Schuyler American Legion Senior baseball ran up against a David City team looking for its third straight state title in a home game on June 4.
The experience of David City proved to be too much as Schuyler dropped its third game of the season. Schuyler committed three errors and walked 15 batters in the 12-4 loss.
The game ended via mercy rule after six innings.
"We left way too many people on base," said head coach Jeremiah Dunn after the game. "If we would have had a little better pitching towards the beginning of the game, and towards the end, it would have been a little better turnout.
"That was the main thing that hurt us. Other than that we were hitting the ball, but basically to them every time."
Schuyler struggled from the very beginning, walking in a run in the first inning.
Easton Hall recorded a hit for Schuyler in the bottom of the first but he was left stranded.
In the top of the second, Schuyler walked in another run, which was followed by a two-run double by David City in the following at bat to take a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Schuyler loaded the bases after three walks. Auston Hall then hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run for Schuyler.
Later in the inning, Tyler Kohl drilled an RBI single to close the gap to 4-2.
Things really came undone for Schuyler in the fourth inning. After conceding three more runs, a costly error allowed three David City runners to cross the plate and extend the lead to 10-2.
Schuyler scored two runs back in the bottom of the fourth off of three walks, a David City error and a fielder's choice.
Neither squad was able to score in the fifth, but David City added two more runs to its total to take a 12-4 lead that would stand for the rest of the game.
Preston Anderson was the starting pitcher for Schuyler. He threw for three innings, allowed two hits, struck out three batters and walked seven.
Hall also pitched for Schuyler and led both teams in strikeouts with five.
Aaron Langemeier led Schuyler in runs with two, while Nolan Healy and Hall both scored once.
Kohl tallied a team-high two hits, and Travis Marxsen hit a double.
Part of the struggles for Schuyler came from facing a crafty sidearm pitcher, an experience that was new for many of the Schuyler players.
"It's tricky to hit a sidearm pitcher," Dunn said. "Some of our guys have never seen that before. To be able to actually hit him was good to see."
The next game of Schuyler following a road game at David City on Tuesday is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at North Bend.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net