A two-run blast by Humboldt shortstop Rob Lind in the bottom of the seventh inning was all the Gamecocks needed to defeat the A’s, 2-1, in Colman’s lone baseball game of the week.
The A’s scored their only run of the game in the third inning after Billy Stitz drove an RBI double to left center that scored Paul Clark, who had previously reached on an error by Gamecock right fielder Kyle Johnson, giving the A’s the early 1-0 lead.
The Gamecocks threatened to score in the bottom half of the third after their leadoff man singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a sacrifice, but Johnson lined into an inning ending double play to Colman third basemen Chris Meyer.
A’s starting pitcher Deon Entringer was cruising through the Gamecocks batting order until the seventh inning. Entringer managed to strikeout the first two batters of Humboldt’s order before surrendering a single to first basemen Seth Rockefeller, which brought Lind to the plate. Entringer got the count to one ball and one strike before leaving a fastball over the plate that Lind would send over the spectators in right field.
The A’s threatened to tie the game in the top half of the eighth after Clark ripped a one-out double over the left fielder’s head. After intentionally walking Stitz, Humboldt pitcher Bucky Needles got Aaron Entringer to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Deon Entringer pitched eight solid innings for the A’s surrendering just five hits and striking out seven batters.
Needles pitched eight-and-a-third innings for the Gamecocks, giving up just the one unearned run on seven hits and striking out three A’s batters. Rockefeller came in and got the save by pitching the final two outs, striking out one.
Stitz finished 3-3 for the game with a walk, while Meyer finished 2-3 with two walks for the A’s.
Lind led the Gamecocks going 2-3 with a double to go along with his two-run homerun.
The A’s drop their league record to 3-5 with the loss and will take on Cornbelt League foes Madison (Tuesday in Madison), Canistota (Thursday in Canistota), and Flandreau (Sunday in Colman) this week.