Chiefs baseball gets started

By on March 19, 2009

The Waubonsee Community College Chiefs picked up their first win of the season by splitting a doubleheader against Dakota County Technical College from Minnesota at the brand new Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. A Chiefs’ rally fell short in a 5-3 loss in the opener before Waubonsee held on for an 8-6 victory over the Blue Knights, ranked 10th nationally in the NJCAA’s Division III pre-season poll.

The first game was knotted at two until Dakota County erupted for three runs in the fifth inning. Waubonsee (1-7), which left nine runners on base for the game, loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with only one out and a run in. However, the Chiefs potential rally was thwarted with a strike out and a ground out to end the game. Jared Emmons (Fr./LaPorte, Ind.) took the loss in relief of starter Ryan Wagner (So./Marmion). Mike Ray (So./Sycamore) went 2 for 3, with a double and run-scoring single in the first inning. Jerry Hernandez (So./Aurora West) also went 2 for 3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Mitch Vella (So./Aurora Christian) earned his first collegiate victory by scattering five hits over four and a third innings. The left-hander was charged with five runs, of which only two were earned. In the seventh Dakota County then staged a late rally, pushing across a run and loading the bases after two were out and none on. Camden Decker (Fr./Waubonsie Valley) came on in relief of Hernandez and coaxed a groundout to short to end the threat and earn his first save.

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