Inconsistency plagues Craig baseball in loss
The Cougars play well one game and seem to resort to bad habits the next.
The ugly side reared its head Thursday at Riverside Park as Madison La Follette took advantage of four Craig errors and eight walks en route to a 6-4 Big Eight Conference victory.
Craig (3-4, 2-4) played from behind the entire game and managed only six hits off two Lancer pitchers.
“It’s a broken record in the games that we’ve lost,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said of his team’s inability to make the plays in the field and throw strikes. “We walked three lead-off batters, and all three of them scored.
“In this league, you can’t give runs away, and we’ve done that too many times this season. And until we can shore that up, we’re going to struggle.”
La Follette scored twice in the top of the first to take an early lead, but Craig tied the game with single runs in the first and the second. Kaleb Eichman’s RBI single scored Zach Bayreuther in the first to cut the lead to 2-1, and Bayreuther’s sacrifice fly in the second knotted the game at 2-2.
The Lancers took the lead for good with a run in the third and eventually led 5-2 in the fifth. Craig got a run back in the fifth on Dylan Grall’s RBI double and got within a run in the sixth thanks to two La Follette errors.
“We just couldn’t string any hits together,” Herbst said. “And every time we hit the ball hard, we hit it right at somebody.
“About the only good thing to come out of this game is that even though we didn’t play our best, we were still in the game at the end.”
La Follette added an insurance run in the seventh, and the Cougars went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning as reliever Tony Ales shut the door on any comeback hopes.
James Lee picked up the win for the Lancers and Ales earned the save. Ben Yaucher suffered the loss. The senior lefthander struck out five but walked six batters. Only three of the five runs Yaucher allowed were earned.
Craig will play at Milton in a nonconference game today at 4:30 p.m.
LA FOLLETTE 6, CRAIG 4
La Follette (ab-r-h-rbi)—Dybevik, ss, 4-1-1-1; Marvin, rf, 3-0-0-0; Zadra, lf, 4-1-2-0; Dunse, c, 2-0-1-0; Cook, cr, 0-2-0-0; Pecosky, cf, 3-0-1-0; Elliott, 3b, 3-1-1-2; Stein, 2b, 3-0-1-0; Ales, 1b-p, 1-1-0-1; Flood, dh, 2-0-1-1; Lee, p-1b, 0-0-0-0. 25-6-8-5.
Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Bayreuther, ss, 3-1-1-1; Yaucher, p-rf, 3-0-0-0; Knott, dh, 4-0-0-0; Miller, cf, 0-0-0-0; Eichman, c, 3-0-1-1; Olin, cr, 0-1-0-0; Grall, 1b, 4-0-1-1; Foss, 2b, 3-1-1-0; Whalen, 3b, 2-1-1-0; Weber, lf, 2-0-1-0; Wright, rf-cf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 27-4-6-3.
La Follette 201 110 1—6
Craig 110 011 0—4
E—La Follette 4, Craig 4. LOB—La Follette 10, Craig 6. SAC—Pecosky, Marvin. SF—Bayreuther. 2B—Elliott, Grall.