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Hoosiers Scrap Out 11th Inning Win at Long Beach

On Long Beach Little League Day at Blair Field, there was some Little League defense early on as the two teams combined for six errors on the day. The game’s first two runs were unearned and a Long Beach State mental error helped set up the eventual game-winning run.

Indiana scored first in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber had been thrown out at the plate after he got a bad read at second base, initially breaking back on a Sam Travis line drive to right field. But Travis was able to score from second base on a ball hit in the deep 6-hole. Garrett Hampson ranged over to glove the ball and fired to first, but Ino Patron inexplicably muffed the catch at first base.

Another miscue by Schwarber allowed the Dirtbags to even it up in the sixth inning. Richard Prigatano led off with a single to right field, but Schwarber allowed the ball to scoot by him and Prigatano sauntered into third. He scored one batter later when Patron lined a single to even it up.

Long Beach State had a golden opportunity in the first inning when it had Hoosiers starter Will Coursen-Carr on the ropes. The Dirtbags got a single and three walks to load the bases (Hampson was picked off on a ball in the dirt) and Indiana head coach Tracy Smith had seen enough.

He made an early move to the bullpen, citing Coursen-Carr’s lack of aggressiveness as the reason. Here’s Smith after the game, talking about the win, his decision to have an early hook and what he liked about Harrison’s strong outing:

Luke Harrison came on and, despite falling behind in the count 3-0, got a fly out to end the threat. Harrison pitched 6.1 quality innings of relief, allowing only four hits and the one unearned run. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Long Beach State starting pitcher Andrew Rohrbach had the polar opposite outing as Coursen-Carr. Rohrbach went nine innings, allowing just five hits, no walks, and just the fourth inning unearned run.

Here is Rohrbach talking about his performance and trying to go one more inning, after the game:

But in the 11th inning, the Dirtbags bullpen couldn’t help cap Rohrbach’s strong outing. Kyle Friedrichs came on after a pair of relievers combined to open the inning with a hit batter and a walk. Indiana loaded the bases when no one covered first on a sacrifice bunt. Dustin DeMuth then drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.

The Dirtbags didn’t go down without a fight. Patron led off with a double over the centerfielder’s head and moved up to third on a groundout, but Long Beach couldn’t get the tying run home as Indiana closer Scott Effross froze Zack Domingues to end the game.

Here’s the top photos from CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling:

  • Scott Effross is stranding the tying run at third to end the game.
    Scott Effross strands the tying run at third to end the game. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Andrew Rohrbach didn't allow an earned run in nine innings.
    Andrew Rohrbach didn't allow an earned run in nine innings. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Sam Travis stands over Alex Bishop.
    Sam Travis stands over Alex Bishop. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Sam Travis slides in safely with Indiana's first run.
    Sam Travis slides in safely with Indiana's first run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Sam Travis is pointed home as he rounds third.
    Sam Travis is pointed home as he rounds third. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Alex DeGoti makes an off-balanced throw on a bunt.
    Alex DeGoti makes an off-balanced throw on a bunt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Casey Rodrigue goes up to catch a liner.
    Casey Rodrigue goes up to catch a liner. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Alex Bishop applies the tag at the plate to Kyle Schwarber.
    Alex Bishop applies the tag at the plate to Kyle Schwarber. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Kyle Schwarber after being called out at the plate.
    Kyle Schwarber after being called out at the plate. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Ino Patron gives Alex Bishop some love after a play at the plate.
    Ino Patron gives Alex Bishop some love after a play at the plate. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Will Coursen-Carr got an early mound visit and then an early hook.
    Will Coursen-Carr got an early mound visit and then an early hook. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson's dive back to first comes up short.
    Garrett Hampson's dive back to first comes up short. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Luke Harrison got out of a first inning jam and pitched 6.1 innings.
    Luke Harrison got out of a first inning jam and pitched 6.1 innings. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Colton Vaughn throws to first.
    Colton Vaughn throws to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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    (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Alex DeGoti throws out a hitter.
    Alex DeGoti throws out a hitter. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Dustin DeMuth fields a grounder.
    Dustin DeMuth fields a grounder. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • How can he see anything? Andrew Rohrbach takes a sign.
    How can he see anything? Andrew Rohrbach takes a sign. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Casey Rodrigue is congratulated by Casey Smith after scoring the go-ahead run.
    Casey Rodrigue is congratulated by Casey Smith after scoring the go-ahead run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Luke Harrison allowed four hits in 6.1 innings of relief.
    Luke Harrison allowed four hits in 6.1 innings of relief. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Casey Rodrigue makes a back-handed play up the middle.
    Casey Rodrigue makes a back-handed play up the middle. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Andrew Rohrbach can't catch a flip to first.
    Andrew Rohrbach can't catch a flip to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Casey Rodrigue fires to first.
    Casey Rodrigue fires to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Luke Harrison tries to catch a flip to first.
    Luke Harrison tries to catch a flip to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Kyle Friedrichs pitches in the 11th inning.
    Kyle Friedrichs pitches in the 11th inning. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Scott Donley takes off from first.
    Scott Donley takes off from first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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