Grand slam homer sinks Lake Shore, 8-6

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Lake Shore (0-1) fell to Lake Catholic of Mentor, Ohio, 8-6, Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at The Ripken Experience Training Center.

The game was scoreless into the fourth inning when Lake Catholic’s Dave Posipanka launched a grand slam home run over the center field fence.

“It was a strange game,” Lake Shore head coach Bob Kowal said. “They didn’t have a base runner for the first couple of innings, they got a couple of scratch hits and a kid hit a grand slam. We outhit them 14-9, but we had a couple of double plays early and we just couldn’t hit in the clutch.”

The Cougars added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth for a 6-0 lead, before the Eagles’ bats woke up against Lake Catholic starting pitcher Keith Boslett.

Lake Shore used a five-run fifth to cut the Lake Catholic lead to 6-5, and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Christ Conley double that scored Billy Pinter.

Conley stole second, but the Eagles were unable to take advantage of having a runner on third with one out.

“The key was (Boslett) only walked one,” Kowal said. “He gave up a lot of hits, but he spread them out. We had a hit every inning until the seventh when we went down in order.”

Jim Barry suffered the loss on the hill, as he tossed an inning in relief and allowed two runs on as many hits. Conley went the first five innings, and allowed six runs – five earned – on six hits, as he struck out two and walked one. Ryan Joslyn tossed the seventh and surrendered a hit and a walk.

Conley led the Eagles at the plate, as he stroked three hits and collected a pair of RBIs. Also for Lake Shore, Billy Pinter, Matt Brzozowiec, Matt Kardach and Tyler Freeman (double) all had two hits and an RBI in the loss.

“I know we have a ways to go,” Kowal said. “But there will be six different times that we’ll play, so the teams we’ll play next week – if we play them – will only have one or two (games played), so (the trip) has been well worth it.”