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Tough day for Arlington baseball
Its been a frustrating season for the Arlington baseball team.
When the pitching has been good, the bats havent shown up. When the pitching has struggled, nobody has picked up the slack at the plate. Baserunning errors, wild pitches and failed pick-off attempts have given the Eagles opponents more outs to work with each game.
The May 1 game against Cascade was no different as Arlington fell 3-2 to the visitors after running themselves out of several innings.
Cascade got on the scoreboard first, pushing home a run in the top of the first inning. After putting runners on second and third with one out, a sharply hit ground ball to the hole at shortstop scored the runner from third. Shortstop Trevor Milless threw out the batter at first and an alert Jonathan VanEyk turned and fired home to beat the runner from second trying to sneak around and score.
The score stayed at 1-0 with Cascade allowing Arlington to rally in the bottom of the second inning. A leadoff walk to Andrew Disotell followed by a single by Alex Rhodes put runners on the corners and nobody out. Unfortunately Rhodes was thrown out trying to steal second base. Matthew Wendland then walked and was also thrown out trying to steal second base. A strikeout to VanEyk ended the Arlington threat.
In the top of the third, Kyle Ayres struck out the first Cascade batter, then gave up a double off the base of the left field wall. Ayres attempted to pick the runner off second base and threw wildly into center field, allowing the runner to advance to third. Then a wild pitch scored the second run for Cascade, giving them a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the third inning Arlington started a one-out rally again. Trevor Milless singled and Jake Allen singled behind him to put men on first and second base. Jonathan VanEyk smoked a shot down the third base line, directly at the third baseman who snagged it and flipped to second for an easy out. Milless had been running on the play and broke before realizing the line drive had been caught.
In the top of the fourth inning Cascade scored again. Joey Dettrich took over for Kyle Ayres with runners on first and second. Dettrich did well, striking out two of the batters he faced, but also gave up a seeing-eye single into centerfield to score another run.
With Cascade leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Caleb Scarth drew a much needed lead-off walk for the Eagles. But within moments he was picked off at first base by the alert Cascade pitcher, adding to Arlingtons misery.
In the top of the fifth inning Disotell struck out three of the four batters he faced. The momentum could have carried over into the bottom half as VanEyk walked to start things off for Arlington. Unfortunately, the next batter, Andrew DeFreese, hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
Disotell did a great job preventing Cascade from scoring any more runs and gave Arlington a chance to stay in the game. His teammates nearly came through for him in the bottom half of the seventh inning, where a Trevor Milless RBI single followed by a Jake Allen sacrifice brought the Eagles to within 3-2. But that was all the scoring Arlington would do and they lost another league game, bringing their league record to 1-15 to close the season.