Gene Taylor’s comes out flat, falls in Legion regional tourney
The Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team was unable to cross the plate against Albuquerque, N.M., starter Kyle Goldfarb and bowed out of the Western Region tournament with a 13-2 loss Friday.
After losing a close first-round game Thursday, Gene Taylor’s came out flat for Friday morning’s elimination game.
“We weren’t prepared to play the morning game,” Gene Taylor’s coach Dave Jahnke said. “It was one of the worst games we played all year.”
Still, Gene Taylor’s had an opportunity to stay in the game early. Trailing 3-0, it put a couple of runners on base in the bottom of the second inning but made two outs on base-running mistakes.
“We lost all momentum,” Jahnke said of that inning, “and we never got it back.”
Worse, Albuquerque seized the momentum and scored six runs in the top of the third on five hits, two walks and an error. It had the bases loaded when reliever Josh Moore ended the outburst with a strikeout.
Goldfarb, a lefty, limited Gene Taylor’s to five hits and two walks and struck out six in his six innings of scoreless work. Gene Taylor’s scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Nathan Bauder.
Goldfarb kept Gene Taylor’s off balance, Jahnke said, but he added his team faced better pitchers at Colorado’s state tournament, which it won to reach the regional.
Evan McDermott went 2 for 4 and laced a two-run single to pace the Gene Taylor’s hitters. Casey Burns hit a double, and Drew Bridges went 0 for 1 with two walks and was hit by a pitch.
Kameron Pfaff was the starting pitcher for Gene Taylor’s and was tagged with the loss, pitching 2 1/3 innings.
Although the loss was disappointing, Jahnke remained positive about his team’s overall season, which ended with a 23-21 record.
“In the end we had a good season, and we accomplished a lot just in the last week, winning the state tournament,” he said.