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Danbury can't hold early lead in twin bill setbacks

May 2, 2011
Danbury High School

Written by

Kevin Shields
Sports writer

CASTALIA -- Dalton Chapman drove home a run with a double early in the second game of Saturday's non-league doubleheader vs. Margaretta.

Unfortunately for Chapman and the Lakers (6-10), who jumped out to 2-0 leads in the first inning in both games, they couldn't muster any more offense.

Danbury fell 9-2 in game one and 5-2 in game two, as it was held to just eight hits on the day..

"Our mindset is off right now hitting-wise," Lakers coach Adam Steinbrick said. "We have to start believing that we can hit and we have to start swinging the bats.

"If you don't swing the bat with a purpose, things won't turn out too good."

Pitching was the difference in the two games, as Margaretta (3-10) received two very solid performances from guys who had struggled this year.

Junior Craig Galindo earned the victory in game one. He went the distance, striking out 11 and walking two. He allowed one hit.

"He got better as the game went on," Steinbrick said. "We scored two on him, but we had more opportunities. We made some base-running mistakes and had some other things come up.

"Our hats go off to him. As the game went on, he got us more off-balance and frustrated us a bit."

Offensively, Galindo wasn't bad either. His three-RBI triple in the fourth broke a 2-2 tie as the Polar Bears scored five in the frame.

Margaretta got three more RBIs from Corey Kane. Colton Gast chipped in two RBIs.

In game two, it was Hunter Dye's turn to star.

Dye went the distance, striking out four, while scattering seven hits.

Cory Schenk had two of those hits for the Lakers. He took the loss on the mound, going 5 1/3 innings. Schenk gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits, while striking out five and walking one.

Schenk's effort came after another good effort in game one from Brandon Burke.

"We have some guys that are throwing it well," Steinbrick said. "Brandon did a great job in that first game, then Schenk was solid for us. We could only use him for 5 1/3. He did everything we asked. He'd thrown the last couple days, so we'd used up our innings with him."

Gast tallied two singles, a double and had two RBIs. With Margaretta trailing 2-0 after the top half of the first, he singled home a run to bring the deficit to 2-1.

The Polar Bears tied the game three batters later when Brandon Pumphrey ripped a 1-0 pitch for an RBI single.

Gast's RBI double to left center was part of a three-run fifth for the Polar Bears that saw them take a 5-2 edge.

Schenk finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, as he was the Lakers lone player with multiple hits.

"The hitting just isn't where it should be," Steinbrick said. "We, as a coaching staff, have addressed the issues in different ways, but we're going to continue to make adjustments."

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