Baseball loses heart breaker in semi-finals
The Varsity baseball team did the unthinkable last week, and won their first round playoff game against Ripon in dominant fashion with a 15-7 victory. However the Rams in the same week in the first game of the semi-final 2 out of 3 series against Hilmar, the Rams lost their first game 6-0. The Rams were devastated by this loss, but were still in the hunt to advance to the section championship.
In game one of the series the Rams made too many errors, ad did not execute on key moments in the game. In the first inning Hilmar scored three runs, two of which were runs scored on an outfield error. Despite losing, the Rams were convinced they could climb back into the game especially after their strong victory over Ripon. The Rams though just couldn’t pull it together and would get little to no hitting in the game. The Rams did get runners on base, and in the 5th inning down 0-3 the Rams had bases loaded with two outs. The Rams couldn’t get any runners across the plate and ended up scoreless for the game losing 6-0.
The Rams knew they were the better team, but costly errors, and lack of execution cost the Rams game on of the best out of three series. The
Rams though came back very strong in game two of the series, with their ace pitcher Chris Rost. Rost pitched seven great innings in which he only gave up 5 hits and one run. The Rams also lit up the Hilmar ace and scored 7 runs on 10 hits. The Rams bats came alive in game two and would force a game 3 to decide who would advance to the final game for the section championship.
In game three the Rams threw Nathan Karber who has had signs of dominance all year long on the mound. Karber did just what the Rams hoped he would do, and dominate the Hilmar Hillman. Despite Karber’s dominance on themound the Rams bats couldn’t support Karber’s assault and the game would remain tied at 0-0. In the third inning the Hillman managed to get a runner on second.With two errors the Hillman got runners on, with 1 out. The Rams defense cost Karber two unearned runs, as the Hillman took a 2-0 lead.
The Rams weren’t discouraged though the Rams would start to attack the Hilmar pitcher and begin a assault of their own. The Rams with no outs had men on 2nd and 3rd; but the Rams couldn’t get any runners but one to cut the lead in half 1-2. The Rams list a big opportunity to take the lead and possibly finish off the Hillman.
Instead of pitching with a lead, Karber was still down, and was pitching with a defecate. Karber kept pitching an amazing game, and he never let up on the Hillman.
Then in the top of the 7th inning the Rams had just one more shot to get back into the game. With a walk, the Rams had a runner on with 2 outs. Two wild pitches by the pitcher advanced the runner to third base, and with two out the tying runner was on third. The Rams though couldn’tget the runner in and instead of a Dixon celebration; the Hilmar Hillman celebrated in success instead.
The Rams were devastated by this loss, because the Rams were so close to a victory over the Hillman. This is the first team in over 20 years that the baseball team has advanced so deep into the playoffs. The school and the town should be very proud of their boys, because they gave everything they had into this heart breaking loss.
The Rams 2012 team proved to be a memorable one; a team that did the unthinkable, and who fought to the very end.