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Danbury comes up short in TAAC

May 2, 2012
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Danbury comes up short in TAAC

6:51 AM, May. 2, 2012   

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Kevin Shields

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LAKESIDE -- Momentum has been building for the Danbury baseball team the last two weeks.

On Tuesday the Lakers came up short in what would have been a big win, falling 3-1 to a 15-win Gibsonburg squad in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.

Danbury (7-10, 2-6) had won three straight games coming in.

"It would've been huge to get a win against a quality ball club," Lakers coach Adam Steinbrick said. "But we can build on the positives. The kids played with energy and didn't give up. We're just hoping we can fix our mistakes and get hot at the right time here."

Lakers' pitcher Cory Schenk kept the Golden Bears (15-5, 4-3) at bay, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits through five innings. He struck out three and walked three.

"Cory has done a great job for us all year," Steinbrick said. "He's 5-3. He's got our best earned run average. He's been solid."

Gibsonburg's Sam Kohler broke a scoreless tie in the third with a two-run homer to left field. The Golden Bears added their final run in the top half of the fifth when Billy VanDerLaar singled and scored on an error.

Gibsonburg right-hander Dylan Dorfmeyer didn't give up a hit to the Lakers until Schenk led off the fifth inning with a single down the right field line. Schenk scored two hitters later after stealing second. He came home on an error.

Danbury threatened in the sixth and seventh. Lucas Kennedy started the Lakers' sixth with a leadoff single to left center, stole second and moved to third on a groundout off the bat of Dalton Chapman. Branden Burke walked and stole second while Dorfmeyer wasn't looking, before Schenk was put on base with an intentional walk. But a strikeout and groundout to third ended the threat. Zach Kalinoski singled up the middle to start the seventh and got to second two batters later when Brandon Bahnsen reached on an error. Kennedy moved both along when he reached on a Gibsonburg error. However, the game ended when Dorfmeyer got a strikeout and his catcher, Kohler, nailed Kalinoski at third on a pickoff.

"I'm happy with the way the guys fought. They got the mindset now where they're not going to give up," Steinbrick said. "We just couldn't deliver a big hit tonight."

Burke pitched two scoreless and hitless innings of relief for Schenk. He struck out two and allowed a single baserunner that reached on an error in the field.

"Branden has been lights out lately and pitching like the Branden Burke we thought we'd get," Steinbrick said.


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