SPRING GREEN - The Flying Arrows picked up their first conference win of the season last Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over host River Valley, who fell to 2-2 with the loss.
It was a big win for a young Lancaster team, as the Blackhawks are coming off a season in which they went 22-7 a year ago and played in the division 2 state semifinals.
After three innings of play last Tuesday night, the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie, but in the bottom of the fourth the Blackhawks took advantage of two Lancaster errors to take a 2-0 lead.
The Arrows came back in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 on an RBI single from sophomore Jordan Reuter that scored senior Nic Wood, followed by an RBI double from junior Larry Moore to score Reuter.
After seven innings of action, the two teams remained tied at 2-2, which called for an extra inning of play to decide a winner.
In their half of the eighth inning, Lancaster junior Quinten Kreul started things off by reaching base on a dropped third strike. He was then thrown out at second on a bunt attempt by sophomore Evan Straka, who later stole second.
With Straka on second and one out, fellow sophomore John Wagner laced an RBI single up the middle to score Straka for the winning run.
Defensively in the bottom of the eighth inning, Straka jumped to deflect a hard liner at third base and caught the ball with his bare hand for the first out.
“That was a huge out because it would have been a single, if not a double, to lead off the inning,” said Lancaster coach Rick Place.
Each team finished the game with six hits and two errors, while Reuter led the Arrows with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with one run scored and one RBI.
Picking up the win on the mound was Moore, who in eight complete innings, allowed one earned run off six hits, while striking out seven batters and walking four.
“It all starts with pitching, and Larry was dealing tonight,” said coach Place. “Larry threw 70-percent of his pitches for strikes and only allowed five hits, and four walks.”
“He finished the night by striking out the last batter of the game with runners on first and second,” Place added. “It was his best outing of the year, as he was hitting his spots and keeping hitters off balance.”
On the following Friday night, the Flying Arrows ran up against a tough pitcher in Dodgeville’s Cody Sullivan, who limited Lancaster to just two hits in an 11-0 shutout loss in five innings.
The visiting Dodgers scored runs in every inning, and finished with 12 hits, scoring five runs in the first to open the game.
Taking the loss on the hill for Lancaster was Tanner Reuter, who in four innings surrendered nine earned runs off 10 hits, while walking one batter.
Kreul pitched one inning, giving up one earned run off two hits, striking out one batter.
In non-conference action this past Monday evening, the Flying Arrows defeated visiting Cuba City, 5-1.
Lancaster got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Tanner Reuter scored on and RBI double from younger brother Jordan, who later scored on a wild pitch.
Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Drew Reuter scored on a fielder’s choice hit by John Wagner, giving Lancaster a 3-0 lead.
Cuba City scored their lone run in the top of the fourth, and Lancaster added two more in the fifth when Larry Moore scored on an RBI single from Evan Straka, and Quinten Kreul scored on an RBI single by Wagner.
Picking up the win on the mound was Kreul, who in three innings allowed one earned run off two hits, while striking out three batters and walking two.
Following this past Tuesday night’s game at Richland Center, the Flying Arrows will be at Platteville on Friday night.
Lancaster 3, River Valley 2
(from Tuesday, April 26)
Lancaster 000 020 01 - 3 6 2
River Valley 000 200 00 - 2 6 2
Leading hitters - L: Jordan Reuter 2x4. 2B - Larry Moore (L). W - Larry Moore (8IN,6H,1ER,7K,4BB). L - Alt (2IN,1H,1ER,1K,1BB). Other pitchers - RV: Cady (6IN,5H,0ER,5K,3BB).
Dodgeville 11, Lancaster 0
(from Friday, April 29)
Dodgeville 521 12 - 11 12 1
Lancaster 000 00 - 0 2 2
Leading hitters - D: Hellman 3x3, Bockhop 3x3. 2B - Sullivan (D). W - Sullivan (5IN,3H,0ER,4K,0BB). L - Tanner Reuter (4IN,10H,9ER,0K,1BB). Other pitchers - L: Quinten Kreul (1IN,2H,1ER,1K,0BB).
Lancaster 5, Cuba City 1
(from Monday, May 2)
Cuba City 000 100 0 - 1 2 3
Lancaster 201 020 x - 5 7 0
2B - Jordan Reuter (L), Larry Moore (L), Quinten Kreul (L). W - Quinten Kreul (3IN,2H,1ER,3K,2BB). L - McVay (3IN,2H,1ER,3K,3BB). Other pitchers - CC: Hartl (3IN,5H,2ER,2K,0BB); L: Drew Reuter (2IN,0H,0ER,2K,1BB), Evan Straka (2IN,0H,0ER,2K,0BB).