By Drew Terhall
MIAMISBURG — The Versailles baseball group ends their 2023 season because the Southwest Division III runners-up after they misplaced 7-4 to Cincinnati Nation Day within the District finals at Dayton Christian Excessive College on Might 24.
After a rocky begin to the sport, Versailles calmed down and began to get runners on base in virtually each inning. Head coach Brad Koopman stated the group did job of placing some stress on Nation Day, however they simply couldn’t get runners throughout.
“We knew they had been going to be powerful throughout. You need to attempt to put guys on, put some stress on them particularly early within the recreation. We had nice success with that tonight, simply wasn’t capable of push them throughout as we speak,” Koopman stated.
The Nighthawks took a 4-0 lead within the backside of the primary inning. Freshman Jaemeson French had a two-run hit and sophomore Zach Pavlisko had a sacrifice flyout.
Within the backside of the third, a wild pitch and one other sacrifice flyout from Pavlisko put Nation Day up 6-0. Versailles made just a few errors and had been getting unfortunate with some bounces that led as much as being down 6-0.
The Tigers shook off the gradual begin and began to make their means again into this recreation. Koopman stated this group has performed with emotion, effort and exhausting work all season lengthy. That has led to them getting again into video games when they’re down early.
Within the fourth, senior Ethan Stover had a sacrifice floor out to get Versailles on the board. Senior Titus Gehret then had a two-run single to make it a 6-3 recreation. Then within the fifth after getting a lead-off single, senior Joe Ruhenkamp scored on a run down.
On this recreation, Ruhenkamp tied the college file for hits in a season with 49. Koopman stated Ruhenkamp has put within the lengthy hours through the offseason alone to enhance and it paid off.
“Each little bit of these 49 hits are earned. He put in that effort, that work and it paid off for him with tying the college file,” Koopman stated.
Nation Day added on one other run within the backside of the sixth on a RBI triple by junior Parker Corbin.
Versailles obtained some runners on late, however couldn’t get the one hit to make it a better recreation or to tie it.
The Tigers completed with an 18-12 file on the season. They may graduate a gaggle of seniors that had been main contributors to the group this season and all through their careers.
Koopman stated throughout his time right here at Versailles, this group of seniors have been the most effective he has been round.
“9 years right here now at Versailles, this is without doubt one of the finest teams, no offense to any of the earlier lessons, however the most effective teams to be round. They’re so good with one another. They’re so good as a group to be on one another, selecting one another up, supportive and to be proper there,” Koopman stated.
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