Lakers fall to the Merchants
Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 6, 2017
By Tyler Julson
The Albert Lea Lakers baseball team was unable to overcome an early deficit Thursday night, losing to Carroll 9-5.
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Starting on the mound for the Lakers was Trevor Salmon. Salmon pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out six batters and giving up five runs. Salmon was relieved in the fifth inning by Ryan Boelk, who also had a solid night, striking out five batters and giving up one run. Cole McKay came in to start the ninth inning and finished the game, striking out three batters.
The scoring started early for both teams in the matchup. Carroll scored two runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI single from Zach Ruckman and Sean Moore being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Albert Lea would answer back in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run after back-to-back doubles from outfielder Jamell Newson and third-baseman Darek Sargent.
After a fast-paced first inning, the Merchants added another run in the second inning due to another RBI single from Zack Ruckman.
The Lakers would trail 3-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Hunter Waning reached base on a single and was advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Derek Johnson. Waning was then batted in thanks to an RBI double from David Earhart.
The Merchants would again come right back with a two-run fifth inning. Eric Yachinich scored on a wild pitch and Ben McConnell hit a sacrifice fly to take a three-run lead.
Albert Lea would narrow the lead to two in the fifth inning, with Jamell Newson scoring on a wild pitch.
Carroll would score another run in the eighth inning, when Michael Davila scored on a throwing error. Carroll added three more runs in the ninth inning
Down 9-3, the Lakers made things a bit more interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Newson hit an infield base hit to score a run and Sargent hit a deep sacrifice fly to score another run.
Albert Lea recorded five runs on nine hits and zero errors. Carroll scored nine runs on 10 hits and zero errors.
The Lakers fall to 6-9 on the season and will be back playing at home at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hayek Field when they take on the Storm Lake Whitecaps.