May 11, 2011 by wcobserver
By Brent Harrison
GREENLAND- After Greenland and Lincoln were forced into a postponement tied at two in the 1-3A title game this Monday, Pirate Coach Lee Larkan was less than delighted with his team’s hitting performance through four innings of play. The Pirates had managed just a pair of hits, Larkan’s concerns quickly became delight when the contest resumed on Tuesday. The Pirates rattled off seven runs and posted as many hits including a pair of home runs in a 9-3 win to grab the top spot from the 1-3A conference in the regional beginning today in Lincoln.
The Pirates take to the diamond at 12:00 p.m. 12 pm on what day? to take on the No. 4 seed from the 1-4A Paris. A win in the opening round would pit Greenland against the winner of a (2) Charleston/ (3) Elkins matchup Saturday also at 12 p.m.
“We looked at too many [plates], hopefully we can fix that overnight,” Larkan said the Pirates performance with the bat on Monday.
What a difference twenty four hours can make.
“For whatever reason we came out a bit flat yesterday,” he said. “[Lincoln’s Cheyenne Vaughn] was throwing gas and I think that had a little bit to do with it. We wanted to be a little bit more aggressive today. We knew that whoever got off to the best start was probably going to win the game. We came out with the focus of wanting to swing the sticks well. Back to back doubles: that helps.”
Ryan Douchanois and Jordan Larkan picked up 2-baggers as the first two hitters for Greenland in its fifth when the game resumed. Larkan’s blast gave Greenland (17-3) a 3-2 cushion. With two outs, Austin Kulhawick laced a shot over the fence in right-center for a two-run home run and a 5-2 Pirate lead.
Kulhawick’s blast came as his fourth home run in three games at the district.
“I’m surprised that anything good ever happens,” Larkan said jokingly when questioned about his team’s quick offensive output when things restarted on Tuesday in the fifth inning. “We expect to hit the baseball. We had [numbers] two, three and four coming up, we were playing this like a three-inning game. We were leading off with our two-hole guy so we thought we could score some.”
Seth Partain reached on a bases on balls to begin the Greenland sixth. He advanced on a Robert Smith single, a Douchanois base hit brought home a run and made the score 6-2.
Greenland tallied in each of its last four at bats.
Catcher Darion Froud began the Pirate seventh with a solo shot off Lincoln’s Tyler Cummins. Dustin Oakes, who walked earlier in the inning scored on an error at first base. Kulhawick, who was hit by a pitch, rounded out the Pirate scoring as he plated on a Partain single.
Getting a seventh inning pitch up to Lincoln’s (17-6) Justin Carr, resulting in a solo shot, was the lone shortcoming Greenland’s Smith made on the mound. Smith gave up only a run and a pair of hits in four innings of work.
“[Smith] did a good job and that’s what we needed,” Larkan said. “He only threw ten pitches [Monday], we wouldn’t have brought him back if he threw many more. But he did a good job. They lit him up the first time we played, I reminded him of that before the game and he did a good job. That home run was my fault, we tried to to throw a little slow curve to [Carr]. He stayed back on it, he’s good: he’s very good.”
Greenland 000 231 3 – 9 9 1
Lincoln 002 000 1 – 3 5 3