The Schuyler Seniors American Legion baseball team continued their struggles at the plate and in the field as they dropped a five-inning, 12-0 decision to the Elkhorn Training Camp Knights in Elkhorn last Sunday evening.
Schuyler was outhit by the Knights 9-1 and committed four errors while ETC did not have a fielding miscue.
Schuyler’s lone hit was a single up the middle by Auston Hall in the fourth inning. ETC’s Shane Eberle pitched started on the mound and picked up the victory as he tossed four scoreless innings striking out six Schuyler batters and not walking anyone. Blake Worsham pitched a perfect fifth inning striking out one to close out the victory.
Preston Anderson started for Schuyler and allowed seven earned runs on seven hits while walking one and recording no strikeouts.
According to Schuyler coach Robin Burton, “Preston actually pitched well. We just had too many errors on defense to keep the game competitive. He kept the ball down in the zone and let his defense do some work.”
Anderson retired the first three batters he faced on a pair of ground outs and a fly out to center, but ETC then broke through for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back.
The Knights sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning and parlayed six hits, two walks and two Schuyler fielding errors in to their seven-run outburst. Garrett Globe and Worsham both reached base twice in the frame.
After a scoreless third inning, Elkhorn Training Camp plated five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to expand their lead to 12-0. Eberle’s double and an RBI single by Nick Akers were the key hits in the inning for the Knights.
Following the defeat, Coach Burton commented that the ETC players have a distinct advantage over his athletes. “Mount Michael is another team on our schedule that plays high school baseball in the spring. Their kids have played about 50 games since March, where our kids have played 14. The difference was obvious on the field tonight.”
With the defeat the Seniors season record stands at 1-13. Schuyler returns to Merchant Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. to take on Wisner-Dodge then they host Silver Creek on Sunday at 7 p.m. in another home tilt.