Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
Bellefontaine eliminated after 4-2 loss to Coldwater
COLDWATER — A few bad breaks spelled the end for the Bellefontaine Easton Water Solutions Acme baseball team here Wednesday night.
Bellefontaine’s Jordan Baughman makes a catch as Coldwater’s Mitch Heyne slides into home plate in the bottom of the third inning during their Acme state tournament game Wednesday night in Coldwater. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
Bellefontaine was unable to pull off another comeback win after falling behind early against host Coldwater, and exited the state tournament with a 4-2 loss in a loser’s bracket contest.
Bellefontaine finishes an impressive season with a 23-5 record.
“When you get to this level it comes down to who makes the most plays and the fewest mistakes,” said head coach Don Hensley. “They just made more plays than us. I’m still so proud of these guys.
“With summer ball teams you have kids that have family things or are involved in other sports, but they still come to play sore and give it their all. It says a lot about Bellefontaine baseball and its athletes. Great things are coming for this group because of their commitment.”
Coldwater advances to the loser’s bracket final Friday at 7 p.m. against Lima Shawnee.
The Cavs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mitch Heyne drove in Grant Muhlenkamp and Malave Bettinger brought in Brody Hoying with an RBI single.
After a scoreless second inning, Coldwater retired the first two Easton Water hitters in the top of the third. The Cavs then walked Gauge Hayman, but Connor Burton reached base on an error and that error also allowed Hayman to score, making it 2-1.
Jarrod Houchin followed with a double for Bellefontaine. Drake Roebuck and Jordan Baughman then worked back-to-back walks, and that brought in Burton to score to knot the game 2-2.
“It seems like we’ve played from behind all tournament long,” said Hensley. “So the fact that we got down early didn’t bother us.”
Coldwater bounced back in the bottom of the third frame when Blake Spangler hit an RBI single. That scored Heyne and allowed the Cavs to jump back ahead at 3-2.
Then the bad breaks began to hit Bellefontaine in the fourth inning.
After Coldwater hit two singles, the home plate umpire ruled catcher interference and that loaded the bases for the Cavs.
The bad luck continued to build during the next at bat. Easton Water players were resetting after a sacrifice fly and Coldwater’s Adam Klosterman was able to race home for a stolen base. The umpire explained that time had not been given, which allowed the Cavs to score and take a 4-2 advantage.
Easton Water managed to get two runners on in the top of the sixth, but were unable to find any scoring opportunities the rest of the game.
The loss did not take away from what Bellefontaine had accomplished this summer, and Hensley sees a bright future for Bellefontaine in the spring.
“The leadership of our seniors has been outstanding,” said Hensley. “This is their team and their chance before spring season to become leaders. They have done an incredible job of that. Having good camaraderie and leadership is big, and that is one of the reasons we were able to make this run.”
Offensively, Boy led Easton Water by going 2-3 with two singles and Jarrod Houchin hit a double.
Kyle Brunner gave up six hits for Bellefontaine with seven strikeouts and just one walk.
In Wednesday’s first game, Defiance defeated Lima Shawnee 13-3 to advance to Saturday’s championship game.