Blue Lions beat Braves in Sectional, 3-2


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



Ryan Schwartz delivers a pitch for the Washington Blue Lions in their Sectional tournament game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Ryan Schwartz delivers a pitch for the Washington Blue Lions in their Sectional tournament game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

Washington’s Bailey Roberts returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning of a Division II Sectional baseball game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

The Washington Blue Lion varsity team continued to play its best baseball of the season when they hosted Logan Elm for a Sectional tournament game Saturday, May 11.

Logan Elm scored in the top of the first and Washington tied the game in the bottom of the second.

The game remained tied until Washington scored twice in the bottom of the sixth.

Logan Elm rallied for one run in the top of the seventh, but Washington held on for a 3-2 victory.

The Blue Lions won the game despite having only two hits on the afternoon.

R.G. Crabtree got the win in relief for the Blue Lions.

He pitched three innings with three hits and one run (earned) allowed. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Ryan Schwartz started and pitched the first four innings. He gave up four hits and one earned run with one walk and one strikeout. He went back behind the plate to catch the final three innings.

Platz started and took the loss for the Braves. He pitched six innings with two hits and three runs (all unearned) with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Logan Elm committed five errors and Washington committed two.

In the top of the first, Huffman singled. He stole second and stole third and scored on a ground out by Ebert.

In the second inning for Washington, with one out, Bailey Roberts reached on an error.

Schwartz followed and he reached on an error.

Eli Shaw reached on an error that allowed Roberts to score, tying the game without benefit of a hit.

Washington was still without a hit as they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth.

With the first batter retired, Jarred Hall singled into left field.

Hall stole second and Rood reached on an error.

Roberts singled to right field, scoring Hall.

Rood then scored on a sacrifice fly by Schwartz.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Harrington singled and Huffman hit a triple to right field to make it a 3-2 game. On a calm day, or a day when the wind was blowing out, this hit might have gone for a home run, but on Saturday the wind was blowing in from right field and probably aided in keeping the ball in the park.

The next batter flew out to center to end the game.

“We put Ryan in a tough position,” Washington head coach Mark Schwartz said. “He wasn’t supposed to pitch today. We had to make a last-minute change right before the game. I think he was a little nervous, which is to be expected.

“He gave up that early run and then he battled back,” Schwartz said. “We took him out so that we could stop their running game.

“R.G. pitched a heck of a game the other night,” Schwartz said. “He came in and did his job again today and I couldn’t be more proud. We manufactured runs and hey, we got a tournament win.”

Schwartz also commended the Logan Elm pitcher, Platz.

“He pitched well,” Schwartz said. “He had a really good off-speed pitch. He was hitting his spots, so, hats off to him. We were fortunate we were able to get three runs off of him.

“We’ve won four in a row and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” Schwartz said.

Washington is playing at Sheridan today. The winner of that game plays the Miami Trace/McClain winner Thursday.

The Miami Trace/McClain game was postponed Monday and rescheduled for Tuesday at Miami Trace at 5 p.m.

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Offensively for Washington: George Reno, 0-3; Karson Runk, 0-3; Zane Joseph, 0-1; Jarred Hall, 1-2, 1 run, sb; Tyler Rood, 0-3, 1 run, roe, sb; Bailey Roberts, 1-3, 1 run, 1 rbi, roe; Ryan Schwartz, 0-2, 1 rbi, roe; Eli Shaw, 0-3, roe; Tyler Tackage, 0-0, 2 bb; Owen Mullins, 0-0; Cortez O’Flaherty, 0-1; R.G. Crabtree, 0-0, sac. LOB: 4.

Offensively for Logan Elm: Huffman, 2-4, 1 run, 1 rbi, 3b, roe, 3 sb; Ebert, 1-4, 1 rbi; Higgenbotham, 0-3, fc; Harrow, 0-2, 1 bb; Arledge, 1-3; Platz, 1-3; Pontius, 0-3, fc; Swackhammer, 1-3; Watson, 0-1; Harrington, 1-2, 1 run. LOB: 6.

Ryan Schwartz delivers a pitch for the Washington Blue Lions in their Sectional tournament game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/05/web1_Ryan-Schwartz-pitch-vs-Logan-Elm-5-11-2019.jpgRyan Schwartz delivers a pitch for the Washington Blue Lions in their Sectional tournament game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

Washington’s Bailey Roberts returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning of a Division II Sectional baseball game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/05/web1_Bailey-Roberts-after-scoring-against-Logan-Elm-5-11-2019.jpgWashington’s Bailey Roberts returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning of a Division II Sectional baseball game against Logan Elm Saturday, May 11, 2019. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

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