Legion Baseball: Errors cost Junior HiToms win in Game 4
Post 87 manager Rob Shore did not hold back when discussing his team’s 7-4 loss in Sunday’s Game 4 of the Area III playoffs.
“From what I kept in the dugout, we made seven physical errors and one or two mental errors,” he said. “Any time you make eight or nine errors you had better hit ... the ball. We did not do that.”
Indeed, it was a calamity of miscues that resulted in Post 87 needing a decisive Game 5 with Kernersville at Finch Field.
Three of them in the first inning resulted in two runs, while another error on an errant throw from the outfield cost the Junior HiToms another run in the fourth.
Down 4-0 with 12 outs to play with, everything that had gone bad for High Point up until their offensive half of the sixth inning. They staged a four-run rally to tie the game.
Colin Rosenbaum singled and Mitch Carstens walked with no outs. Chris Corbett placed a sacrifice bunt down to move them up 90 feet. Everyone wound up getting 180 feet, as Kernersville pitcher Caleb Edwards hurled an errant throw over to third that rolled down toward the bullpen. Rosenbaum scored with the other two reaching second and third. The first out was made on a Hayden Manuel flyout, but the ball was deep enough for Carstens to tag up from third and score. Post 87 drew even with two more hits. David Newcomer singled to center and Zach McLean doubled to the wall in center, completely erasing the Post 36 lead.
That is where the game held until both mental and physical errors bit Post 87 again.
A single with two mental errors on bunts loaded the bases with nobody out. After the second bunt, the return toss from first base to the mound was off target, carelessly allowing the go-ahead run in. A single up the middle by leadoff hitter Shane Billings had Kernersville on their way to forcing a Game 5. Two runners scored on the base hit to account for the final runs.
“Our biggest issue was ourselves and beating the game,” said Shore. “We let the game get in our heads and we started thinking too much. That is when errors start to happen. We played decent enough on the mound and at the plate to win that game. But when you make that many errors it is almost impossible unless you score 12 runs.”