Baseball: Marian Catholic hands Niners first loss of season
MERRILLVILLE — Give Andrean credit: the 59ers suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, but afterward, they seemed to have the right attitude about the whole thing.
Or should that be the Wright attitude?
“We don’t want to go into the postseason all cocky because now we know how it feels to lose,” infielder Jeremy Wright said. “Now when we go into the postseason knowing how it feels (to lose) we won’t want to have that feeling again.”
It took 20 games for the 59ers to finally have that feeling, thanks to Marian Catholic scoring eight runs in the third and fourth innings combined to take a 9-5 victory Saturday afternoon.
But there were some bright spots.
The 59ers offense, not one of their biggest strengths, came up with four runs on four hits in the sixth to cut the Spartans’ lead to 9-5. Wright and Frank Podkul drove in runs while Podkul gave the 59ers two innings of shutout relief.
“We hit the ball hard today but it seemed that every time we hit the ball it would go right at somebody,” Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. “We got five runs off of their No. 1 pitcher (Ryan Wasso) so that’s a good job for us. Unfortunately we gave up nine.”
Four of those runs came courtesy of second baseman Brad Bohlen, including a two-run, fourth-inning double that led to a back-breaking five-run frame to make the score 9-1. Eight Spartans batted in that inning.