LORAIN — Home cooking hasn’t tasted too good for the Lorain County Ironmen this season.
The team lost for the eighth time in 10 games inside the friendly confines of The Pipe Yard on Sunday, scratching out just three hits and not moving a runner as far as third base just once in a 5-0 loss to Butler in Prospect League action.
Lorain County (7-10) heads out for a four-game road trip having lost three games in a row at home. Of its next 13 games, 11 will be on the road.
“It’s kind of weird but we might be one of those teams that travel well,” Ironmen coach Joe Rhomberg said. “For some reason we just don’t get it done at home. The kids say they like playing here and it hasn’t been that many games so you don’t really know if there’s anything behind it or not. We haven’t been showing up to play at home.”
Lorain County starter Logan Landon pitched well, allowing a pair of runs (one unearned) on just three hits in six and a third innings, but he didn’t get any run support as Butler starter Adam Bleday, who will be a sophomore at The University of Virginia next season, did not allow a hit in six innings before getting lifted for reliever Mick Fennell.
“I didn’t even know he had a no-hitter,” Butler manager Adam Rebyanski said of pulling his starter. “I keep tabs, my own notes throughout the game, but the reason we pulled him out was his pitch count was up. He threw well. He had a little bit of a rough outing in his last start, bounced back and worked hard all week.”
Bleday had thrown 97 pitches through six. Fennell, a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania, threw three scoreless innings of relief, giving up three hits and striking out a pair.
Butler got on the board in the fourth. Centerfielder Cody Herald singled to right to start the inning, moved to second on first baseman Nick Sell’s flyout to deep right, advanced to third on catcher Stuart Levy’s groundout to third and scored on a Landon wild pitch.
The BlueSox (10-6) would add a pair of runs on three hits in the seventh and single tallies in the eighth and ninth.
Lorain County would not get a hit until Kyle Chontos, a senior at Baldwin-Wallace pinch-hitting for catcher Tyler Greiner, hit a slow chopper that ticked off the glove of Butler third baseman Danny Urban and rolled into foul territory.
“That was a questionable call but, in the end, it didn’t matter,” Rebyanski said.
Left fielder Taylor Emody and first baseman Tyler Bires both had solid, no-doubt singles to right in the bottom of the ninth.
“They didn’t do a good job of making the pitcher adjust at all and the approach today wasn’t the best,” Rhomberg said. “They’re young players and this is something to learn from … how you will get worked if you don’t make them make an adjustment or don’t get them out of their rhythm.
“(The swings) were a little long, especially with two strikes, and I think they were swinging at off-speed pitches too often late in the count. If you aren’t sitting on that pitch you should just take it. They would come in with a fastball, then come in with a slow curve away. We had a hard time sitting on one or the other.”
The BlueSox ended the contest with nine hits. Seven of those came in the final three innings.
“Our guys have been battling on the mound and we finally got some hits today,” Rebyanski said. “We’ve been struggling at the plate, and it was good to bang some balls around the park today.”
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