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.