5 errors Doom Rutherford in 7-1 loss
The Rutherford County offense was limited to just three hits and one run by six Delaware pitchers in a 7-1 loss at the World Series in Taylor, Michigan.
Six of those runs were unearned, thanks to five Rutherford County errors.
“You can’t have five errors and win baseball games,” Rutherford County manager Curtis Snethen said. “It happens in baseball sometimes, but that can’t happen in big games. There will be regrets tonight.”
Adam McDowell got off to a great start on the mound for Rutherford County, retiring the side on just eight pitches.
Rutherford County (1-2) mounted a threat in the bottom half with two outs. Josh Searcy doubled and McDowell walked, but Searcy was caught in a pickle to end the inning.
An error by Landon Fagan loaded the bases for Delaware, but McDowell induced a ground ball off the bat of Jeffrey Englemann to escape the jam. They weren’t so lucky in the third as an error led to a pair of unearned runs on a double by Andrew Emory. Nate Hardcastle followed with a RBI single of his own as Rutherford County fell in a 3-0 hole.
Rutherford County got one of those runs back in their next at bat. Cameron Snethen reached to lead off the inning on a dropped fly ball. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Levi Parks.
After another error made the tally 4-1, Rutherford County pinch hitter Clint Condrey reached third, but Cameron Snethen lined to first for the third out.
Searcy tried to get things started in the Rutherford fifth as he lined a singled to centerfield, but McDowell rolled into a 6-4-3 double play to kill the momentum.
Emory scored Delaware’s fifth run in the sixth on a passed ball and Hardcastle garnered a two-run single in their final at bat as the deficit grew to 7-1.
Rutherford County did manage a base runner in the bottom of the seventh as Sam McArthur was hit by a pitch, but Keaton Snethen grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Joey Daigle then grounded out to account for the 7-1 final.
Rutherford County has a day off Wednesday before they wrap up pool play Thursday versus Corpus Christi, Texas. Rutherford County still has a slim chance of making the semi-finals.
“We need teams to finish 2-2 now,” Snethen said. “All we can do is win Thursday and see what happens.”
First pitch is set for 2 PM.