CALAMUS—Four different Prince of Peace pitchers couldn’t subdue the offense from Calamus-Wheatland baseball on Saturday night in the Class 1A District night cap, resulting in a 16-1 season-ending loss for the Irish.
“We came out a little tight,” Prince of Peace head coach Bob Mulholland said. “They came out and hit the ball. They’re having a nice year and I knew we would have to play perfect ball to have any chance with them.”
From the very start, the Irish pitching staff struggled against the No. 5 Warriors. In the bottom of the first, Hunter Rickels started things out with a one-out single. Started Kyler Wallace then dealt a walk to Caleb Banowetz. Eventually the bases were loaded and Tyler Rowold hit a big double straight down the left field line to give the Warriors the first lead of the night, 2-0.
Brian Forret to center to score two more runs. Seth Beuthien grounded out, but scored one on the sacrifice and then a throwing error sent the ball sailing over third to score another. The Warriors exited the first inning up 6-0.
In the bottom of the second, Wallace still was having problems and after putting a base runner on, Mulholland made the first pitching change. Brody Dehner replaced Wallace on the mound, and he would be followed by J.R. Wauford and then Kyle Sager for the four pitchers to make an appearance.
“We’ve struggled all year with pitching,” Mulholland said. “But this team and last year’s team worked really hard on it. They [Calamus-Wheatland] know when to hit the ball, what’re you going to do.”
All of them struggled, collectively walking eight batters.
“His [The umpire’s] strike zone was pretty tight,” Mulholland said. “We get some of those outside corners and that and we’re right there. You can’t throw right over the plate with this team because they’ll hit it every time.”
The defense also had problems, making seven errors throughout the game. The Warriors plated four more runs in the second and finished out the game with six in the third.
“They made plays and hats off to them,” Mulholland said. “They keep playing like they are, they’ll go far.”
The one run for the Irish came off of a solo homer from J.R. Wauford that sailed over the left field fence.
That’s not to say that the Irish weren’t making contact. They only struck out two times in the three inning contest, but the balls were finding their way to the Cal-Wheat defense every time. The Irish ended with just three hits.
“That’s something we’ve improved on this year is our hitting,” Mulholland said. “I can’t say it’s our hitting, we did a nice job. We just hit it right at them and good teams will make plays.”
The Irish say goodbye to a handful of seniors: Payton Schnier, Patrick Mulholland, Michael Matthew and Blake Bergman. Schnier was in his first year back out for baseball since middle school, while Bergman sat out the majority of the season with injury. After the adversity, Mulholland was happy to see them on the field together.
“I’m proud of them,” Mulholland said. “Sometimes I get frustrated with them, but that’s with any coach. They worked really hard and I can’t ask much more.”
The Irish end the 2019 season 1-26.
Calamus-Wheatland (31-3) will face Marquette Catholic at home on Tuesday night in the next round.