Dominic Penne did his job on Wednesday.
Columbus Lakeview’s starting pitcher didn’t allow a single earned run over five innings of work during a 7-5 road loss to St. Paul.
The only problem was his defense let him down, committing seven errors in the field behind him, making all seven St. Paul runs in the game unearned.
Penne even did his best at the plate to help his own cause, doubling to lead off the game for Lakeview in the top of the first.
But he was left stranded at third after Jaden Johnson, Cole Tessendorf and Isaac Dreifurst all failed to chase him home.
St. Paul made Lakeview pay in the bottom of the inning for failing to cash in on the earlier opportunity, scoring three runs for a 3-0 lead.
But the visitors showed resolve by limiting the damage in retiring the side on a comebacker to Penne, who threw out the runner at first, ending the frame.
Lakeview then responded offensively in the top of the second.
Cody Schaad walked to open the inning, followed by a Sean Donnelly single to right, leaving runners on first and second for Dylan Wyatt, who hit into a fielder’s choice with Donnelly out at second and Schaad advancing to third.
Lakeview had runners at the corners, but the next batter, Dylan Johnson, went down swinging for the second out.
With Caleb Smith at the plate, Wyatt took off to steal second with an error on the St. Paul catcher, allowing Schaad to score and Wyatt to move to third on the play.
However, Smith struck out looking to end the inning with the score 3-1 in favor of the home side, which is where it remained until the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth, Lakeview plated a pair of runs when Penne singled to lead off, followed by a Jaden Johnson walk and a Cole Tessendorf single that scored Penne, bringing Lakeview within a run at 3-2.
Next up was Dreifurst, who hit a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Jaden Johnson to tag up and score, tying the game at 3-3.
But, with a chance to take the lead and only one out, Schaad flew out to right with Cole Tessendorf moving up to second on the play and after moving to third on a passed ball, Donnelly walked, bringing Wyatt up with runners on second and third.
Wyatt went down on strikes, ending the scoring threat and the inning.
Once again, St. Paul would make Lakeview pay for its failures, as it plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.
Lakeview’s last chance was in the top of the seventh when back-to-back doubles off the bats of Schaad and Donnelly chased home a pair of runs to reduce the deficit to 7-5, but that was as close as they would get.
Penne finished 2-for-4 with a double, while Donnelly was 2-for-2 with a double a two runs batted in.
Scott Akanewich is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.