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Danbury falls to Stockaders
May 11, 2012Danbury High School
Danbury falls to the Stockaders
7:06 AM, May. 11, 2012
TOLEDO -- It has been a rough season for Old Fort.
But Thursday night they were able to celebrate after they came from behind to beat Danbury 10-7 under the lights at Fifth Third Field.
The win is just the second all season for the Stockaders.
"Boy, it's a big lift," Old Fort coach Wade Yeakle said. "We haven't played a full game. We've played seven innings, but we'll play six really good innings and then that last one we just can't finish it. Today was totally different. We got guys on. We hit the ball and we fielded the ball. It was unbelievable."
Danbury held the lead for most of the game and the Lakers were up 7-4 going into the sixth inning. Old Fort broke through for six runs in the inning to take over the lead at 10-7.
The Stockaders drew three walks in the inning and recorded three hits. The big hit in the inning was a one-out, bases-loaded double by Nick Yeakle that scored Jake Wilson and Rob Root. Garet Kimmet and Cole Davidson added RBI singles and Brad Heilman hit a sacrifice fly.
"Actually, I was thinking we were going to play small ball," Yeakle said. "We were going to bunt, bunt and bunt. But they hit the ball. Our guys hit the ball and that's what we need. It was excellent."
Old Fort pitcher Mathew Goodman pitched all seven innings for the Stockaders. He tallied 10 strikeouts while only walking three.
After Old Fort took the lead, Goodman was impressive, allowing just one hit over the final two innings. He struck out the last two batters of the game to secure a win.
Cory Schenk started the game for Danbury and gave up one run over the first three innings. Branden Burke came on in the fourth and allowed three runs over the next two innings. Dalton Chapman pitched the sixth inning, giving up all of the six runs to earn the loss.
"You got to give them credit," Danbury coach Adam Steinbrick said. "They came out and they made things happen there. They put the bat on the ball. Congratulations to them. They hung in there. We were up most of the game until they made it happen late."
Before the game, Danbury honored former coach Larry Indorf with a surprise ceremony. Indorf was asked to throw out the first pitch. While he walked off the mound he was presented with a framed jersey. Indorf spent 18 years coaching Danbury baseball and his 156 wins are the most in school history.
"That was special," Steinbrick said. "Coach (Indorf), he has done amazing things for this program and he's done it for a long time. We can't thank him enough for everything he's done and the commitment he's made. We thought what better place to honor him."
It was a memorable night of baseball for both teams, but in the end it is Old Fort who gets to savor the win.
"It's an unbelievable, well-manicured ball field," Yeakle said. "I haven't seen a stone yet and I'm sure the kids will remember that. And they got a win at that field. It will be big. We couldn't have done it on a better stage."