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(Anita) CAM was eliminated from contention with an 8-7 loss against Madrid last night. The contest ended with the game-tying run being thrown out at the plate.


CAM trailed by two runs heading into the 7th inning and, down to their final out, had lone senior Michael Holste at the plate with runners at the corners. Holste delivered a double to left field that easily scored Marcus Daugherty from 3rd base and nearly scored Thomas Hensley from first. Hensley though was called out on a very close play at the plate to end the game.


Before the wild ending enfolded, it was an entertaining, close game the entire way. CAM struck first with a two run first inning. Michael Holste and Jared McKee both scored in the opening frame as McKee, Trace Ticknor, and Drew Ticknor all had hits in the opening frame. Starting pitcher Trace Ticknor struck out the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first before Madrid reeled off five straight runs in the inning to lead 5-2. Madrid took advantage of one hit batter, three hits, and three walks in the big first. From there they never trailed. Madrid's largest lead came in the 2nd inning when they scored one run on two hits to lead 6-2. CAM chipped away and made it a one-run game when they scored three in the third. With one out in the inning, Keegan Hosfeldt reached on an error, Drew Ticknor had a base hit, and Austin Chester loaded the bases with a walk.


Daugherty then brought in a run with a walk and Jerry Carr singled in another run with a hit to deep center field. Another run scored on an error, but CAM's opportunity to tie or take the lead in the third took a big hit when Chester was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball. Madrid extended their lead back up to two runs with a single tallie in the bottom of the third and went on top 8-5 with another run in the 4th.


Daugherty had a two out single in the 5th inning and scored on a Carr RBI double. That brought the game to within 8-6 which is where things held until the top of the 7th. Daugherty got on in the 7th with a one out hit and Hensley reached on a two out walk. That set the table for lone senior Michael Holste to deliver a big hit, which he did, but his double to left field resulted in the final out being thrown out at the plate.


CAM totalled 10 hits in the game had four walks and struck out 7 times against winning pitcher Mason Gibson of Madrid. Trace Ticknor battled for 6 innings on the hill for CAM. He surrendered 9 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 5. CAM's season ends at 8-15. Madrid improves to 12-14 and will get a rematch with Earlham on Thursday.


Click for the postgame with CAM coach Dan Daugherty



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