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April 12, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Redskins struggle

Goshen gets 10 hits but just two runs in home loss

GOSHEN — Baseball is a game of numbers and it didn’t take much more than a quick glance at the statistics for Goshen High School coach Hal Farmwald to know what happened to his Redskins.

Goshen slapped 10 hits, but managed only a pair of runs in a 5-2 loss to the visiting Jimtown Jimmies Wednesday night at Phend Field.

“Ten hits and two runs says it all,” the coach said. “We are not getting hits in key situations.”

Nine Redskins were left on base, including four in scoring position.

“We are leaving way too many runners on,” Farmwald said.

Goshen is struggling to score runs and it’s the reason why Farmwald challenged the arm of the Jimtown right fielder (senior Dustin Chafin) in the first inning.

The Redskins were behind 1-0 after Jimtown junior Evan Oblinger opened the game with a home run over the fence in right field.

Goshen tried to answer with consecutive singles from junior Austin Henke, junior Sylas Buller and senior Diego Garcia. Henke tried to score on Garcia’s single but a great throw by Chafin cut him down at the plate.

“Runs have been hard to come by so we have told the kids is we are going to be aggressive on the bases,” Farmwald said. “We need to make teams make a plays in a situations like that. I would do it again if the situation comes up.”

Chafin’s throw wasn’t the only good defensive effort by the Jimmies.

Goshen had runners on second and third with one out in the fifth. Senior shortstop Justin Brown and junior third baseman Brandon Weinkauf made plays on slow rollers to retire Redskin hitters at first base.

“Defense has been a focus for us,” Jimtown coach Mike Stout said. “We are not a team that is going to score 15 runs in a game so we have to rely on our defense. Our kids have been through a lot and when the opposing team puts pressure on us they are not going to get rattled.”

“That was the other difference in the game. Jimtown made the plays and we didn’t,” Farmwald said. “There are team wins. This is a team loss. We had chances to make plays.

“The Jimtown shortstop (Brown) made a couple of nice plays that if he hadn’t made them could have changed the game.”

Jimtown got a good pitching effort from sophomore Auggie Rubalcava in his first varsity start. He pitched five innings, striking out four and walking one.

“We are getting ready to start the NSC season and we need to know if some of these kids can pitch,” Stout said. “Auggie threw well. He pitched out of a couple of jams by using his defense. That is what you want your pitcher to do, throw strikes, make the other team hit the ball and let your defense make the plays behind you.”

When Rubalcava exited the game Stout turned to junior Brandon Kay. He fanned one and walked one in his initial varsity outing.

“Our pitching was great,” Stout said. “We got two good efforts from youngsters.”

Sophomore Jorge Pizana started the game on the mound for the Redskins. He pitched into the fifth inning when he exited after allowing the first two Jimtown batters to reach base. He struck out four and walked three.

Junior Jake Jesse pitched two innings and senior Casey Looker hurled the seventh.

“Our pitching was not good,” Farmwald said. “We got behind in too many counts. We then had to bring the ball in and we left it up in the zone and Jimtown hit it.”

Goshen tied the score in the third on an RBI single by senior Diego Garcia.

The scored stayed 1-1 until a two-run single by senior Brandon Weinkauf gave the visitors a 3-1 advantage in the fifth.

The Redskins made it 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth when a single by junior Travis Pickard scored Henke.

Jimtown added two insurance runs in the sixth on an RBI double by senior Justin Brown and a run-scoring single by junior Bronson Metcalf.

Junior Hunter Rivera doubled for the Redskins in the fourth for Goshen’s only extra base hit. Garcia had three singles, Henke and Pickard both two.

The Redskins return to action tonight when they will host Mishawaka Marian. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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