Scouts Drop 4-5 Contest to Nearby Dayton Team
The Xenia Scouts continued to struggle at the plate early in Saturday, July 14th’s 5-4 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League loss to the Dayton Docs at Nischwitz field in Fairborn.
Docs’ starter Trevor Szkutnik (4-2) shut down the Scouts (11-14) bats, allowing one hit in the first six innings of work. Good for Szkutnik, his teammates’ spotted him to a 5-0 lead. As the Scouts broke a 20-inning scoring drought in the seventh inning, Taylor Kaprive led off the inning with a single, first baseman Chandler Brock drew a walk and Patrick Vickery hit an infield single to load the bases. Third baseman David Gabel grounded to short, driving home Kaprive. Shortstop Jonathan Popadics hit a two-run single to left. One out later after a Justin Fahy walk, Buck Harris, the only Scout with multiple hits on the night, picked up one RBI when he singled to left, scoring Popadics. Docs left fielder Brian Bien bobbled the ball; Fahy initially stopped at third and then was thrown out at the plate trying to score, ending the inning with Dayton holding a 5-4 advantage.
The Docs loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning off relievers Tyler Wells and Nathan Roth, before Roth got third baseman Sawyer Polen to pop up to Brock at first. Travis Hissong came on in relief of Tommy Konrad in the eighth inning and closed out the Scouts, walking two and striking out four Scout hitters to pick up his first save of the season.
Szkutnik was very good in his six and a third innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits, walking two and striking out seven.
Blake McKnight (3-2) took the loss for Xenia. The right-hander from Evangel College gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits, walked two and recorded one strike-out.
The Scouts return to action Sunday night (7/15) when they travel to face league-leading Lima. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. All Scouts games can be heard on the internet at www. xeniascouts.com.
By Tommy Young, Scouts SID
15. July 2012 09:47
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