Colonels continue to struggle

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mistakes and missed opportunities continue to plague the Albert Lea Colonel baseball team.

The Colonels drew 13 walks in the game but they also struck out 14 times and committed eight errors in a 9-5 loss to Waseca Wednesday.

&8220;We just didn’t play well early and we couldn’t make the comeback all the way,&8221; said Albert Lea head coach Bill Trygstad. &8220;But I give the guys credit for never giving up.&8221;

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Waseca scored all of its runs in the first four innings as starter Derek Goodnature gave up nine runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. However, only five of the runs were earned.

Mitch Meier would relieve Goodnature and did not give up a run over the final 5 2/3 innings of the game.

&8220;Mitch did a good job of keeping them off balance with a lot of off speed stuff. They were lunging at a lot of pitches,&8221; said Trygstad. &8220;Without the errors though we would have been in a 5-5 game.&8221;

The Colonels’ only offense came in the eighth inning when the Waseca pitcher walked the bases loaded and plated the first run with another walk.

Zac Oquist would score two more runs with a double and Devin Kaasa drove in the final two runs with a sharply hit single.

The Colonels finished the night with just four hits and left nine men on base while Waseca had 13 hits.

Albert Lea is back in action Friday when they host Wells. It will be the second game between the two teams in less than a week after the Wildcats won on Sunday.

The Colonels game with Faribault which was supposed to be played June 10 has been rescheduled for June 25 at 6 p.m. in Albert Lea.