by Blake Cowell
The Musketeers traveled to play the Valmeyer Pirates in their second and final matchup of the season on April 24. The Musketeers were in for a rough game from the very start. The Pirates’ hitting has done exceptionally well up to this point in the season and that trend did not stop in this contest. The Pirates’ left-handed heavy lineup showed an extremely good ability to hit the ball the opposite way, and to do it with authority.
The only run scored by the Musketeers came in the fourth inning. Griffin Ziebold hit a sharp ground ball to the Valmeyer third baseman. The base runner on third, Blake Cowell, broke for the plate in an attempt to score. However, the third baseman’s throw bounced in the dirt and hit the bat that was laying on the ground. This caused the ball to ricochet off the bat and allow Cowell to score. The Musketeers only tallied two hits in the entire game, and fell 11-1 to the Pirates.
The next day the Musketeers traveled to Pinckneyville to take on the Panthers. Again, the Musketeers struggled to hit the ball. Struggling to hit the ball hard and in the gaps. The Musketeers sent Blake Cowell to the mound and he did not pitch well in this contest. He struggled to control his offspeed pitches and use them effectively. He also struggled with throwing strikes when they mattered most and slow down the running game for the Panthers when they reached base.
The Musketeers did not score until the bottom of the sixth inning when Griffin Ziebold hit a triple to deep right center field. He was brought in to score on a Thomas White laser single to right field. This would be the only damage the Musketeers could do on offense as they lost the game 5-1.
The offense would not sleep much longer when they traveled to Dupo to take on the Tigers. Cole Steibel took the mound in an attempt to get the Musketeers back on track, and he did just that.
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