Robert Chausse throws in a pitch in a 2-0 loss against St. Teresa at home in Mt. Zion.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion baseball team won one of its three games last week defeating Metamora, but losing to St. Teresa, St. Anthony and Chatham-Glenwood.
Against St. Teresa, the starting pitcher Robert Chausse started off with two strikeouts in the first inning and had a three up, three down first inning. Then offensively, the Braves started off the game with their lead off hitter Sam Driscoll hitting a double to the left-field gap.
Jackson Beiler was walked and would end up stealing a base, but the Braves couldn’t bring either runner to home plate. Chausse threw another strikeout and three up, three down second inning. The Brave got two base runners on in the inning off two errors, but left both runners stranded.
Chausse gave up his first hit in the third, but bounced back and added two more strikeouts. Beiler in the third inning got on base with a two-out single. Beiler then stole second base and Drew Hittmeier was issued a walk. Chausse hit into a fielder’s choice to end the third inning.
St. Teresa got their first of two runs in the top of the fourth. Cameron Knapik crushed a home run to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. The Bulldogs would end up taking the win 2-0, while only allowing two hits. Chausse threw all seven innings for the Braves and ended up with seven strikeouts, allowing four hits.
“I don’t think we played poorly,” Head coach JD Arnold said. “I don’t think we swung the bats particularly well and didn’t string good at bats together. We had an opportunity in I think the first, second, third inning to get ahead and kind of put the game away and we didn’t do it.
The Braves improved to 9-4 overall. This week the Braves will face Bloomington, Teutopolis and Mattoon.