Seven first-inning runs doom New London is district semis
KEOSAUQUA — Host Van Buren hit the New London baseball team with a “seven spot” in the first inning Thursday night and the Tigers never recovered, falling 11-1 in a five-inning district semifinal game.
The third-ranked Warriors, now 33-2 on the season, also scored once in the second and finished the game with three fifth-inning runs.
New London had just three singles in the contest, one each from Justin Henecke, Cameron Watson and Tyler Stevenson. The Tigers had a rough night in the field, committing eight errors which led to four unearned runs.
Jayden Flowers was the starter and losing pitcher, giving up four hits and five earned runs in 2.3 innings of work. Flowers struggled with his control throughout, walking five hitters and striking out just one. Reno Chiri finished up, allowing four hits and walking one.
New London ended the season at 10-16.
Van Buren, a state qualifier last year, faces Burlington Notre Dame in the district final Saturday in Danville.