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No. 8 New London escapes, 5-3

Tiger baseball team survives quarterfinal scare with four-run fifth
Jul 11, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Sam Loyd takes a swing at a pitch from Bears’ pitcher Reid Yaley.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON — The Danville baseball team made No. 8 New London sweat a little in their district quarterfinal game on Tuesday night, but the Tigers were able to rally for a two-run win.

New London had a handful of baserunners throughout the beginning of the game, but Danville’s Reid Yaley kept the Tigers at bay, shutting New London out for the first four innings.

Isaac McSorley led off the first inning with a double, but was caught trying to steal third. Sam Loyd had a single later in the inning but the Tigers couldn’t push any runs through.

Danville scored the first run of the game in the top of the second, plating one on a double-steal. After an inning and a half, Danville led 1-0.

The leadoff runner reached again in the second inning. Darius Whaley walked to start off the inning. Shae Summerfield was hit by the pitch two batters later to put two on with one out, but once again the Bears got out of the inning.

Danville put up two more runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 3-0 lead, and New London was once again unable to score despite getting the leadoff hitter on. Mason Porter started off the inning with a walk, but when the fourth inning ended, the score remained 3-0.

New London was finally able to get to Yaley in the bottom of the fifth. Javis Krieger led off with a triple. Jaxon Allen doubled to the wall to bring Krieger in, and McSorley hit the wall on the bounce for another RBI double, cutting the lead to 3-2 and knocking Yaley out of the game.

“He just did a good job of keeping us off-balance,” New London head coach Brad Helmerson said about the Danville starter. “He never put the ball where we could hit the ball hard. I think he got a little tired there at the end and we got some good hits on him.”

The Bears threw freshman Grifen Molle in relief. He was able to get Britt Noel to ground out, but that put a runner on third with one out for Sam Loyd.

Loyd singled in McSorley to tie the game at 3-3, and reached second with a stolen base. Two batters later, Darius Whaley hit a two-out RBI single to bring in Loyd and give New London their first lead at 4-3.

McSorley, who came in to the game to pitch in the third inning, shut the Bears down in the final innings. The Tigers added one insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Noel.

After the game, Coach Brad Helmerson credited Danville for giving the Tigers a fight.

“It’s exactly what we worried about,” Helmerson said. “They came in with nothing to lose, and we’ve got everything to lose. But, we didn’t give up, kept playing and ended up getting a win.”

McSorley and Loyd each went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the team offensively. McSorley’s two hits were doubles, and Loyd had one stolen base.

Noel finished the game 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Darius Whaley was 1-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Allen was 1-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, and Krieger went 1-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Noel threw two innings, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk, while striking out three batters. McSorley picked up the win, throwing five innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out five.

New London will take on Iowa Mennonite on Thursday, July 12. IMS beat Keota 16-7 to earn their spot in the district semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Notre Dame topped Holy Trinity 4-2, and Cardinal shut out Sigourney 4-0.

The Notre Dame vs. Cardinal game will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday, with New London’s showdown with IMS starting around 7 p.m. Both games will be played in New London.

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