The Newburg baseball team (0-13) traveled to Cavalry Lutheran for a non-conference matchup on Thursday, April 20. The Wolves struggled to get their bats off their shoulders, leading to an 11-1 loss in five innings.
Newburg got off to a solid start in the top of the first inning, but they failed to add any offense afterwards. The Wolves scored their lone run of the game in the first when Trey Gaedke scored off the bat of Travis McWilliams. Newburg only managed two hits on the day with Gaedke and Ryker Travis collecting the only hits in the first.
After that it was all Calvary Lutheran. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first before adding one in the third, five in the fourth and finishing the game with two more in the fifth. Travis started the game on the mound and all 11 runs were charged to him, but only five of those runs were earned. Those unearned runs came on the back of four errors by the Wolves. He allowed 12 hits, while walking one and striking out four in four and a third innings of work. McWilliams finished the fifth inning, allowing one hit and one walk.
Newburg struck out 11 times at the plate, in large part due to players looking at strikes. Head coach Matt Bailey wants to see his players get more aggressive at the plate.
"We just didn't have a good approached at the plate tonight too many guys were looking to walk and we became complacent," said coach Bailey. "We didn't swing the bats and we didn't look aggressive at all with the bats and as a result we ended up getting struck out 11 times. We have to hit the ball better and make teams make plays to get us out."
While the varsity lost in five, the JV pulled out a 6-2 victory. Next up for the Wolves is a trip to Cuba on Monday, April 24.