Prep Baseball Report

PBR Spotlight Game: Game 2 between No. 34 Pickerington North and Lakota West

By Matt Wallisa

After Pickerington North took the first game of the double header with a convincing victory, the Lakota West Firebirds responded with a 6-0 victory of their own. 

In game two, Lakota West turned the ball over to freshman hurler Austin Allinger. The highly touted youngster did not disappoint as he pitched a complete game. Allinger's fastball sat at 81 mph. However, it was his curveball, which sat at 71 mph, that kept the Pickerington North offense off balance throughout the game. In addition, he used a 69 mph changeup.

On the other hand, Pickerington North starter Cameron Huey did not fair as well. The senior recorded one inning of work before failing to retire a batter in the second inning of the game. Losing his command, Huey walked five batters and allowed five runs. Hi's fastball was clocked at 79 mph, while his curveball registered at 67 mph and his change up around 65 mph. 

With excellent discipline at the plate and a lack of command from Huey, the Lakota West offense managed to score five runs while only generating one hit in the second inning. 

After walks to junior Mike Anderson and sophomore Grant Schuermann, senior Kenton Levay delivered an RBI base hit that would make it first and third and give Lakota the 1-0. After three consecutive wake to junior AP Novak, freshman Austin Allinger, and junior Matt Anderson, the Firebirds extended their lead to 3-0.  

Eventually, Coach Thomas made a call to the bullpen as sophomore Justin Childers came in to relieve Huey. However, he could not close the door as two more runs scored as senior Zak Farmer walked with the bases loaded and senior Troy Dombart advanced by an error.

Lakota would only score one more run during the game when senior Michael Seaman hit an RBI single to score junior Mike Anderson, who reached base via a walk earlier in the inning. 

This stretched the lead to 6-0, and Lakota West never looked back as they split the Saturday double header with Pickerington North.