Franklin's errors show way for Westminster, 14-10

Six errors help Owls blow by Indians in wind

Baseball

High Schools

April 23, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A strong wind blowing out at Westminster yesterday helped both the host Owls and Franklin combine for 13 extra-base hits, 24 runs and 30 hits overall.

But the No. 11 Franklin baseball team experienced some unusual defensive problems and committed six errors that helped Westminster in several spots. The Owls took full advantage, handing the previously undefeated Indians a 14-10 loss.

Franklin (6-1) had made just one error in its first six games. But the Indians struggled right from the start yesterday, making two errors and committing a passed ball to help Westminster (6-3) score twice in the first inning. All six Franklin errors eventually played a hand in Owls runs as Westminster won its third straight game.

"This is worst game we've played all year defensively," Franklin coach Larry Meekins said.

The mistakes proved costly because the Owls crushed the ball for 16 hits (five for extra bases). The wind helped carry several Westminster - and Franklin - balls hit to left and center fields. But the Owls never let up, taking command and breaking an 8-8 tie in the fourth inning with six straight runs.

"It's tough playing on a day like this," Westminster co-coach Bryan Harman said. "The hitters had a lot of fun."

Westminster cleanup hitter Jared Imhoff had an especially enjoyable afternoon. The designated hitter went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

The senior reached on an infield single in the first and added an RBI double in the second. Imhoff added an RBI triple to deep center in the fourth before sparking Westminster's four-run fifth with a two-run double - again to deep center.

"We all hit the ball today," Imhoff said. "The wind was helping the ball. [This win] helps us keep our momentum going and gives us more confidence."

Right fielder Mike Scheffel went 3-for-5 and scored three times. Center fielder Matt Buckman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as eight of the Westminster starters had at least one hit.

Franklin catcher George Burnham (three RBIs) and left fielder Dustin Roloff (two RBIs) both went 4-for-4 with two extra-base hits. Shaun Elhai had a two-run homer in the first and finished 2-for-5 as eight of the Indians' 14 hits went for extra bases. Westminster also struggled in the field with four errors - but two came in the seventh when Franklin failed to score.

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