Wildcats drop pair to end postseason run

Published 8:30 am Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The glass slipper did fit exactly for the Wells Wildcats.

After winning their first playoff game in three years, the Wildcats dropped the next two Saturday in Waterville.

Wells (3-18) faced Blue Earth and lost 10-0, managing three hits while playing without any bench players. Then the team faced Waterville and lost 9-4, ending the season for the Wildcats.

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“We did the best we could,” Wells player-coach Dan McLevish said. “There’s been some pluses.”

McLevish was quick to point out that when he had the numbers for a game, the quality of the product on the field increased.

“We’ve got the errors down and we’re scoring runs, but we don’t have the chemistry and that’s where we’re hurting,” McLevish said. “We have to have the same guys on the field and build some chemistry and we won’t be far off.”

Against Waterville, the Wildcats were able to draw to within one at 5-4 after the sixth, but after playing a game earlier in the day and having no reserves, Waterville powered through in the seventh and eighth for four runs in a 9-4 victory as Wells tried to catch its breath.

Eric Niebuhr was effective on the mound, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits. The defense behind Niebuhr was not nearly as efficient as it committed five errors in the game.

“That was a big thing, we didn’t hit the ball early on and that was something we needed to do,” McLevish said. “I had to keep Eric’s head in the game because he was getting frustrated. He did his job to the utmost.”

Blue Earth 10, Wells 0, 7 innings

Blue Earth – 105 400 0 – 10 8 0

Wells – 000 000 0 – 0 3 1

LP – Dan McLevish 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Waterville 9, Wells 4

Wells – 000 002 200 – 4 4 5

Waterville – 004 001 31x – 9 11 0

LP – Eric Niebuhr 7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K