LAMOILLE — A late surge by the LaMoille/Ohio Lions wasn’t enough to overcome absentee players and a slow offensive start as they were ousted by the Paw Paw Bulldogs 7-4 Tuesday in LaMoille.
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead which was answered in the bottom of the first inning as short stop Preston Powers found some outfield grass for a double and scored two batters later on pitcher Anthony Lovgren’s two-out single.
Paw Paw took advantage of LaMoille miscues as they strung together five runs in the third and fourth innings on four hits and two errors to jump out to a 6-1 lead.
LaMoille struggled offensively over a stretch of four innings before finally finding an offensive groove in the sixth inning as they sent eight batters to the plate and sending the first three batters of the inning across the plate.
Lovgren’s one-out single was the big hit of the evening as Powers and first basemen Jake Lucas took advantage of fielding and throwing mistakes by Paw Paw to cut the Bulldog lead to 6-4 after six innings.
The Lions looked to keep the offense rolling as second baseman Adam Schweickert drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh but was caught too far off the bag on a lazy bloop by Preston Powers and was doubled up at first to slow the Lions’ momentum.
“We played hard. We had a couple kids that weren’t here so we had some kids out of position and that makes it a little harder to adjust but they all hustled and made some good plays, made some bad plays that we know we could of made and probably should have made but it didn’t happen that way. I hand it to Paw Paw they kept working and won the ball game.”
Coach Lovgren always wants to come up with a win but takes positives away from every game especially when his team doesn’t give in and continues to battle and play hard to the very end.
“It was good to see our kids put up a fight there at the end. It’s always good to see when they don’t quit, that they keep working at it and they do,” he said. “I was happy for that but we made a couple of errors trying to be too aggressive late and that hurt, sometimes we’re just trying to do too much.”
A stretch of three games to end the week gives the Lions an opportunity to get back on the playing field and improve their play.
“We’ve got games Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’re going to work on those games and continue to work for the rest of the season to get better,” he said.
Notes: The two teams were rained out Monday night in Paw Paw and finished the final three innings of play before Tuesday evening’s contest. Paw Paw won the split game by a score of 4-2. Schweickert, who was 1-3 with an RBI, led LaMoille offensively.
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