The William Chrisman baseball team has had a rough go of it as of late.
One day after falling to Liberty North 20-0, the Bears stumbled against a Suburban Middle Six foe Oak Park in a 17-4 loss Wednesday at home.
“Yesterday, we threw a couple of guys out there who haven’t pitched before,” Chrisman coach Miles Shelton said. “We needed them to pitch because we had conference games this week. Our pitchers have to be better in the zone. You can’t keep walking batters. Our defenders behind us have to make plays. I told our guys that we have to be better.”
Walks haunted Chrisman starting pitcher Matt Miller, who picked up the loss as he issued seven in the first three innings. The Northmen scored three runs in the first two innings on bases-loaded walks.
In the third inning, Oak Park began to break the game open. Melendez Lopez came in relief of Miller and could not stop the bleeding. Three straight singles, including Peyton Cassity’s two-run bloop single to right field, made it 5-0. A dropped throw at first base led to another Oak Park run. Seth Madsen’s RBI groundout and Michael Martinez’s two-run single made it 9-0 by inning’s end.
In the bottom of the third, it looked like Chrisman might be able to slowly battle back.
Connor Yeisley walked and Lucas Alfrey doubled to deep center field to put runners at second and third with no outs. Alex Johnson scored Yeisley with a groundout and Alfrey crossed home plate when Miller reached on an infield error. Miller scored after he advanced to third on a grounder and took home on a bad throw.
The Bears (3-6, 1-3 conference) went into the fourth trailing 9-3 as they looked to chip away. But the Northmen quickly quashed any hopes of a comeback, putting up eight runs in the fourth inning. Hudson Leach slugged a three-run double off the center-field wall and Avery Donoho flared a two-run single to center to highlight the big inning.
Seth Gossett and Billy Ross led the Chrisman offense with three singles each.