(Carroll) – CAM’s incredible season and several great careers were canceled on Monday thanks to the free pass. The Cougars (27-3) gave a New London patient group 13 free passes in a Class 1A state quarterfinal, dropping their first state tournament game in five years, 12- 3.
“It’s something we haven’t done,” CAM head coach Dan Daugherty said. “We gave them too many free passes, and they had a big two-out hit. They did that pretty much the whole game.
New London (29-1), who play in a State 1A semifinal on Wednesday against Newman Catholic, scored their first six runs with two outs to build an early lead they wouldn’t give up.
In the first, a walk, stolen base, wild pitch and pitch error led to a run. In the second, there were three walks, an inside single and Derek Santiago’s three-run double that netted four. The Tigers had two singles before a passed fly ball and wild pitch resulted in another run in the third.
“I took too many walks that day,” starting pitcher Lane Spieker said. “That’s all there was to it.”
Seven of New London’s nine batters have made at least one walk and four have had at least two walks or hit per pitch. The Tigers had nine hits, but they had five in the last two innings.
Meanwhile, CAM had its own two-out issues, offensively. Through the first four innings, the Cougars grounded five runners while New London built a five-run lead. Senior Joe Kauffman had a pair of hits, scoring a run on a two-out single in the third and then driving in two with a one-out single in the fifth.
“I could see the ball very well today,” Kauffman said. “They were throwing fastballs inside and out, and I was lining them up and hitting them.”
The Cougars appeared to be in the middle of one of their patent rallies in the fifth, but New London replaced Santiago with Joshua Catala, who quickly earned a strikeout and a pitch to end their biggest league threat. ‘afternoon.
Spieker struggled with the discipline of the New London roster for three innings, walking five, but he also struck out eight before giving way to Kauffman and Cade Ticknor, who combined to pitch the final three innings .
At plate, Kauffman was joined by Seth Hensley to finish with two hits while Colby Rich and Ethan Follmann had one hit each. Hensley, Spieker and Rich all scored one point each.
The loss also marked the final game of the careers of Follmann, Kauffman, Rich, Spieker and Ticknor.
“I know they’re disappointed,” Coach Daugherty said, “but we had a great run. Not just in baseball, but in all sports. They’re going to be tough to replace.”
In baseball, the senior class has won 90 games over the past four seasons. Many of them also contributed to a 21-win club in their summer of 8th grade.
“It was really fun putting on that CAM jersey,” Spieker added. “I didn’t expect today to be the last day to do this. I have to give credit to the fans (for coming out) (and the media) for covering us. I would have liked to be able to continue playing, but that’s the way it is. I am grateful for every moment.
Check out the full video interviews with Daugherty, Spieker and Kauffman below.