In what turned out to be a quick four-pitch seventh inning for the Bison defense, Hot Springs junior pitcher Mason Van Bibber gets set to fire a pitch towards home plate as teammate Matt Wendland looks on from first base this past Sunday afternoon at Butler Park, versus Winner. (photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald)
HOT SPRINGS – Despite playing one of their best games of the season this Sunday afternoon, the Hot Springs Bison baseball team fell to Winner/Colome by a score of 6-11 at home in Butler Park. The game had been originally scheduled to be played in Winner, but due to nearly of foot of snow still on their field in the south-central part of the state, the game was moved to the beautiful Southern Black Hills.
After the first two innings of play, the game was tied 1-1 thanks to junior Mason Van Bibber driving in senior Andy Wendland for our first run in the bottom of the first. Winner Colome then went up 3-1 through three innings after Hot Springs misplayed a ball in the outfield, according to Hot Springs head coach Mike Remington.
Winner then collected the games biggest hit in the top of the fourth with a grand slam from Jackson Kinzer. They then added two more in the top of the fifth along with a solo run in the top of the sixth, to take an 11-1 lead.
“Our big inning came in the bottom of the sixth as we collected four runs on four hits including three doubles,” Coach Remington said. “Sebastian Alvarez-Carrero added a single run in the bottom of the seventh as he stole third and scored on the overthrow into left field.”
The Bison were led offensively by Wendland who hit 3-for-4 with three stolen bases. Van Bibber was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Brand Baker was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Gavin Heil was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs.
“As a team, we only walked four batters and had three errors which is a huge improvement,” Remington added. “Winner/Colome was a State Tournament team last year and they look to challenge for a bid once again this year. If we swing that bats aggressively like we did towards the end of the game we will produce some runs. We allowed their pitchers to get ahead in the count by taking too many fastballs down the middle. This gave the advantage to the pitcher and put our hitters into more of a defensive mode instead of an attacking, aggressive approach. I think they learned and improved as the game progressed.”