Devoid of essentials, Jeeps lose sight of Warriors

By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer

DUBOIS — The Northeast Dubois baseball team lacked the essentials Monday night.

“We didn’t play well at all,” Northeast Dubois coach Brian Kirchoff said after his team lost 12-5 to North Knox at home.

“Every good thing that a baseball team need to display, we lacked.”

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Northeast Dubois (6-8, 0-2 Blue Chip Conference) trailed the whole game as North Knox (9-6, 2-2) tallied one run in the first and three more in the third before busting the game open with a six-run sixth inning. The Warriors, who pounded 17 hits, added two more scores in the seventh.

Kristopher Weisheit (2-3), Gage Knies and Austin Kunz combined on the pitching effort for the Jeeps, as Weisheit struck out four in pitching into the sixth inning.

“Our pitchers threw strikes and challenged hitters and did a good job,” Kirchoff said. “They just didn’t get much help.”

The Jeeps committed three errors and also fell victim to some bad hops as ground balls oftentimes took quirky hops on the high infield grass. They also struck out eight times at the plate, as one Jeep threw his bat toward the dugout out of frustration on his way back.

“Once one person gets down, the whole team gets down,” said Jeep catcher Nolan Rasche, who finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. “We’ve got to get over that hump and just get back at it.”

Northeast Dubois scored twice in the second, as Cameron Riecker and Joe Gress each drove in a run. They also plated three runs in the sixth, as Bryce Huebner recorded an RBI groundout to bring in Rasche before Shane Troutt and Kunz scored on an error.

Before the mini-rally, Kirchoff met his team on the field after North Knox had registered their six runs. Rasche said the coach’s message was simple: hit the ball. The Jeeps did that, as Rasche led off that frame with a single.

Northeast Dubois notched at least one hit in five innings, as Cameron Riecker led the team with a 3-for-4 effort and Rasche was the only other Jeep to finish with multiple hits.

“He’s getting it a little bit at the plate, he’s starting to understand some things that we’ve worked on with his hitting,” Kirchoff said of Rasche, a sophomore. “He’s doing a better job of doing what we’re asking him to do and that’s the biggest part.”

Tyler Mundy (2-2) tossed six innings for North Knox, finishing with six strikeouts. He also worked out of a potential trouble in the fourth inning. Northeast Dubois had a runner on with only one out and the heart of the lineup coming up, but Mundy induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Tyler Sanders pitched the seventh for North Knox, as the duo stranded 11 baserunners; the Jeeps left at least one runner on in each inning.

It was an undesirable result, sure. But the problem is also correctable, as the Jeeps take on Shoals this afternoon in a conference road game.

“We’re going to have to see a lot of intensity on defense and on offense, we have to come our rearing to go,” Rasche said. “We need to get out to about a 10-run lead in the first inning because that will keep our heads up, and keeping our heads up is what’s most important.”

Contact John Patishnock at jpatishnock@dcherald.com.




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