VERO BEACH, Fla.â€”Defensive mistakes cost the Waubonsee Chiefs in their 2010 season opener as they fell 14-6 to Team Ontario on the historic grounds of Holman Stadium at the Dodgertown complex.
Waubonsee officially made six errors that led to seven unearned runs. However, the Chiefs also misplayed a few other balls during the course of the 9-inning contest, played on the former Spring Training home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 50 years.
Robert Mrozinski led Waubonseeâ€™s offense by going 3-for-3 with a double, a run batted in and two stolen bases. Carlos Rivera also doubled and scored twice, while Camden Decker and Henry Duque each smacked doubles in the loss. Starting pitcher Chris Jordan deserved a better fate, allowing only three earned runs over four innings of work. The sophomore struck out four and walked just one. Mike Hoffman also tossed four innings and surrendered four earned runs, while Jesse Pena threw a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
PALM BAY, Fla. â€”The Chiefs committed four costly errors in a 7-4 loss to Fergus Falls (MN.) Community College at the Palm Bay Regional Park Complex. Waubonseeâ€™s miscues led to five unearned runs for the Spartans in the night time contest, offsetting 16 strikeouts by Chiefsâ€™ pitchers.
Randy Niles struck out seven and yielded only one earned run, yet left the game with Waubonsee trailing 6-2 in the fourth inning.
The right-hander also walked five and hit other hitters while giving up four hits. Tyler Lobdell came on in relief and struck out eight, walked three, gave up only two hits and one earned run over four innings of work.
Meanwhile the Chiefs offense managed just seven hits, all singles, while leaving nine runners on base. Ryan Adams went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored to lead Waubonsee hitters. Carlos Rivera finished the game 2 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base.