Maxwell-St. Pat’s had a hard time getting out of innings on Thursday as they were swept by Adams Central, 7-1 and 22-1, in a doubleheader at Bill Wood Field.
Adams Central (7-5) scored the first run of the day when MSP catcher Easton Messersmith dropped a third strike against Isaac Meyer and committed an error trying to throw him out at first base in the second inning.
It became 2-0 on a one-out sacrifice fly ball by Macrae Huyser. Nick Conant then hit a double to left field to make it 3-0.
The Patriots scored another run in the third after Joe Peshek hit into a fielder’s choice.
MSP (0-4) scored in the fourth inning when Jacob Leighton got caught in a rundown between first and second base, which allowed Zarek Branch to come home and it was 4-1.
But Adams Central scored a run in each of the last three innings to win the first game.
“Game one was a good game,” MSP coach Ryan Jones said. “We have a chance to win if we make routine plays. I thought we pitched really well in game one and our guys competed on the mound. In order to be successful and get wins, we’re going to have to make routine plays.”
MSP got into trouble in the second inning of game two after Hyatt Collins got a single that went off the glove of shortstop Mason Tilford to load the bases with no one out. Kayleb Saurer singled to center to score the first run. Then Sam Dierks hit a two-run double to left-center. Jayden Teichmeier brought in another run when he hit into a fielder’s choice. Then Andrew Brosius made a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
Brosius was relieved by Branch but he couldn’t get anyone out and Tilford came in. Tilford got MSP out of the inning but not before the Patriots put the game out of reach with a 13-0 lead.
MSP scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the second when Jaycob Young reached base on an error.
But Adams Central couldn’t be stopped, scoring nine runs over the next three innings to finish it off.
“The guys are back on their heels and they don’t want the ball hit to them and things snowballed from there,” Jones said. “We did a decent job up the middle but we’ve got to put it all together to get a W.”
Next, MSP will play a doubleheader against St. Paul-Palmer (3-5) on Saturday.
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