The Colman A’s took part in three games over the past week as they were looking to end a bit of a losing streak that has seen them drop a few places in the Cornbelt League standings. They were unable to do so against the league’s top team in Madison on Tuesday but an offensive outburst versus Canistota put an end to the streak that saw the A’s lose five of their last six games.
Madison 7 – Colman 2
The A’s got on the board just three batters into the game and held that lead for seven full innings before the Madison Broncos got to Colman’s pitching staff for seven runs in the eighth.
Billy Stitz led off the game for Colman with a double to right center and was sacrificed over by Paul Clark before scoring on a Jake Otkin ground out to the shortstop to give the A’s the early, 1-0, lead.
From there until the eighth inning, it was the Paul Clark Show. Clark didn’t allow a single hit by the Broncos through the first four innings before allowing a single in the fifth and a double in the sixth.
After a perfect seventh inning on the mound, Clark went back out for the eighth inning, a decision that proved to be costly for the A’s.
Madison’s leadoff man reached on an error and after Clark got the next man to fly out, the Broncos went on a run. Clark allowed back-to-back singles that tied the game and forced Manager Bill Clark to make a move to the bullpen for, lefty, John Roesler.
The Broncs showed no mercy to Roesler, picking up four straight RBI singles. When the inning was all over, Madison had taken a 7-1 lead.
Colman did tack on a run in the ninth thanks to Adam Fritz who walked and came around to score on a series of passed balls.
Clark finished the game with the loss, tossing seven-and-a-third innings of four hit baseball, striking out two and allowing three runs (two earned).
Stitz finished the game 2-4 with two doubles and a walk for the A’s while singles by Kyle Entringer and Keenan Soyland accounted for the A’s only other two hits.
Colman 15 – Canistota 3
Thursday’s game in Montrose against Canistota marked the end of the A’s three game losing streak that dates back to the last time they faced Canistota on June 13th.
It was not a pretty game for the home team as the A’s managed to pick up 14 hits and 11 walks to earn their 15-3, mercy-rule, victory.
The A’s took the lead in the second inning thanks to three runs by the bottom three hitters in the lineup and they didn’t look back from there. They picked up a single run in the third, five runs in the fifth, four more in the sixth and ended the game with two runs in the seventh.
Canistota scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth off of Colman’s starting pitcher, Brandon Womack. Womack earned his third win of the season, going all seven innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, and striking out 10 Canistota batters.
At the plate, Kyle Entringer and Adam Fritz led the Colman offense by each going 2-3 on the night with two walks apiece. Fritz accounted for four of Colman’s runs scored, while Entringer was plated three times.
Keenan Soyland and Brandon Womack each picked up three RBIs a piece for the A’s. Deon Entringer (2-5 with a walk), Paul Clark (2-6), Billy Stitz (2-3 with three walks), and Womack (2-5) all picked up multiple hits for the A’s.
The A’s finished their week off with a home game versus Flandreau on Sunday. Check the paper for an additional article on the game.