BROWNSVILLE — Luke Livingston didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. Charlie Storhoff didn’t allow a hit, period.
Together, they combined on a two-hitter to lead the Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 varsity baseball team to a 7-0 win over Berlin Post 340 here Wednesday evening in the team’s opener at a Class AA regional tournament at Dale R. Michels Memorial Park.
“It’s good to team up with someone and have a little help behind you,” said Livingston, who started and worked four innings while allowing the two hits and striking out three without issuing a walk. “It’s just good that we have two pitchers who are able to pitch because it saves pitches, so (hopefully) when it comes to the championship game we’ll have all our pitchers available.”
In fact, not only did Livingston not allow a hit in the first three innings, he didn’t even let Berlin get one in the air as the first nine outs he recorded were either groundouts or strikeouts.
“Just keeping the ball low — focusing on keeping it low — and just mixing up my pitches to keep them off balance,” he said.
Livingston — who was 2-for-4 with an RBI to add to his stat line — allowed a leadoff single to Austin Beuthin in the fourth and later a two-out single to Taylor Wallace, but the lefty got out of the two-on, two-out jam by striking out Mitchell Kramer.
And with his pitch count at a tidy 55 pitches, he gave way Storhoff to nail things down.
The righty delivered, facing the minimum over the final three innings while striking out three.
“He was throwing hard tonight and he was locating his off-speed (pitch), which really helps him — because when he’s locating his off-speed, he’s hard to hit,” Livingston said.
Meantime, Beaver Dam was steady on offense throughout, scoring a single run in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth on eight hits.
The biggest key at the plate, though, was just putting the ball in play and forcing Berlin’s hand, as Post 340 committed four errors that led to four unearned BD runs.
Beaver Dam was only credited with three RBIs on the night. Livingston knocked in a run with a single in the third, and cleanup hitter Bayne Johnson’s sacrifice fly and No. 9 hitter Mitch Graff’s single brought home runs in the fourth.
“We did a really nice job of taking advantage of mistakes, whether it be (them) missing a location in the (strike) zone or a fielding error or just any little mistake they made,” BD head coach Dylan Ziegler said. “We took advantage and scored runs off that, and you’ve got to do that in tournament ball.”
Indeed. And so Beaver Dam will take the field again tonight, looking to win and advance to Friday’s championship game of the four-team regional.
Getting off on the right foot Wednesday was a start.
“It’s important,” Ziegler said of not digging a hole right out of the chute. “Because that saves pitching arms and it gives you more confidence in the next game.”
BEAVER DAM POST 146 7, BERLIN POST 340 0
Berlin 000 000 0 – 0 2 4
BD 012 310 x – 7 8 0
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-k): Berlin – Carter Jodarski (L, 2-1-0-1-2), Carter Rohde (2-5-2-2-1), Cody Ryan (2-2-1-0-2). BD – Luke Livingston (W, 4-2-0-0-3), Charlie Storhoff (3-0-0-0-0).
Leading hitters (two or more hits): Berlin – None. BD – Luke Livingston 2x4.