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Trojans clipped by Indians, drop 2 more at tournament

Defensive miscues a problem; NEH dips to 2-5 overall

June 4, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

CLARKSVILLE - Zach Berman controlled the strike zone, as he struck out 16 Northeast Hamilton batters and picked up the complete-game win, 6-1, against Northeast Hamilton on Friday.

The Indians led 6-0 before the Trojans spoiled Bergman's shutout bid in the sixth inning.

Gabe Rapp and Austin Smith both went 2 for 3 in the loss. Logan Seiser and Mark Frohwein added singles.

Article Photos

DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton senior Marcus Mechaelsen connects with a fastball against Iowa Christian Academy on Saturday in Blairsburg.

Logan Seiser took the loss on the mound. Gabe Rapp and Marcus Mechaelsen worked in relief.

Trojan Invite

BLAIRSBURG - Northeast Hamilton (2-5) continued to struggle on Saturday during a pair of lopsided losses to Iowa Christian Academy (15-1 in 5 innings) and Southeast Webster-Grand (8-0) at its own Trojan Invite.

Fact Box

Northeast Hamilton000 001 0—1 6 5
Clarksville020 310 x—6 5 3
Logan Seiser, Marcus Mechaelsen (4), Gabe Rapp (5) and Rapp, Mechaelsen (5). Zach Bergman and Matt Negen. W—Bergman. L—Seiser.
Iowa Christian Academy443 04—15 9 2
Northeast Hamilton000 10— 1 3 9
Eric Smith and Trevor Collins. Logan Seiser, Gabe Rapp (2) and Rapp, Jacob Ratzke (2). W—Smith. L—Seiser.
Northeast Hamilton000 000 0—0 0 6
SE Webster-Grand100 142 x—8 9 2
Marcus Mechaelsen, Gabe Rapp (6) and Rapp, Mechaelsen (6). Joe Phipps and DJ Stowers. W—Phipps. L—Mechaelsen.

The Trojans committed a combined 15 errors in the two-game set, and they were coming off a shaky five-error performance against Clarksville on Friday.

"When you're struggling offensively, you've got to win games by having outstanding defense and great pitching," NEH head coach Brandon Kelley said. "In all three games (over the weekend) I can live with our pitching, but we just weren't good defensively. But the season is still young, and hopefully we can get better."

ICA scored four runs in three separate innings and added a three-run third frame to put the contest away via the 10-run rule. NEH pitchers Logan Seiser and Gabe Rapp combined to give up nine hits.

The Trojans' only run came in the fourth inning, and they conjured up just three hits off ICA hurler Eric Smith. Rapp, Nick Jeffers and Marcus Mechaelsen all singled.

The offense was even harder to come by in the consolation-round loss to Southeast Webster-Grand, as Eagles' pitcher Joe Phipps tossed a no-hitter. He walked just two and struck out three.

Mechaelsen was the victim of his own defense, as he accepted the loss on the bump. The Eagles shook him for six hits, but only one of the six runs they scored against him was earned, as the Trojans committed six errors.

Mechaelsen whiffed 12 SEW-G batters and walked just two.

Rapp came on to pitch the final inning. He allowed hits and two runs, one of which was earned.

NEH will travel to Dunkerton tonight.



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