Macks Creek baseball drops games to Iberia and Lakeland

MICHAEL LOSCH, Lake Sun Sports Editor
Macks Creek's Grant English.

The tough sledding has continued for Macks Creek in its inaugural season of fall baseball. 

The Pirates visited Iberia Tuesday where they fell to the Rangers in an 8-0 shutout and the club also came up short at Lakeland on Thursday, falling 14-4, which puts the team at 0-11 on the year. 

Macks Creek managed just a single hit in the first matchup with Iberia that came from the bat of Preston Borgmeyer. That hit took place in the third inning where the team had the bases loaded but saw their scoring opportunities end with a pickoff at second base. Meanwhile, Grant English (0-3) was on the mound and he pitched six innings allowing two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five and walking one. The Pirates also had seven errors on the defensive end. 

"Defensively we had some early struggles but we made some adjustments and started making some plays," Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said. "If we can figure out a way to do this each night we will slowly start to find ourselves in games.

"We will again use the experience we gained tonight and keep moving forward."

Macks Creek got off to an encouraging start at Lakeland, plating three runs in the top of the first and extending the lead to 4-0 early in the second. However, the Vikings bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the second and that proved to be more than enough as the Pirate offense was shut down the rest of the way. The Vikings went on to add nine more runs for some insurance over the next four innings. 

English went 2-4 at the plate for Macks Creek at the plate, Ethan English hit a single and Tyler Newcomb drove in a run with a single of his own as the Pirates finished with just four hits overall. Trever Smith recorded an RBI in the offensive effort as well.

Smith (0-5) pitched four innings allowing eight runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out six and walking two batters. Kyler Gabriel pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing four runs, two earned, on two hits while striking out three and walking two. Ethan finished the rest in the sixth and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. 

"Offensively, we came out and put together some good at-bats at the start," Trusty noted. "We've made some small progress this fall and keep gaining experience with each at-bat situation. 

"Defensively, we are still working and making adjustments as well," the coach added after his young team recorded eight defensive errors. 

Macks Creek will play its home finale on Tuesday hosting Humansville at 5 p.m. before wrapping the fall up with a game at Crocker on Friday at the same time.