Selkirk pitcher Josh Newman was probably scratching his head after last week’s 4-1 loss at Curlew.
He pitched a two-hitter last Tuesday and had four strikeouts in the second inning, but a series of miscues in the inning negated the effort, and Newman ended up with the loss.
Here is how it unfolded:
In the bottom of the second inning, Curlew’s Jason Miller led off with a hit and then stole second base. The next batter, Pine Engeland, flew out to left field for the first out. Curlew’s Jeremy Thurik followed with a triple to drive in Miller.
Then the Cougars’ Joe Brucklier got hit by a pitch and stole second. On the steal attempt, however, Selkirk’s catcher overthrew third base in an attempt to pick off Thurik who scored on the play. Brucklier went to third on the overthrow.
After that, Curlew’s Alex Robinweiler struck out for the second out. The Cougars’ Elliott Edwards then struck out, but a passed ball allowed him to get to first base and Brucklier scored.
Edwards stole second before Bowe Brown struck out, but another passed ball allowed Brown to get to first base and Edwards went to third.
Brown would steal second before Spencer Nelson struck out. However, the passed ball on the pitch to Nelson allowed him to take first and moved Edwards across home plate as Brown went to third. Then Nelson stole second before Curt Nelson walked to load the bases.
Miller returned for his second at-bat of the inning, but hit a deep fly ball to center field for the third out.
“I’ve been coaching baseball for 23 years,” Curlew coach Gary Kaatz said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”
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