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BASEBALL: East Lake washes out C-Side

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Published:   |   Updated: March 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
EAST LAKE -

A combination of pitcher Ryan Wall, lightning and rain was just enough to make East Lake a 3-1 winner in Friday night's abbreviated game with Countryside.

Shortly after the Eagles' Ian Lisle lined a single into right field to start the bottom of the fifth inning, flashes of lightning sent players retreating to the dugouts. Twenty-five minutes later, the rains came and washed away any prospect of continuation.

With the way Wall was changing speeds and working ahead, it didn't appear the 6-foot-3 sophomore needed any help from above.

Wall had struck out six Cougars through five innings while walking one and surrendering just a single hit. That fourth-inning hit, though, was a big one. Wall's pitching counterpart, Countryside starter Charlie Skantze, led off the frame with a solo blast over the left-field wall to pull the Cougars within two, at 3-1.

Wall recovered from Skantze's blast and retired the rest of the side in order, which included two of his six K's.

East Lake gave Wall all the support he would need in the opening frame. Leadoff hitter Troy Strominger set the tone with a line-drive base hit, Doug Rovello followed by drawing a walk and catcher Grant Hodges drove in the first run by shooting a single past Countryside first baseman Jake Mielock.

The Eagles made it 2-0 before Skantze threw another pitch when a base running error actually went East Lake's way. Skantze caught Hodges off first, but the ensuing rundown allowed Rovello to score from third and Hodges to end up safely at second. Two batters later, Brad Deppermann drove home Sawyer Wirth with a single to center. Wirth took over for Hodges after the senior catcher advanced to third.

Skantze shook off the three-run, three-hit first inning well, only giving up two more singles until the game was called. Skantze struck out four on the night.

The victory gives East Lake (12-1) its fourth straight after March 7's loss at nationally ranked Jesuit. Countryside (10-4) dropped its second in as many days. The Cougars fell to district-rival Seminole last night, 7-5.

Both teams get the weekend off to prepare for the annual Dunedin Spring Baseball Tournament at Englebert Athletic Complex that begins Monday.

BOX SCORE:

CS - 000 10x x --- 1-1-0

EL - 300 0xx x --- 3-5-0

WP – Ryan Wall

LP – Charlie Skantze (3-1)


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