Mustangs lose control on the bump in the sixth inning

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Seth Sprock of George-Little Rock dives back to first base as West Lyon attempted to pick him off during Siouxland Conference baseball Wednesday, June 27. The Mustangs fell in the contest 16-1. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

West Lyon 1-1-1-0-0-13-X  16

George-Little Rock 0-0-0-1-0-0-X  1

GEORGE-George-Little Rock had a game on its hands through the first five innings of Siouxland Conference baseball with Class 2A second-ranked West Lyon Wednesday, June 27, but the pitching staff had trouble throwing strikes in the sixth inning and the Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 16-1 in six innings.

West Lyon scored single runs in the first, second and third innings with George-Little Rock scoring its run in the bottom of the fourth as Caleb De Kam got on base with an error to drive in courtesy runner Josh Haken. The score remained 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning.

“We went toe-to-toe with the second-best team in Class 2A right there for five innings. You could even say the three runs they got were totally unearned if we just make a couple simple plays right there (the Mustangs had over five errors in this contest),” said Mustangs’ coach Brian Luenberger. “That all has a domino affect. It gets Nathan (Klingenberg)’s pitch count up there. We probably threw an extra 25 pitches those innings.”

That soon came back to haunt George-Little Rock as the Wildcats put up 13 runs in the top of the sixth. In that frame, George-Little Rock gave up two runs on wild pitches and had eight total walks in the frame. The final pitching line for Klingenberg was five innings of work with five hits, eight runs of which three were earned, five walks and four strikeouts. De Kam came in for relief, but did not record any outs. He threw 39 pitches with two hits, eight runs of which six were earned, fives walks and no strikeouts. Matt Haken relieved De Kam and got the final three outs of the sixth inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and no strikeouts in only seven pitches.

“I really wish we could have finished the game, because the game was a lot closer than 16-1,” Luenberger said. “It’s unfortunate because I thought Nate pitched a whale of a game and besides some of our miscues there I thought we played really well defensively.”

Despite the loss, Luenberger said there are positives his team can take away from this game.

“I told our kids to use the first five innings of this game as a positive. We can be pretty good when we throw strikes and we’re involved in the game,” Luenberger said.

G-LR fails to get a hit in 1-0 defeat

Carson Schubert l Writer

George-Little Rock 0-0-0-0-0-0-0  0

Sioux Center 0-0-0-0-0-1-X  1

SIOUX CENTER-George-Little Rock found itself in a pitchers’ duel Thursday, June 28, in Sioux Center. Unfortunately, the Mustangs couldn’t get a hit and fell 1-0 to Sioux Center in a Siouxland Conference baseball game.

“We played really well in both pitching and defense. Even our at-bats were OK. Both teams played really well. Felt like a tournament-type game with pitching and defense,” said George-Little Rock coach Brian Luenberger.

The only run of the game was scored on an error by the Mustangs in the sixth inning on a ball that went the through the legs of the shortstop. 

“We had our chances, but we just came up a little bit short,” coach Luenberger said. 

Blake Johnson was on the mound for George-Little Rock. He pitched six innings, allowed four hits, one unearned run, one walk and had five strikeouts. 

“We needed that. We have three games back-to-back. So we needed somebody to go the distance for us and the best thing about it was that he kept his pitch count down under 90. He was just efficient, and if we pitch and play defense like that I feel like we can have some success in the postseason,” Luenberger said.

The only base runner of the game for the Mustangs was Seth Sprock who reached on a walk.

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