Cardinals slug away and hand Longhorns first loss of season

PAC Baseball
By Joe Ostrica

Lutheran West may have thought they had an easy win coming to town when the Longhorns baseball team hosted Brookside in a Patriot Athletic Conference. After all, the Cardinals were just 2-9 overall while Lutheran West was dominating the PAC and sitting on a perfect 9-0 record, including 7-0 in PAC play.
The Cardinals came out swimming from the get-go and getting on base. Brookside scored two runs in the first inning and four in the third as they handed Lutheran West a 6-3 loss in a five-inning contest that was called early due to thunderstorms.
“We hit the ball early on, jumping out to an early lead,” Brookside head coach Brad Bomback said. “We also played very well in the field. We did have a couple errors, but we minimized our mistakes, something that I have been preaching all season.”
Tim Ackerman batted 2-for-2 for the Cards, with a double and three RBIs. He also had a unique hit in the early going of the game.
“Tim Ackerman had a first inning blast off the upper wall of the school building. A home run is on the roof of the school,” Bomback said. “I think we all thought it would be gone. Tim did, too, and ended up with only a double, but it really got the team going.”
Alex Vroman pitched all five innings for Brookside. While Lutheran West got a lot of his, Vroman and his defense were able to hold the slugging Longhorns to just three runs.
“Alex Vroman pitched a great game,” Bomback said. “He didn’t strike out a lot of guys, but he hit his spots and got guys to pop out or ground out when needed.”
The victory was a a big win for Brookside, which has been struggling most of the season, both in PAC play and nonconference action. The Cardinals improved to 3-9 overall and 2-5 in the PAC after the big upset victory.
“The team was very happy (with the win),” Bomback said. “When asked in a previous game who we were playing next the boys responded Lutheran West. They were told we were going to get crushed. I believe the boys really took this to heart and wanted to prove something. I’m glad they did
“A win like this is definitely a confidence booster. Our season has been a little rough in the hitting and error departments, so this was a positive step in the right direction. I told my boys this should be the first game of the rest of our season, a new beginning, a building point and a place to gain momentum in the PAC.”
Alex Robinson and Scott Berghaus led the Longhorns with two hits apiece. Lutheran West dropped to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the PAC.
“Lutheran West is a great team,” Bomback said. “They hit the ball well and played solid defense. I commend them on a great season.”


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