Free bases cost Twin Lakes in 10-0 sectional final loss to No. 1 Andrean
Trent Wright, HJ Sports Correspondent herald journal sports
May 28, 2018
WHEATFIELD – No. 1 Andrean took advantage of 10 walks to claim the Kankakee Valley Baseball Sectional crown 10-0 over Twin Lakes.
Starter Dayton Minthorn struggled to find the strike zone, walking four of the five batters he faced. Junior Graham Howe relieved Minthorn, but the Class 3A top-ranked 59ers (27-6) put five on the scoreboard on only two hits.
“We didn’t think we were going to play perfect, but we had to play a lot better than what we did to be able to compete with these guys,” Twin Lakes Head Coach Jake Burton said. “We didn’t want to give it away and that’s absolutely what we did.
“We had 10 walks on the day and four out of the first five batters,” the Twin Lakes head coach added.
Andrean scored four more runs off Howe and reliver Rhys Dodt in the second inning.
The big blast in the second came off the bat of Nick Fushi with two-outs and the bases loaded. The Andrean eight hitter doubled over Indian centerfielder Wesley Holderfield to drive in three and give the home team a 9-0 advantage.
“We just put ourselves in a hole that you can’t climb out of when you are playing a game against a really good team, and that’s what we were playing, a really good team,” Burton noted. “You can’t make those mistakes and expect to compete with the No. 1 team in the state.”
Dodt held Andrean scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but walked 59er leadoff man Charlie Jones to start the fifth. Jones walked three times and was also hit by a pitch.
After a Tyler Nelson single, Thompson ended the game with a double to left-center off Indian reliever Cade Provo.
“I don’t know if they were just not seeing the ball off the bat in the outfield, but they struggled picking it up,” Burton stated.