Goshen’s defensive struggles continue, fall to Luverne 13-2

Published 10:01 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014

By Devin Smith

For The Messenger

On a windy Tuesday afternoon in Goshen the Eagles weren’t able to keep up with the bats of the Luverne Tigers, falling by a score of 13-2.

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The Eagles came out strong in the first inning and matched a Luverne run in the opening frame with a run of their own, however things would begin to unravel for Goshen in the second.

The problems began for Goshen after pitcher Ty Witherington dropped a high fly ball that allowed the Tigers to load the bases and eventually widen the gap 3-1.

Witherington would finish the day with five innings pitched while allowing eight runs and a pair of strikeouts for the day.

The runs began rolling in for Luverne beginning in the fifth inning as three of the first four batters found their way back to home plate, but Goshen did not go down quietly.

The Eagles went down by 10 in the top of the sixth before showing some resiliency and getting another run with an RBI from Josh Barron to force the game into the seventh.

Despite the final score head coach Robby Kinsaul was optimistic about his teams performance against a talented Tigers squad and saw some improvements in their play.

“Well when you have younger team without a lot of experience go up against an older group of guys this is the kind of thing that can happen,” Kinsaul said. “But they came out and played well for the most part, we just let a few plays get away from us and that had a big impact on the outcome of the game.”

One particular area that he noticed his team was making strides was at the plate, where they were able to make a lot of contact but unable to translate that into hits and runs.

The game was scheduled to be the first of a double-header, but due to the cold weather and fierce winds the second game was called off.

Goshen will be back in action on Friday as they host McKenzie High School at 4:00 p.m.