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Heidelberg v. Stevens Point
May 30, 2010 - Zach Baker
Heidelberg's going to start at 5 p.m. Tiffin time. Coach Matt Palm allowed me to speculate that Nathan James will be the starter. So bet on that.
Heidelberg will be the home team, but I would expect its fans to be well-outnumbered by the Pointers' fans.
The Student Princes strike first with three runs in the second off Stevens Point pitcher Tyler Lorenz. Jason Lash was hit by a pitch, then Alex Monroe doubled to right center, only Heidelberg's second extra base hit of this tournament. With runners on second and third, Lorenz struck out Andrew Buelow, then induced a bouncer to third by Derek Andrzejczak to ground to third. Lash broke home and was out by 15 feet.
But Elvin Williams lined a single to left that got behind left fielder Sam Spurney and led to an extra run scoring. Then Ricardo Lizcano lined an RBI single to left, making it 3-0.
The Pointers came back with a run in the third, in a rally that started with two outs. Three straight singles, the last an RBI bouncer over Willie Brechun's head by Spurney to make it 3-1.
We move to the bottom of the third.
Heidelberg pads its lead to 4-1 in the fourth when, after Derek Andrzejczak grounded into a double play, Elvin Williams, Ricardo Lizcano and Steve Decker all single. Decker's drove in Williams.
I should add thet the 4-6-3 double play Andrzejczak hit into was the best defensive play I've seen here, as Stevens Point second baseman Travis Tuschen ranged far to his left, fielded the ball, spun and threw to shortstop Eric Fritz, who then fired on to first to nip the hitter. Not sure if I described it well. Here's what you should know-- I didn't think there was anyway Tuschen would go to second when he got to the ball.
Heidelberg's biggest inning of the tournament just occurred, as it scored four runs in the fifth to pump its lead up to 8-1. Big hits came from Willie Brechun, who had a two run single, and Ricardo Lizcano, who had his fourth hit of the day and an RBI with a single.
James is cruising right now, retiring the Pointers in order. He's allowed just four hits. If he was nervous in this start, it did not show.
James is through seven, still 8-1 HU.
We're in the top of the eighth. The Pointers have scored a run, and loaded the bases with nobody out, which spells the end for James. So, in comes Sylvester Nino, a Willard graduate. This will be Nino's first appearance in the World Series.
And Nino pitches out of trouble, getting a double play and strike out. Heidelberg goes quietly in the eighth, so the ninth awaits.8-3 Heidelberg.