Plattsmouth defense falters in state tournament loss
OMAHA, Neb. - The usually sound Blue Devils defense wasn't present Saturday as Plattsmouth fell 7-0 to Omaha Roncalli in the opening round of the Class C state baseball tournament at Tal Anderson Field.
"Yeah, it definitely wasn't our best game defensively," Plattsmouth head coach Jim Olsen said of the his teams six-error performance.
The Crimson Pride (11-10) started the scoring in the second inning after striking out three times in the first inning against Plattsmouth ace Drew Iverson.
Cam Rohlfsen singled with one out which was followed by a hit-by-pitch. Then freshman Abel Jimenez Escobar singled down the right-field line to drive in two runs.
The ball got past right fielder TJ Fitzpatrick allowing Jimenez Escobar to scamper all the way to third. After a walk, Wyatt Yetter belted a ground-rule double over the left-center field wall to make it a 4-0 game.
Iverson tossed scoreless innings in the third, fourth and fifth innings to keep the Blue Devils (19-5) in the game, but fellow left-hander Jackson Urban continued to shut down the Plattsmouth hitters.
In the sixth, the Crimson Pride would grab three more runs after a crucial error in center field with two outs and the bases loaded--knocking Iverson out of the game.
Trailing 7-0, the Blue Devils bats continued to struggle as they went six up, six down in the sixth and seventh innings. Urban tossed a complete game shutout and Roncalli played a clean game defensively which was the difference.
Second basemen Jimenez Escobar was especially good on the infield making a number of tough plays. The bottom of the Roncalli lineup made for tough outs for the strong Plattsmouth pitching staff, too.
The Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters all reached base at least twice and scored five runs. Olsen said it was tough to have this type of performance at the state tournament saying everyone is extremely "disappointed".
But the veteran coach acknowledged the Blue Devils get another chance to play in Monday's losers bracket round and keep their season alive.
"As long as we're playing, we've got a chance," Olsen said. "These guys have bounced back before. They've gone on (win) streaks before. We've beaten a lot of good teams this year.
"Everyone here in the state tournament is good. And if you're going to win you've got to play good defense, pitch well and hit well. We just didn't do enough of that today."
Plattsmouth pitchers struck out 10 Roncalli batters, but the six errors on defense coupled with just two hits offensively was too much to overcome.
And as Olsen said, there are more good teams ahead. Plattsmouth will face either Central City/Fullerton/Centura (20-4) or Wayne (14-7) Monday at Fricke Field in an elimination game.
Omaha Roncalli (11-10): 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 3, 0 - 7, 6, 0
Plattsmouth (19-5) 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 - 0, 2, 6