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Danbury works for runs

April 16, 2012
Danbury High School



Baseball: Danbury works for runs

8:29 AM, Apr. 14, 2012  

Written by

Matthew Horn

Sports writer

 

DANBURY TOWNSHIP -- Danbury used passed balls, errors, stolen bases, bunts, walks, wild pitches, balks and even hits during an offensive outburst Friday.

And Lakers starting pitcher Cory Schenk couldn't wait to see what would happen next as Danbury topped St. Joseph Central Catholic 11-1 in five innings in a non-conference matchup.

"It builds momentum," Schenk said of multiple contributors producing in a variety of ways. "We've got some confidence and hope to start a run. We're an aggressive team. However we can get the runs, we'll do it.

"If they get a base hit (while pitching with a lead) it's not as stressful. You can let the defense play."

Lucas Kennedy reached on an error before Branden Burke hit an infield single in the first inning for Danbury (3-7). Schenk doubled to the wall in center to drive them in before scoring on a single from David Gast.

"There were guys on (base), and I had to do my part to get them in," Schenk said. "I got a fastball right at my belt, and it felt good off the bat."

Gast scored on the first of Zack Kalinoski's two run-scoring bunts.

"He had two suicides," Lakers coach Adam Steinbrick said. "Two beautiful bunts and the next time up he gets a hit. He had a job to do. Everybody has strengths.

"He did a great job. Those were huge runs. It's easier to play when you're up. Too many times this year we were down."

Burke (single), Schenk (infield single), Gast (walk) and John Bunce (walk) reached to lead off the third inning. Burke scored on a passed ball, Schenk on an error, Gast on Kalinoski's second bunt and Bunce on a walk to Kennedy.

Kalinoski singled to lead off the fifth and later scored on a balk. Caleb Helline bunted for a hit and scored on a wild pitch and Dalton Chapman walked and capped the scoring to complete the game when Burke tripled.

"When you get on top throwing strikes, make the routine plays and put the ball in play, good things happen," Steinbrick said.

Schenk (3-1) struck out five and walked one while allowing four hits and one run in five innings.

"I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Schenk said. "I was consistent with my fastball."

Danbury lost to Cardinal Stritch 13-4 on Thursday but had 11 hits and Steinbrick saw improvement. Many of the Lakers have individual adjustments to make with things like loading the bat, mindset on certain counts, generating bat speed, swinging with two strikes, hitting to all fields or with their hands.

"We've struggled in all areas and that takes its toll," Steinbrick said. "As crazy as it sounds, the bats were coming out of it (Thursday). The kids started to come out of it making adjustments.

"We're not where we want to be. We had high expectations coming into the season and starting (Thursday) we showed some flashes. I thought they'd show up and hit (Friday) and they did."


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