Errors eventually led to the end of Jourdanton’s baseball season on Saturday.
The Indians (13-8) committed six errors in Saturday’s 10-5 loss to Columbus (16-14) in eight innings. Two of those six came in the eighth inning. Columbus won the first game 1-0 in nine innings on Friday.
“We’ve talked about it all year long, we beat ourselves sometimes,” Head Coach John Conway said. “Right there, we just didn’t regroup and play like we’re capable of playing. It just fell apart.”
Those two errors led to five runs for the Cardinals in the eighth.
Jourdanton played from behind the eight ball all game. Columbus scored two runs in the first inning on a wild pitch and an error to take a 2-0 lead without recording a hit in the inning.
An RBI from Jace Hierholzer and a run-scoring error from Colton Schuchart knotted the game in the bottom of the second inning, only to see Columbus plate runs in the third and fourth innings off errors.
Once again, Jourdanton tied the game up in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk from Caden Fuselier and a wild pitch that scored Hierholzer.
Trevor Berger then put Columbus up 5-4 in the seventh inning with an RBI double to score Jacob Everett. Jourdanton senior Brett Berg sparked a seventh inning rally with a one-out triple to deep center field before coming around to tie the game on Kooper Schorsch’s RBI single to send the series to extra innings for the second consecutive game.
Berg knew he needed to deliver to keep the seniors’ high school careers alive.
“I told myself, ‘This may be your last at-bat, so end on a good one,’” Berg said. “[Dylan Zajicek] threw me a hanging curveball and I was on time and drove it over the center fielder’s head.”
Berg used that same mentality on the mound for Jourdanton which powered him to 6 1/3 innings of work where he allowed five runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
“I love these [seniors],” Conway said. “They’ve done so much over the years in so many sports here at Jourdanton. I can’t thank them enough. They fought to the end and set the precedence for these younger sophomores and juniors that we have.”
Clyde Schuchart took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Nick Cordova led the team offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI to his name.
Columbus walked off as winners in the ninth inning of game 1 on Friday. The Indians were able to scatter seven hits in the game, two more than the Cardinals.
Colton Schuchart took the mound and threw 7 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and two walks against 11 strikeouts.
He thought it was fitting that Jourdanton’s double-barrel aces took the mound to try and give the Indians a chance in the series.
“It was a great pleasure playing with Brett,” Colton Schuchart said. “Being able to go back and forth with him pitching on Tuesdays and me pitching on Fridays, it was a pleasure. But we couldn’t just do it by ourselves. Everyone had to be in the game and make plays.”
Jourdanton will graduate five seniors from this year’s team.