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Young Danbury team falls to Gibsonburg

April 15, 2010
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Young Danbury team falls to Gibsonburg

BY KEVIN SHIELDS • Sports Writer • April 2, 2010

GIBSONBURG -- When you're young and inexperienced, you learn to take positives in the little things your team does -- something that Danbury coach Adam Steinbrick is doing this season with his Lakers baseball squad.


The Lakers dropped their second straight decision to begin the season, losing 10-3 to Gibsonburg Thursday.

But when you lose a very talented six-member senior class you're going to take some lumps, and for Steinbrick's Lakers that is the reality of their situation.

"The guys have been working hard, and we just got to keep plugging away," Steinbrick said. "We're just so green right now and so young that we need to learn in a hurry. We do have some seniors, but they're more there to pick us up and stay confident. At a young age when you get thrown into the fire, you got to play with confidence.

"Once our guys start doing that and believing in themselves, I think good things are going to happen."

Danbury gave up four runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth inning, as Gibsonburg used a costly first inning mistake to get off to a fast start.

With an out in a scoreless first inning, the Lakers had Gibsonburg lead-off hitter Gage Beaber caught in a run down between and second and third base . Beaber got back to second safely, though, after a dropped throw cost Danbury a chance at the out.

The Golden Bears capitalized, putting up four runs (all unearned) on Laker starter Branden Burke to take a four-run advantage.

"A good team, like Gibsonburg, is going to make you pay when you give them extra outs and opportunities," Steinbrick said.

Beaber finished with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored for Gibsonburg. Michael Molina paced all Golden Bears hitters with three hits in the clean-up role.

Trailing 7-0 after three innings, the Lakers fought back, plating a run off Gibsonburg starter Dylan Dorfmeyer. Cory Schneck was hit by a pitch with one out, and was moved to third on a sharp-single down the left field line by Mike Hirsch. After John Grieve walked, Schneck scored on a fielding error by the Golden Bear's third baseman .

Danbury failed to get any more runs across in the inning, despite having the bases loaded with a single out. It went on to strand a total of nine runners, recording just six hits.

"In our first game, our bats were rather quiet," Steinbrick said. "Tonight we swung the bats a little bit more, but maybe a little too aggressive at times. But that's young guys trying to make things happen."

One big positive for Steinbrick's club however, was the effort of Schneck on the mound. He relieved Burke in the fourth, tossing three innings of scoreless relief as he allowed two hits and struck out two.

"Cory Schneck has done a nice job for us in the two games so far with throwing strikes," Steinbrick said.

At the plate, senior Nathan Hartman tied for a game-high with three hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Branden Burke and Billy Burke also recorded singles for the Lakers, while Lucas Kennedy added a run scored.

The Lakers capped the scoring in the seventh getting RBI-hits from both Hartman and Billy Burke -- showing no quit or lack of effort from being down nine runs.

"We are young and learning on the go, but my guys aren't going to give up," Steinbrick said. "We just need to keep battling and learn in a hurry."

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