LORAIN — Each team had nine hits and four errors at The Pipe Yard on Tuesday night.
Close game, right?
Champion City turned two double plays and minimized its mistakes in turning back Lorain County 6-1 in Prospect League play. The Ironmen have dropped four games in a row after winning their first three. The first-place Kings, from Springfield, improved to 5-2.
“That’s the way it goes when you lose four in a row,” Ironmen manager Joe Rhomberg said. “At least it feels that way. We make an error with two outs and no one on and they end up scoring three that inning. Then we made another error and they score two on it.
“On the other side, every ball we hit hard was right at someone.”
Champion started the game with a single to left by Trevor King, who promptly stole second. Two outs later, Brett Hermanussen blooped single down the right-field line to score King.
It was a prelude.
As Rhomberg noted, the Kings blew the game open with three runs after the third out should have been recorded in the fourth inning. Addison Rospert had a ball glance off his glove to start the rally. Hits by Nathan Suyematsu and Tanner Reibenspies around a walk to Joey Mancuso scored two runs and the Kings were rolling.
Two more scored in the fifth after a pair of throwing errors and successive hits by Jake Bennett, Hermanussen and Corey Pool to make it 6-0.
Billy Salem, Nate Langhals, Lucas Raley and Andrew Gronski had two hits each for the Ironmen, but the third and fourth hitters were a combined 0-for-8 and the Ironmen hit into rally-killing double plays in the second and third innings.
Luke Mamer won his second game of the season for Champion City. Sam Clarke took the loss for the Ironmen, but only two of the six runs he allowed were earned.
“We left two or three guys on base in scoring position,” Rhomberg said. “I’m happy we hit the ball hard — our swings were better. The other stuff will take care of itself. We’ve just got to show up and play.”
The Ironmen hope to break the skid at Butler tonight before returning to The Pipe Yard on Thursday against Chillicothe.
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