That is what Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball team was looking for Monday afternoon in the semifinals of the Missouri State High School Activities Association …
That is what Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball team was looking for Monday afternoon in the semifinals of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 4 Tournament at OHS Field.
Fresh off a 3-0 shutout of third-seeded St. Clair over the weekend, OHS looked to avenge an 8-7 loss earlier in the season to St. James’ Tigers Monday night.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Owensville gave up five runs to put themselves in a 5-1 hole after two innings.
Only able to get as close to 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning, Kemp’s Dutchmen saw several missed opportunities go by the wayside before seeing their season end after a 6-4 semifinal loss.
“We had many chances to push more runs across and we just couldn’t execute,” Kemp said. “I’m proud of how our guys improved dramatically towards the end of the season and I look forward to that momentum carrying over into next spring.”
Senior Wyatt Kramme got the start on the pitching mound for the Dutchmen.
Pitching his way out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam, the senior Kramme kept the game scoreless after one inning.
Landon Kramme was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the second inning before Chase Weirich reached on an error allowing Landon to advance to second base.
Delivering from the ninth spot in the lineup, Jaden Gerlemann delivered an RBI single allowing Kramme to score and break the scoreless tie.
Taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning, Owensville quickly saw that lead disappear.
St. James turned four hits and three walks into five runs and a 5-1 lead after two innings.
While being held scoreless over the next two innings, the orange and black saw senior relief pitcher JJ Brown do the same to the Tigers.
When the top of the fifth inning rolled around, Owensville benefited from a couple of hits and a pair of Tiger miscues in the field.
Weirich started the frame reaching on yet another error.
Leadoff hitter Landon Ely than tattooed a ball to deep right field for an RBI double scoring Weirich and trimming the Tiger lead to 5-2 with one out.
Senior Will Lauth then kept the line moving by reaching on St. James’ second error of the inning.
Wyatt Kramme then stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-RBI bloop single into left field scoring Ely and Lauth trimming their deficit to 5-4 before a ground out and a fly out ended the threat.
A walk, single and a fielder’s choice helped St. James get one run back to leave the orange and black trailing 6-4 with potentially six outs remaining of their season.
Retired in order by St. James ace Aiden Moffet in the top of the sixth, Brown returned the favor in the bottom of the sixth sitting the Tigers down in order.
This left the Dutchmen needing at least two runs in the top of the seventh to extend the game to the bottom half of the frame.
Down to their last out, Lauth singled through the right side of the infield to start a potential two-out rally.
Wyatt Kramme then reached on an error bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate in senior Austin Long.
Seeing the game end via a strikeout, Owensville’s clock struck midnight as their season ended with a 6-4 semifinal loss to St. James.
Saturday in first-round action against St. Clair’s Bulldogs, Owensville looked to avenge a pair of losses to St. Clair during the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) preseason tournament and in regular-season league play.
Breaking a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, Owensville gave freshman ace Chase Weirich enough offense to help the sixth-seeded Dutchmen deliver a first-round upset of the Bulldogs by a score of 3-0 on a two-hit complete game shutout from Weirich.
Scoreless through four innings, Owensville nearly got on the board in the top of the second inning off of St. Clair starter Anthony Broeker.
Landon Kramme was hit by a pitch and Zaiden Gates singled with two outs before a fly out to center field ended the threat keeping the game scoreless.
Weirich pitched around a walk and a hit batter in the bottom of the first inning before retiring nine of St. Clair’s next 10 batters.
During the aforementioned top of the fifth inning, Gates singled and scored on a RBI walk from Lauth before Wyatt Kramme drove in Gerlemann and Weirich giving the Dutchmen their final margin of victory.
Outhitting the Bulldogs 5-2, Owensville got two hits from Wyatt Kramme and Gates to go with a leadoff sixth-inning single from catcher Chris Allen.
Gerlemann was also named to the All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) Second Team as an outfielder in recently released voting by the conference coaches.
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