October 24, 2014

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Walk in the park

Opportunistic North wins district

ELYRIA — Elyria North Little League had just seven hits but was the recipient of 18 walks and took advantage of other miscues to come away with a 15-5 mercy-rule victory over Elyria East to win the District 3 Juniors All-Stars (ages 13-14) championship at North Park on Friday.
North advances to the state tournament at Boardman, where it will begin play next Saturday.
“Our hits were timely, we took advantage of East’s troubles and received a lot of walks,” said North manager Rob Webber. “We also had some good baserunning to put the pressure on them. Fortunately, we didn’t return the favor by giving up a lot of extra outs.”
North’s Jordan McDonald doubled to lead off the game before stealing third base and scoring on a wild pitch. Winning pitcher Jacob Lorbach retired East in order in the bottom of the first inning to set the stage for a six-run second for the winners.
Lorbach’s leadoff double and A.J. Vincent’s single were the only North hits during the uprising. A two-base error, six walks and a sacrifice fly did the damage.
The champions tacked on four runs each in the third and fourth innings. Scott Lilly’s bases-clearing double in the fourth was that inning’s big hit. Lilly was gunned down trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
“Everybody hit well for us,” said Webber. “Scott’s double was really nice. We were pretty familiar with their pitchers. This game swayed to our side in the early going.”
East capitalized on Lorbach’s shakiness in the third and fourth innings. Preston Lane doubled to lead off the third and scored East’s first run. Later, Duke Long and Zack Rogers walked and scored.
With two out in the fourth, East’s Scott LaMoreaux was hit by a pitch. Long drove him home with a triple to the fence in dead center field before Rogers’ infield single plated Long.
North couldn’t mount a threat in the fifth, and Lorbach retired East in order on nine pitches, including a strikeout to wrap up the championship.
“Jake and his family postponed their vacation so that he could pitch tonight,” said Webber. “He pitched well and definitely helped get us to the state tournament.
“Our defense played well behind Jake, especially catcher Ray Algood. He knocks everything down and keeps the ball in front of him very well.”
“My curveball wasn’t really effective,” said Lorbach. “My four-seam fastball worked best, especially in the later innings. Our defense helped me a lot, not making costly errors. Ray Algood did a super job. Overall, we got a very good win.”
East manager Chip Shope and his team were disappointed.
“We gave up too many extra outs,” said Shope. “North capitalized on our mistakes. They play well and are well-coached. Their pitcher found the strike zone.
“We didn’t come through for the second straight game. But I’m proud of our efforts. We’ve been practicing at 6 a.m. for the past three weeks. Everybody showed up for those practices. We’re disappointed right now but will be back next year.”
Contact Jerry Henson at 329-7253 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

North East
AB R H BI AB R H BI
McDonald 3 2 1 1 Long 2 2 1 1
Voelz 2 2 0 1 Rogers 2 1 1 1
Victor 1 3 1 2 Shope 3 0 0 0
A. Smith 2 1 0 0 M. Smith 2 0 1 1
Vincent 1 0 1 1 Schultz 0 0 0 0
Lilly 2 1 1 3 Rivers 0 0 0 0
Lorbach 1 1 1 2 Emerson 1 0 0 0
Webber 2 1 1 0 Billings 2 0 0 0
Mandula 0 0 0 0 Taylor 3 0 0 0
Mackert 1 0 0 0 Stolarski 1 0 0 0
Algood 3 2 1 0 Loesch 1 0 0 0
Traxler 1 2 0 1 Lane 2 1 1 0
LaMoreaux 1 1 0 0
Totals 19 15 7 11 Totals 20 5 4 3
North 164 40 — 15 7 1
East 003 20 — 5 4 4
2B – McDonald, Victor, Lilly, Lorbach, M. Smith Lane. 3B – Long. LOB – North 8, East 4. SF – Voelz. SB – McDonald 2, Voelz, Allgood.
IP R ER H BB SO
North
Lorbach (W) 5 5 5 4 3 5
East
LaMoreaux (L) 2 2/3 11 10 5 11 2
Taylor 1 2/3 4 4 0 3 2
Long 2/3 0 0 2 4 0
HBP, by Lorbach (LaMoreaux. WP – LaMoreaux 4, Long 2. PB – Allgood. BALK – Lorbach, Taylor.

071407north.jpgTom Mahl / Chronicle
Elyria North shortstop Jordan McDonald stays with a hard grounder Friday during North’s district-title win.