Kaiser, Mo. - In a battle between two district and Tri-County rivals, the Osage Indians hosted the Eldon Mustangs as part of their Cancer Awareness Night on Monday, April 8.
Despite holding a 4-2 lead after four innings, Osage couldn't stop Eldon's comeback, as the Mustangs poured on 12 runs over the next three innings to win 14-6.
We're a pretty resilient team," Coach Broc Silvers of Eldon said. "We're a young team, and for some reason, we seem to play better after the first couple of innings."
Maybe it is the combination of the team's youth and experience, with a strong mix of sophomores and juniors playing alongside the seniors which somehow allows the Mustangs to bounce back from deficits.
Joseph Limbach started on the mound for the Mustangs, while Tori Thompson pitched first for the Indians.
Eldon struck first, scoring a run in the first inning, but the Indians quickly answered with an RBI single by Bates and another two runs sent home by Taylor Margetts' hit to left field for a 3-1 lead.
Eldon would go a quick three-and-out in the next inning, allowing Osage to further their lead with an RBI single by Rossman.
The third inning yielded no runs for either team, though both teams' bats went to work, landing runners on base.
Eldon finally found a way to score in the fourth inning to trail 4-2 after Skylar Yakich's single allowed Aaron Hill to score.
In the bottom of the fourth, it was Osage's turn to go three-and-out at the plate.
Osage has had trouble this season with maintaining their lead over the course of their last few games, and in this match-up, errors once again proved the difference as the Indians finished the game with 10 errors, eight of which came from throws.
"It's been the story of our last six games," Coach David Flaspohler said. "We get to cruising along, and then we lose it. Our errors are killing us. We just seem to freeze, and make mental errors."
Clinging to a 4-2 lead, Osage could not stem the tide, as Eldon's bats went to work in the fifth. With bases loaded, Osage errors on one play gave up three runs, after which Eldon batted in another two runs to retake the lead with a score of 7-2.
Osage would answer, scoring three runs for a two-run deficit. In the sixth inning, Eldon would tack on another four runs on Osage errors for an 11-5 lead.
Eldon then finished the Indians off with another three runs in the top of the seventh, while allowing just one run to Osage in their final at bat, with Eldon finishing the game with a 14-6 win over the Indians.
Page 2 of 2 - "After the fourth inning, we talked with the boys, telling them to quit being so picky when batting," Silvers said. "After that, we just fed off of each other. Everything just worked well, and we didn't have a lot of errors. Being aggressive at bat worked well and we got a win."
As for Osage, Coach Flaspohler is still optimistic.
"They are capable of playing at a high level," Flaspohler said. "They can be good; we just need to take care of the ball and take it one day at a time."