Defense lets down Bulldogs
LINCOLN – Chatham Glenwood's baseball team is good enough on its own merits.
On Thursday, the Titans got some help.
Glenwood busted open a close game in the fifth inning and went on to an 11-1, six-inning victory against error-prone Mahomet-Seymour in a Class 3A sectional semifinal.
The Titans (29-5) benefited from a six-run inning in which they had three hits – and three M-S errors.
"Can't give them six errors," M-S coach Nic DiFilippo said of his team's total. "That's the difference in the game. You take those away and now you're looking at a great ballgame. We didn't bring it defensively."
Glenwood led 2-1 entering the fifth, but three errors and two walks greased the Bulldogs' skid.
"We just gave them a few plays here and there," M-S senior Bob Schroeder said. "It was a 2-1 game, and it got away from us. It was a team we could have beaten."
A two-out error led to Glenwood's first two runs in the opening inning. The Bulldogs cut the margin to 2-1 in the second on Jason Zeigler's RBI double, and it stayed that way until the fateful fifth.
M-S had committed 41 errors in 28 games entering Thursday.
"Which is significantly improved from last year," DiFilippo said. "We just took a step backward today."
Zeigler did good work on the mound, limiting Glenwood to three first-inning hits before the defensive meltdown.
"The score is not going to indicate what type of game it was," Glenwood coach Pat Moomey said. "Zeigler is going to be a good one; he already is a good one. I thought he had nasty stuff and we were very fortunate to find some holes and take some advantages in one inning, with some mistakes they made."
Schroeder's day at the plate was indicative of the Bulldogs' tough luck. He lined out to third base in his first trip, then ripped a liner back to the mound in his second at-bat.
"That's just baseball," he said. "It seems like we couldn't find a hole sometimes and they could."