BASEBALL: Riders can't hold lead against Coldwater
COLDWATER — Coldwater head baseball coach Brian Harlamert trotted towards the dugout after his post-game speech and implored someone in the press box to turn off the scoreboard at Veteran’s Field.
Harlamert likely wanted to pull the plug on evidence of his team’s eight errors and being outhit before the scoreboard changed its mind about which team actually won.
Despite eight errors and pitching lines befitting a slow-pitch softball game, Coldwater beat the St. Marys baseball team 18-16 in a wild WBL-MAC match-up on Thursday.
“You’ve got to out-hit them once in a while,“ Harlamert said with a sheepish grin on his face. “Obviously both of these teams can hit.”
A power surge from Drew and Jordan Klosterman helped Coldwater whistle its way past the graveyard, overcoming a cavalcade of Cavalier errors.
The Klostermans hit a pair of three-run home runs and Coldwater had a nine-run third inning to key an offensive attack that erased a seven-run Rider lead through two and a half innings.
St. Marys missed a golden chance to add another marquee victory to its resume before playing rival Celina on Friday.
St. Marys had early leads of 7-0 and 10-3 before falling behind 12-10. The Roughriders then rallied back to tie the game at 12-12, only to watch Coldwater score six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
St. Marys head coach Dave Huber said the loss showed how thin his team is in the pitching staff despite the team’s 10-4 record and 4-1 mark in the Western Buckeye League.
“Our pitching let us down,” Huber said. “We’ve got to improve our pitching. We had great offense. We scored 16 runs. Bottom line is, we jumped on them. We hit the ball, we fielded well but if we’re going to be a championship team we’re going to have to find some pitching.”
Tyler Roby started for St. Marys before he lost control and hit two straight batters with the bases loaded in the third. Relievers Codie Deaton and Austin James tried to plug the leak, but Coldwater kept scoring.
The biggest blows came via the long ball for the Cavs (10-5).
Drew Klosterman lined a laser over the left field fence with two outs in the bottom of the third to give Coldwater a 12-10 lead.
St. Marys tied the game with two in the fifth on a Steven Paulus RBI double. Paulus then came around to score on a Coldwater error.
Coldwater then scored six runs in the fifth. Kremer doubled in two runs and another run came home on a wild pitch before Jordan Klosterman clobbered a towering drive ten feet past the fence in left for a three-run home run to gie Coldwater an 18-12 lead.
“The home runs were huge,” Harlamert said. “We only had 10 hits, but we got extra-base hits, got some on walks and hit batters. Hats off to our offense to come back and give us energy.”
St. Marys scored four runs in the seventh on three Coldwater errors and a Kalobb Dodson RBI single before Nick Vogel popped out to first base to end the rally and the game.
Steven Paulus had three hits and four RBI for the Riders. D.J. Manning collected four hits and two doubles. Huber drove in three. Tyler Roby had a two-run single. Dodson had two hits.