MAYVILLE — Not all news was bad for Mayville at the conclusion of its game vs. Lake Mills on Monday evening in non-conference prep baseball action at Fireman’s Park.
At least the Cardinals won’t have to sit and stew over their lackluster performance for long.
“That is the best thing with (baseball) is that usually you have a game the next day, so if you have a bad one, you can come out with a better approach, point out the things we did wrong that we need to do better and hopefully we can put it together tomorrow,” Cardinals coach Corey Held said of getting another crack at things today vs. Omro.
There’s no shortage of teaching points after this one, that’s for sure.
Mayville mustered but a single hit and couldn’t find a way to stymie the L-Cats at the plate as Lake Mills scored in every frame but the third and fourth en route to a methodical 10-1 victory.
“We didn’t play a very good game,” Held said. “We’ve been playing really good defense all year so far, and tonight we didn’t. There were plays that we didn’t make in the infield and plays that we didn’t make in the outfield that weren’t errors but they’re plays that we’ve got to make.
“But if we make those plays, we still only had one hit — and you’re not going to win many games with one infield hit.”
That hit was by McLaine Ebner, who made Lake Mills pay for back-to-back walks with a two-out RBI single to cut the Cardinals’ deficit to 4-1 in the third inning.
But after keeping Lake Mills (8-3) at bay in the top of the fourth, Mayville (5-5) went 1-2-3 in the bottom half and the L-Cats tacked on two more in the fifth on a wild pitch and a two-out single to right field.
The Cardinals then wasted cleanup batter Matt Adamavich’s leadoff walk in the bottom of that frame and were set down in order for their final nine outs — with six of the nine coming via strikeout.
Mayville struck out nine times in all, five times looking.
“They weren’t walking guys,” Held said, “so you’ve got to up there looking to hit.”
Lake Mills jumped out to the early four-run cushion — all four were unearned against Mayville starter Hunter Herpel — with one in the first and three in the second. And Spencer Hans was responsible for three of the four runs, hitting a one-out double and scoring on an error in the opening frame and then hitting a two-out, two-run double to cap the next inning.
It was a good showing by the L-Cats and one to forget by the Cardinals, whose combined walks and hits (five) barely outnumbered their errors in the field (four).
Held, though, mostly chalked it up to being just one of those days.
“Lake Mills is a nice team. Today they were better than us, clearly,” he said. “Are they better than us every day? I don’t know.
“But today they were.”
LAKE MILLS 10, MAYVILLE 1</&hspag3>
Lake Mills 130 022 2 — 10 11 1
Maville 001 000 0 — 1 1 4
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-k): LM — Hunter Buechel (W, 3-1-0-3-3), Riley Zirbel (2-0-0-1-3), Nick Carpenter (2-0-0-0-4). May — Hutner Herpel (L, 3.2-5-0-1-4), Joseph Adamson (2.1-5-4-4-0), Jimmy Held (1-1-0-2-1).
Leading hitters (two or more hits): Spencer Hans (LM) 3x4, Adam Mitchell (LM) 2x4, Harley Jones (LM) 3x3. 3B: Carpenter. 2B: Hans 2. RBIs: Sam Giombetti (LM) 1, Buechel 1, Hans 2, Mitchell 2, Zirbel 1, Jones 1, McLaine Ebner (May) 1.