The Lone Tree Lions had a tough day at the plate in Saturday’s state baseball quarterfinal with Gehlen Catholic.
The Lions lost 3-0, and only had a hit in the loss, but had a lot of runners on base.
The game started out how Lone Tree would like, two on off walks, and then a sacrifice bunt by Ty Schillerstrom moved them into scoring position for the leading hitter Ty Robertson, but neither he nor Erik Murry could get a hit, stranding two in the top of the first. The Jays broke through for their first run in the first off of a lead off walk, and then a couple of errors led to two runners on in scoring position, and Brady Heying swung on for the RBI single that gave the Jays the 1-0 lead.
Gehlen Catholic pitcher Blake Wiltgen took a no-hitter into the fifth with two outs before a slow roller down the line from Jovonte Squires went as a hit. It was the only hit of the ball game for Lone Tree.
The Jays scored in the third and the fourth to make it 3-0, while Lone Tree left five runners on throughout the game.
Head coach Steve Gibson said his team did what he asked of them at the state tournament, and despite a tough game, he was proud of them.
“I had two objectives for this team: one was to just take in the whole state experience, and have fun with it, and they did that; and the other one was I wanted them to compete, and show up, and play a ball game, and they did that too,” Gibson said. “I thought we showed up ready to play, and we competed. We just got beat by a better team today.”
Lone Tree had one hit from Squires who was 1-1 with two walks. Murry went six innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, all earned, walked two, struck out two and hit one batter.
Lone Tree ends their season at 21-7 on the season.
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