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June 3, 2014

Irish squeeze out a split (with VIDEOS)


Bly said: “Bob called me over and said swing on the first pitch and bunt on the second one and try to get him home. I like to bunt. I bunt quite a bit. I’d rather bunt than hit.”

As Weisner charged toward the plate, Bly got the bunt down and the River Hawks had no chance for a play at the plate.

“I was going to swing no matter what because he was coming,” Bly said. “It was way above my head; I had to throw the bat at it.”

The River Hawks couldn’t get much going against Laufenberg, the Irish’s starting pitcher, in the opener. He allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters.

“It went good,” he said. “Our last game against Lisbon, I was actually throwing pretty well but they just got on me right away. I had a better warmup this time and it showed.”

Laufenberg also drove in the Irish’s first run in a three-run first inning, and they built a 4-0 lead through three innings. But Reilly Reader, one of five freshman starters in the first game for Easton Valley, delivered a two-run single to pull the River Hawks within 4-3 in the fourth. They tied it an inning later when sophomore Cam Larson hit a sun-aided double to left field with one out and scored on a two-out single from Kyle Petersen, another of the freshman starters.

“Obviously it was a tough way to lose it, but we regrouped and we got the second game,” Bormann said.

The River Hawks (2-4) took advantage of Weisner’s wildness on the mound in Game 2 to end a four-game losing streak. Weisner issued 10 walks.

“We just had to come back and focus hard and get the ball in play,” said Easton Valley freshman Dustin Lippens, who had two hits and two runs batted in in the nightcap and also recorded the final out on the mound. “We got the bats going and did a good job.”

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