Ahring’s Dutchmen score two road wins

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 4/28/21

Defeating Potosi 6-3 Friday night in extra innings on the road, Tyler Ahring’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball team stepped back into Four Rivers Conference (FRC) play facing Sullivan’s …

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Ahring’s Dutchmen score two road wins

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Defeating Potosi 6-3 Friday night in extra innings on the road, Tyler Ahring’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball team stepped back into Four Rivers Conference (FRC) play facing Sullivan’s Eagles Monday in Franklin County.

Looking for their second win along Highway 185 in as many games, OHS needed three runs over the final two innings to hold off the host Eagles 5-2.

This bumped their record in FRC action to 3-1 allowing them to control their own destiny in a quest for their first FRC title in baseball since 2001.

Getting the first crack on offense, Owensville took full advantage in the top of the first inning.

Garret West recorded a one-out single before stealing second and third base with two outs and Tyler Heidbrink at the plate.

Running the count to 3-1, Heidbrink reached on an error allowing West to score putting OHS on top 1-0 before Sullivan’s first at-bat in the bottom half of the first.

Working around a two-out walk, Dutchmen starting pitcher Gavin Loague kept Sullivan off the scoreboard and gave his offense a chance to add to their lead.

Drawing a one-out walk, Dominic Grigaitis scored on a Michael Steinbeck RBI double giving Owensville a 2-0 lead at Sullivan Bank Ball Park.

Pitching around a lead-off walk, Loague kept the Eagles scoreless through two innings from Sullivan High School.

West singled for his second hit of the game to lead off the top of the third inning.

After stealing second, West was retired on a fielder’s choice ending the latest Dutchmen scoring threat.

Seeing both teams put up zeros in the third, fourth and fifth innings, Owensville came to bat in the top of the sixth inning looking for another insurance tally.

Heidbrink doubled to lead off the inning before taking third base on a wild pitch.

TC Fisher was then hit by a pitch putting two runners on with no outs for Dutchmen center fielder Derek Brandt.

On the third pitch of his latest at-bat, Brandt singled up the middle allowing Heidbrink to score and give Owensville a 3-0 lead moving to the bottom of the sixth inning.

That run in the top half of the sixth turned out to be a crucial one.

Sullivan turned three walks and a hit into two runs in the bottom of the sixth cutting the OHS lead to 3-2 moving into the seventh inning.

Looking to answer the Eagles in the top of the seventh, Owensville had to start from the bottom of their batting order.

Senior Ethan Reed took one for the team getting hit by a pitch.

Taking second on a wild pitch, Reed would score on a Bryor Bogle RBI double giving OHS 4-2 lead with no outs.

West reached base for the third time in the game getting hit by a pitch.

After Bogle stole third and West stole second, Heidbrink walked to load the bases for Fisher.

Hitting the first pitch he saw, Fisher lifted a RBI sacrifice fly to center field allowing Bogle to score and give Owensville a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Pitching in relief of Loague, Jon Saunsaucie got the first two outs of the inning before West came on to get the final out of OHS’ third FRC victory of the spring.

Tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning, Owensville’s JV Dutchmen saw Sullivan split the baseball twin bill taking the JV game 4-3.

Two nights earlier south of Sullivan on Highway 185, OHS took on Potosi’s Trojans.

Trailing 3-0 through five innings, Owensville plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and eventually force extra innings.

Putting up another three-spot in the top of the eighth inning, Ahring’s Dutchmen made their 4-3 loss to Pacific the night before a distant memory following a 6-3 come-from-behind victory in eight innings in Washington County.

Throwing 109 pitches, Brandt pitched all eight innings earning the complete-game victory.

Held scoreless through five innings at Potosi, the Dutchmen were able to get on the board in the top of the sixth inning.

West led off with a double before being doubled home by Loague pulling them to within a pair of runs at 3-1.

Loague went on to score when Grigaitis reached on an error.

After Grigaitis reached base, Steinbeck lifted a RBI sacrifice fly to left-center field allowing Heidbrink to score and tie the game at 3-3 after he also reached on an error.

Going to extra innings, Owensville quickly took the lead in the top of the eighth inning.

Heidbrink doubled and scored on a Grigaitis RBI single giving OHS a 4-3 lead.

Bogle delivered the clutch at bat of the game reaching on an error allowing Landon Valley and Grigaitis to score for their 6-3 win.

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