Baseball: Jacobs routs Dundee-Crown

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 5/16/2018 10:12 PM
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For three innings, Jacobs couldn't solve Dundee-Crown's hard-throwing lefthander Erik Hedmark.

Hedmark struck out 5 and blanked the Eagles on 2 singles during the first three innings.

The tempo of the game changed in the fourth inning as the Golden Eagles scored 4 runs and cruised to an 11-1 win in six innings in a Fox Valley Conference baseball game in Algonquin Wednesday afternoon.

"Erik is a flat-out winner," said Jacobs coach Jamie Murray. "He has been a great pitcher and great competitor for D-C for 4 years. We had trouble catching up to his fastball and he really kept us off balance. We played some small ball in the fourth and manufactured some runs. We did a great job of executing the squeeze bunts."

The Chargers (6-25, 3-19) scored first in the third on a run-scoring single by Justin Colon.

In the fourth, Liam Oreskovich stroked an RBI double to tie the score at 1 and Braedon Wegner delivered a run-scoring single to give the Golden Eagles (17-11-1, 13-8) the lead for good at 2-1.

Jacobs scored its third and fourth runs of the inning on perfectly executed squeeze bunts by Spencer Foulks and Cory Dennison.

"Both Spencer and Cory did a great job of executing the squeeze," said Murray. "They put the bunts in the perfect place to score the runs. "

The Golden Eagles scored 2 unearned runs in the fifth and won the game with 6 in the sixth courtesy of 2-RBI singles by Wegner and Matt Camp and run-scoring singles from Dennison and Bryan Belo. Belo's single provided the game-ending run.

Bryce Vincent spearheaded Jacobs' 15-hit offensive outburst with a 4-for-4 effort with 3 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and a double.

"I was really seeing the ball well," said Vincent. "Erik is an outstanding pitcher so you really have to focus. It is always nice to beat D-C. We need to be ready to go tomorrow. We know D-C will be prepared."

Wegner (3 RBI), Foulks and Dennison (2 RBI) added 2 hits each for the winners.

Jacobs senior pitcher Daniel Murray was the beneficiary of the Golden Eagles' offensive attack. The right-hander struck out 6 with 1 walk, and he hit a batter. In 6 innings of work, Murray allowed 1 run and scattered 7 singles.

"Daniel just pounds the strike zone and he did a great job of keeping D-C's hitters off stride," said the Jacobs coach. "We got him the lead and he just gets outs."

Zach Hahn led the Chargers with 2 hits.

"I was really pleased with the way we started the game," said Dundee-Crown coach Matt Mueller. "Erik was really pitching well and he did a great job of keeping the Jacobs hitters off balance. Our defense really hurt us. We had misplays in the outfield and we didn't execute on defense on the squeeze bunts. Jacobs has a great hitting team and when they started scoring it really snowballed."

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