BY MIKE URSERY
Senior Robby Robinson threw 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball in the Fayette (1-5) Falcons’ 12-5 loss to the Sturgeon Bulldogs (7-0) on April 17.
Robinson struck out five in his time on the mound against Sturgeon. He allowed one unearned run.
“He was dominant,” head coach Garth Menees said. “It’s the best outing he’s had this year. It’s his third time on the mound this season, and he’s getting better every time. He did what we thought he could do for the entire year, and he went out and did it against a good baseball team.”
Robinson left the mound with one out in the fourth inning, after throwing 45 pitches, and was relieved by Freshman Cale Polson.
.Menees said that pitch counts were limited for his pitchers in the game because Fayette will play in the Lewis and Clark Tournament this week, beginning on April 19.
“We’re going to be a very, very competitive team for our conference,” Menees said. “Now, we weren’t trying to throw this game away. We wanted to be competitive, as well. We just knew it would be a little bit tougher, knowing that going into the weekend.”
Fayette held a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
The Falcons loaded the bases with no outs with three consecutive singles.
Freshman Jack Kindle led off the inning with an infield single. The Sturgeon second baseman couldn’t field the bad hop, and Kindle reached safely.
Junior Joe Geha followed, and hit a hard grounder to short. The shortstop couldn’t cleanly field the ball, and both runners were safe.
Senior Mason Stornello followed Geha in the order and hit a single to shallow left field to load the bases.
Later in the inning, with two outs, Kindle ran home from third base on a wild pitch to tie the score 1-1.
Robinson hit a single to centerfield that scored Geha and gave Fayette a 2-1 lead.
Sturgeon took advantage of several Falcon errors, and were able to build a 12-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Fayette scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Ross Hudson led off the inning and reached base on a Sturgeon fielding error.
Kindle followed Hudson in the order in the seventh inning and hit another infield single. Hudson was safe at second base. He later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 12-3.
Geha drew a walk. With Stornello batting, Geha stole second base. With the throw going to second base from the catcher, Kindle was able to steal home, making it a 12-4 game.
Senior Aaron Wilder and freshman Quess Frerking also had hits in the inning.
Junior Nick Lembke entered the game as a pinch runner and scored on a wild pitch.
Fayette will play No. 1 seed Scotland County on April 19 at 10 a.m. at Howard Hills Recreational Park in Moberly.
Howard Hills Recreational Park is located at 2002 West Highway 24.
Fayette’s next game after April 19 will be played on April 22. The time and opponent are to be determined.