By Tom Schultz For the Herald
The Clinton Herald
---- — CAMANCHE — It was a dominant night for the Preston Trojans on the mound with starters Colton Bormann and Matt Zeimet both throwing complete games as they swept Camanche in Thursday’s Big East Conference doubleheader, 10-0 and 7-3.
Bormann led Preston to victory in the first game and had little to worry about as the Trojans offense scored early and often, allowing him to focus on the mound.
On the road, the Trojans came out swinging against Indians starter Seth Boysen, scoring three runs in the top of the first on three hits and an error. That was all the run support that Bormann needed against Camanche, but the Trojans’ offense wasn’t done.
“Colton’s a good pitcher, so we knew we had our work cut out for us,” Camanche coach Daryl Cochran said.
In the second inning, Boysen put the Trojans down without giving up a run, but he hit a wall in the third. The Trojans were sitting on all of Boysen’s pitches, dropping in six hits that included an RBI double for Bormann. The Trojans batted around that inning, scoring five runs and putting themselves ahead 8-0.
Bormann continued to cruise along on the mound, retiring eight straight hitters at one point and keeping Camanche hitless through the first three innings. Boysen logged the only hit of the game for the Indians on a leadoff single in the fourth.
“He’s been solid, he’s a senior and he’s rock solid,” Preston coach Matt Ash said of Bormann’s performance. “He’s someone who we lean on. It took him a little to settle in, he kind of loosened up by the third inning.”
In addition to one hit allowed, Bormann walked two and struck out seven through five innings for the 10-0 win.
“I felt pretty good tonight. If I can get any pitch working, I like to keep them mixed up, keep them off balance,” he said.
The 15 hits and 10 runs for Preston meant that Bormann, and the win in a shortened game because of the 10-run rule, could save his arm and the bullpen for the next game. As the night went on it wasn’t necessary.
“We came out aggressive; we haven’t done that. We’ve always come out a little flat. I think that’s the first time we’ve come out actually swinging,” Ash said.
Game 2 starter Zeimet was dealing against the Indians as well, highlighted by a three-up, three-down second inning. Zeimet had three other strikeouts on the night for a total of six against the Indians in seven innings.
However, Preston’s offense had a hard time finding some consistency against Camanche’s starter Dylan Busse.
Busse kept the Trojans hitters off balance in the second game, allowing a single run in the first inning and two in the third. He pitched five strong innings before running into trouble in the sixth.
“Their pitcher (Busse) threw the ball well; he did a nice job, kind of kept us off balance,” Ash said.
Busse started the sixth inning but was unable to record an out, issuing two walks after a leadoff hit to load the bases. The walks hurt Busse on the night and ultimately the Indians, and he had to be relieved by Blake Bialas.
“Busse didn’t have his best stuff, way too many walks,” Cochran said. “Saying that, we were still right there in the game, so I was real pleased by the effort by him.”
Bialas came into a tough situation with bases loaded, no outs and the game tied. He induced a weak grounder to second base, but because the middle infielders were playing for the double play the only option was to go for the sure out at first as the second baseman had no shot at getting the runner at home. Preston took the 4-3 lead at that point and tacked on three more runs before the inning was over.
Zeimet came out in the top of the seventh to finish what he started. After a foulout, he walked the leadoff hitter, Bialas, but got lucky on a grounder up the middle that bounced off shortstop Craiton Andresen’s leg to second baseman Cam Larson. Larson dived for the bag to get the force on the lead runner. Zeimet took it from there, getting another foulout to end the game, giving Preston the win and the sweep.
“We’ve been kind of on a skid here so it’s nice to get in that ‘W’ column,” Ash said. “I’ve got a lot of young guys at the bottom of the order, and they’re starting to settle in at the varsity level. The more they settle in the more dangerous we’re going to get here.”
PRESTON 10, CAMANCHE 0
Preston 305 11 — 10 15 1
Camanche 000 00 — 0 1 3
Borman (5 ip, 0 r, 0 er, 1 h, 2 bb, 7 so) and Andresen; Boysen (4 ip, 10 r, 7 er, 15 h, 4 so, 2 bb), Atkinson (1 ip, 0 r, 0 er, 0 h, 1 so) and Everson. Multiple hits — Preston (Hartung 2, Cam Larson 2, Andresen 2, Blake Borman 3, Mix 3). 2B — Preston (Colton Borman, Blake Borman). RBIs — Preston (Hartung, Colton Borman, Blake Borman, Mix, Peterson).
PRESTON 7, CAMANCHE 3
Camanche 002 010 — 3 5 1
Preston 102 04X — 7 4 4
Zeimet (7 ip, 3 r, 2 er, 5 h, 6 so, 3 bb) and Colton Borman; Busse (5 ip, 6 r, 5 er, 2 h, 5 so, 7 bb), Bialas (1 ip, 1 r, 1 er, 2 h, 1 so) and Schreiner. Multiple hits — Preston (Collin Larson 2), Camanche (Bialas 3). 2B — Camanche (Boysen). 3B — Preston (Colton Borman). RBIs — Preston (Collin Larson, Colton Borman, Andresen, Hartung), Camanche (Boysen 2).