CAREY — An error-plagued sixth inning led to nine Van Buren runs that allowed the Black Knights to pull away for a 16-6 victory against Carey on Tuesday.
Carey (6-12) was close until then, trailing just 6-4 before the mistakes started adding up.
“We keep telling the kids you’ve got to play good defense,” Carey coach Joey Roark said. “You’ve got to make the routine plays. If you can’t make the routine plays, it turns into big innings and that’s just what happened. We’re 18 games in. There’s no excuse for it.”
The Blue Devils took a 3-1 lead after one inning, but the Black Knights (7-13) scored once in the second inning and twice in the third inning to gain a 4-3 advantage. Both teams tallied a run in the fourth inning and Van Buren added one in the fifth. Trailing 15-4 entering the bottom of the sixth, Carey stayed alive by scoring two runs, but it was not nearly enough.
Isaac Sexton had a huge day for Van Buren, going 5 for 6 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ross Adolph was 3 for 5 and scored three runs with an RBI, while Jameson Jacobs hit a solo home run in the first inning.
Bryce Mullholand went 2 for 2 with a two-run single in the first inning to lead Carey. Alex Naeyaert and Matt Holsing each had two hits in four-at bats with one RBI apiece. Holsinger doubled and scored a run.
Satchel Strahm (3-2) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs, suffering the loss. Zane Kieffer was the winning pitcher.
Carey travels to North Baltimore for a game at 5 p.m. today.
Score by innings
Van Buren 112 119 1 — 16
Carey 300 102 0 — 6
WP: Kieffer; LP: Strahm (3-2)
2B: Holsinger (C).
HR: Jacobs (VB).