September 16, 2014

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H.S. Baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer blanks North Ridgeville for sectional crown

EATON TWP. — Amazing. Awesome. Almost perfect.
Midview senior southpaw Eric Lauer was his usual unhittable self Friday in a 1-0 victory over North Ridgeville as the Middies won a Division I sectional title on a gorgeous afternoon before a large crowd of about 200.
Midview (19-6) advanced to the district tournament to meet Lakewood on Thursday at The Pipe Yard, and moved within a win of a school-record 20 victories. The Middies can reach that Monday at North Ridgeville in a makeup game.
Lauer, who drew a large number of major league scouts, has not given up a run — earned or unearned — this season and improved to 6-0. He didn’t allow North Ridgeville (13-15) a hit in a 3-1 regular-season victory, as the run was scored off a reliever put in for the seventh because of Lauer’s pitch count.
On Friday, he allowed two hits and a walk while striking out 14.
“My fastball was working early on before I changed to mainly curveballs,” Lauer said in an interview delayed because the scouts had him cornered. “I wish I would have used my curve more because the change-up wasn’t working.
“This year our team has been playing do-or-die because our goal is to go farther in the playoffs.”
Midview also advanced to the district last season but lost in the semifinals.
With Lauer so sharp, the Middies needed only one run. That’s all they got.
It came in the first inning when Cody Callaway singled to left with two outs, went to second when Lauer was hit by a pitch and scored on Steven Frye’s solid single to left. Frye was the star at the plate with three hits, including a double, the lone extra-base hit of the game.
“I waited for my pitch and worked the count,” Frye said. “After our early run I thought we’d score some more. This was a very important win for us and a definite step forward.”
“He’s been doing a lot of that lately, so that’s good,” Midview coach Scott Jalowiec said of Frye’s 3-for-3. “He’s a great clutch hitter.
“I think our kids got a bit complacent after our early run because they are so confident in Lauer. I could see them let up a bit after our early lead. As for Lauer, he was just being the same old Eric.”
The game was well-played, as neither team committed an error and losing pitcher Matt Feierabend gave up just a run and five hits. He’s the cousin of Ryan Feierabend, the former Midview ace who’s 1-0 for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock team.
“My cutter was going great with a lot of movement,” Feierabend said. “I felt great out there. The only thing not working was my curveball.”
He had a simple explanation for Midview’s run.
“I left a pitch up and they took advantage of it,” he said.
“It was a great high school baseball game, but the results were not what we wanted,” North Ridgeville coach Matt Ponting said. “We played well but moral victories don’t really mean anything.
“(Lauer) makes it tough the way he was throwing today. He got the key pitches when he needed them.”
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.
Midview 1, N. Ridgeville 0
N. Ridgeville Midview
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Miranda 2 0 0 0 Steindl 3 0 0 0
Findlay 3 0 0 0 Smith 3 0 1 0
Feierabend 3 0 0 0 Callaway 3 1 1 0
Shaw 3 0 1 0 Lauer 2 0 0 0
Colbert 3 0 0 0 Frye 3 0 3 1
Gannon 0 0 0 0 Dull 0 0 0 0
Armaro 3 0 0 0 Gerbec 2 0 0 0
Freeman 2 0 0 0 Higley 3 0 0 0
Rankin 2 0 0 0 Wilson 2 0 0 0
Januzzi 2 0 1 0 Stephenson 2 0 0 0
Totals 23 0 2 0 Totals 23 1 5 1
N. Ridgeville 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Midview 100 000 X — 1 5 0
LOB—North Ridgeville 3, Midview 6. 2B—Frye.
IP H R ER BB SO
Feierabend (L, 4-4) 6 5 1 1 1 2
Lauer (W, 6-0) 7 2 0 0 1 14
HBP—By Feierabend (Lauer).