For 4 1/2 innings Thursday night in Cal Ripken Major, Browning Hardware was on the verge of winnings its first game of the season while leading Einspahr Construction by a score of 3-1.
But like so many times this season, Einspahr Construction found a way to win while Browning Hardware struggled late to score runs. That scenario played itself out again as Browning Hardware failed to add to its lead in the sixth while Einspahr Construction rallied with three runs in the bottom-half of the fifth for a 4-3 victory.
Travis Dell pitched the first-four innings for Einspahr Construction but was relieved in the fifth by Max Eckerle, who wound up being the pitcher of record. Gage Sulltrop took the loss for Browning Hardware in relief.
As for Dell, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out four batters and gave up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four. Eckerle then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed just one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one.
For Browning Hardware, who dropped to 0-10 on the season, Austin Sandbothe came in and pitched a masterful game by striking out seven batters and giving up only three runs on three hits and five walks. Sulltrop, meanwhile, pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits.
Einspahr Construction also out-hit Browning Hardware 5-4, Royce Jeffries going 2-for-2 with two singles. Skyler Duncan had one single and two RBIs while Treveon Coleman added one single and one RBI and Travis Dell with one single.
For Einspahr Construction, Austin Sandbothe went 2-for-2 with a single, home run and two RBIs. Sandbothe’s home run to dead center came in the third inning. Lane Keeran also homered to deep center in the first while driving in one run while Austin Rice added one single.
In the nightcap, Sell’s Carpet broke out the bats first with one run in the top-half of the second. However it was pretty much Central Bank Boone County the rest of the way with four in the bottom-half of the second and one again in the third to go up 5-1. Meanwhile, after two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, Sell’s Carpet tacked on another run to cut the lead back to three.
Cade Schupp was the pitcher of record in the game for Central Bank Boone County, who improved to 6-4 on the season, while Memphis Waibel took the loss for Sell’s Carpet, who dropped to 4-6 overall. Schupp pitched the first-five innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Drew Vossler then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued one run on two hits while striking out three.
For Sell’s Carpet, Waibel pitched the first-four innings and yielded five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six. Drew Sanders then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters.
Central Bank Boone County also finished the game with seven hits, with Drew Vossler going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Keaton Eads had two singles and one RBI while Cade Schupp added one single and one RBI, Zac Roth and Alex McBain each with one single and Dustyn Taylor and Ethan Hurley with one single each.
For Sell’s Carpet, DeAndre Wesolak had a single and a double while Drew Sanders added two singles and one RBI, Memphis Waibel with one single and Isaac Reed with one RBI.