Terrill’s homer sparks Cavalry victory
Pitching struggles during game-two loss to St. Joe
Jeff Terrill smashed a two-run homer and Cody Mohan had three hits as the Lansing Cavalry beat St. Joe 9-4 during the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at LHS. The Cavalry dropped game two, 16-6, as their pitching struggled.
Everything seemed to go just right for Lansing during the first game. Pitcher Mike Amaral was flawless for most of the evening. The defense was clean. The bats clicked late. None of those characteristics were present in the nightcap, though.
Amaral dazzled on the mound early as he worked a one-hitter through four innings. The Cavalry (14-13) led just 1-0 at that point, however, because the offense was relatively quiet. The lone run came in the top of the first when Tom Kohl ripped a one-out single up the middle. He stole second and then scored on Mohan's base hit.
The Cavalry found their rhythm at the plate in the top of the fifth when Matt Mowery sparked a two-out rally with a walk. Terrill followed with a a line-drive homer down the left field line that barely stayed fair.
St. Joe began to figure out its timing on Amaral in the bottom of the fifth. It plated one run off two hits in the inning, but was just getting started. After Lansing bumped the lead to 5-1, St. Joe scored three more times off of four hits in the sixth.
The 5-4 margin didn't last, however. Lonnie Hansen opened the seventh with a single. Josh Coleman walked. Mike Bayless reached base on an error that allowed Hansen to score. Mohan ripped a single to left that scored Coleman. Conn Blakley hit a two-run single down the right field line. Suddenly the Cavalry led 9-4. The lead was more than enough for Amaral, who calmly retired the side to close out the game.
Everything that clicked for Lansing in game one was off kilter in game two. Mohan started on the mound and saw an early 2-0 lead erased in the bottom of the first when St. Joe's first four batters all scored. The first walked. The next two singled. The fourth ripped a two-run homer that made the score 4-2.
Lansing tied the game in the top of the second when Bayless reached on an error and Kohl blasted a two-run homer down the right field line. Again St. Joe responded and took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the second. Terrill hit a one-out triple to right-center in the third. He later scored on a wild pitch and pulled the Cavalry within 6-5, but St. Joe tagged on another run in the bottom of the inning.
Kohl was hit by a pitch in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Blakley, but St. Joe answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Blakley replaced Mohan on the mound in the fourth and he later was relieved by Johnny Stratton. It didn't matter, though, because St. Joe already was in its groove. It plated four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to complete the run-rule victory.