
“It stings, but it is a good learning experience,” Sorensen said.
Lael leads the offense
Kittitas took the lead in the second inning when it plated two runs on wild pitches, but the offense really got going one inning later. Senior Jerome Lael singled up in the middle to score Ben Weber and then singled to left in the fourth inning, to claim a 5-4 lead.
Although Selah rallied to tie the score in the bottom half of the fourth inning, Lael proved to be a thorn in the Vikings’ side. With runners on first and second, Lael tripled into the right field corner for his third hit and his third and fourth RBIs of the game.
He finished 3-for-4 with a game-high 4 RBIs.
“I was just sitting back and driving the ball,” Lael said.
Sixth inning letdown
It didn’t take long for Sorensen to make the move to senior Travis Ledgard after sophomore pitcher Nick Meador started the sixth inning by walking the first two batters.
Things did not get better as Ledgard hit the first batter and an error by the shortstop scored two runs.
After two singles to tie the game, another throwing error gave Selah a two-run lead. All that was needed was three straight RBIs by the Vikings to be in complete control.
Lael watched from the infield dirt as everything was happening and said his team really needed to work on its attitude.
“When we were down a lot of players were slouching,” Lael said. “I was slouching, too. We need to get louder in the dugout and back our pitchers up in a time like that.”
While Ledgard was saddled with the loss and gave up four unearned runs, Sorensen expressed plenty of confidence in his senior pitcher.
“With Travis I believe in him and I knew he could get though it,” Sorensen said. “I’m going to put him in the same position next time and I know I will get a different result.”
Kittitas resumes play on Friday when it travels to Wenatchee Valley College to face a doubleheader with Okanogan High School.
First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5 p.m.