Law baseball ends streak with win over Foran

Colin Buchner hit a two-run double with two outs to cap a three-run rally for a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth when Law defeated Foran 7-6 at Ken Walker Field.

“It’s been quite a while since we’ve been on the winning side of a Law-Foran baseball game,” Law coach Greg Simler said. “We haven’t beaten Foran since the first time we played them in 2015 (teams play twice a season). We hadn’t won since.

“Most were one-run games. We’ve carried leads into the seventh inning and then they’ve beaten us. I think three or four of those times came in the bottom of the seventh on this field. It wasn’t an easy seventh inning for me with the tying run on base.”

Zach Worzel, who had the deciding hit when Foran scored twice in the seventh to top Law earlier this season, led off the Foran seventh with a walk.

With two down, pinch runner Conlan Deschaine went to second on a wild pitch. Jaden Wywoda then notched Law pitching’s eighth strikeout to end the game.

Foran had won two of its last three. The Lions 95-10) had five hits and drew seven walks.

“Some games we pitch and hit, but the defense is lacking. Other game we play good defense but don’t hit,” Foran coach Garrett Walker said. “We are looking to find that consistent brand of baseball to take us through the end of the season.”

The win ended a streak of eight losses this season for the Lawmen (4-10), who had scored two runs or less in the last seven games during the string.

Simler said; “Close games have helped show us we are competing with everyone. But we’ve been holding teams but only scoring two runs and that gets frustrating for the guys. We had scored two runs in five consecutive games. We had eight hits and scored seven today. That was what we needed.”

Law’s Luke Pleimann, Jaden Wywoda and James Marino (two hits) drew walks in the three-run fifth. The free passes came around a strikeout by Worzel and a fine play in left-center field by Trey Deitelbaum on Mike Cosmas’ drive to the gap. Buchner’s double rescued the rally. Foran catcher Kyle Zarnoch then picked the runner off second to end the inning.

John Neider doubled to start the Law sixth. He went to third on Hunter Hoxie’s sacrifice bunt and scored the game’s decisive run on Mark Lombardi’s infield groundout for a 7-4 advantage.

Foran made it 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth.

Brian Massey walked with two outs. Michael Simonelli singled. Dean Ross had an RBI single and Simonelli came home when a pitch went to the backstop. Wywoda, who had come on in relief of Hoxie after Simonelli’s single, left the bases loaded with a strikeout.

Hoxie in turn had relieved Law starter Zach Werthman in the fourth. The left-handed freshman stranded three runners with a strikeout to keep the Foran lead at 4-3.

“Strikeouts in key spots really helped us out,” Simler said. Jaden got the last out to get us the win. Hunter came in when it looked like they were going to put some more runs on the board. He did a magnificent job of holding them there. That gave our guys a chance to get runs back.”

The bases were crowded throughout the SCC game. Passed balls/wild pitches played a hand in every inning. This was leveled off by great run-saving blocks on low pitches at the plate by Pleimann and Zarnoch.

Law scored in its first at bat.

Lombardi reached on an infield single to start the game and scored on a pitch that got away.

Simonelli walked to start the Foran first. Ross made it two men aboard when his fielder’s choice grounder didn’t result in an out. Deitelbaum and Zarnoch followed with sacrifice flies for a 2-1 lead.

Cosmas tripled to plate Pleimann (walk) in the third. He scored on a wild pitch to put Law in front 3-2.

Zarnoch took the lead back at 4-3 with a two-run home run to left in the home third. Deitelbaum had walked with one out before the homer.

Worzel came on in relief of Foran starter Charlie Diamantis in the fourth and retired Law in order.

Marino in left Neider in center and Buchner in right each made tough catches.

“Our pitching gives our defense a chance to make plays,” Simler said. “Our outfielders have been doing a great job tracking balls down. I thought our guys did a good job beating the ball to the spot and making some catches.”

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