Baseball Loses a Tough one to Cross-Town Rival GBS

Declan Dunham, Writer

Last weekend, the Ramblers were defeated by GBS in a low-scoring affair.

The Titans of GBS took the lead early with a double hit by GBS shortstop, Luckey. It turned out that is all they needed, as the Ramblers were not able to scratch a run, losing 3-0.

Junior Max Sawyer was the Ramblers starting pitcher throwing a beautiful five innings, only allowing 3 runs on 3 hits.

However, it was not all GBS all the time. The Ramblers were able to make it interesting in the fifth inning. It all started when senior outfielder Eddy Mahoney reached first base on a fielding error made by GBS second baseman Sava Dupour.

After the misplay, senior catcher Declan Dunham ripped a double to the left-center gap, bringing Mahoney to 3rd. Unfortunately for the Ramblers, they were not able to bring those runs home.

Senior pitcher and outfielder Noah Klein said, “The reason why we lost that game is because we didn’t stick to our process. We made mental mistakes on the base paths and we stranded too many base runners.”

Not everything went badly for the Ramblers. Klein went on to say, “Our dugout energy was phenomenal. Despite losing the game, I think we won the energy game.”

This year, the Ramblers game strategy is to play with their process. “We need to have a 12th seed mentality, and always believe we’re the underdogs. This means grinding out games, having gritty at-bats, and having crazy energy in the dugout,” senior captain JP Nelson says.

The Ramblers will have a chance at revenge, this Friday, May 7 at 4:45 on The Hill. Loyola Academy will take on GBS at home for the last time until the playoffs.

If the Ramblers want to even the series, they are going to need to play with great intensity and overcome adversity.

“We were punched in the mouth. Now it’s our turn to punch back,” senior outfielder Eddy Mahoney said. “We will come out on Friday with a chip on our shoulder. We all have that loss still fresh in our minds, and we will use it as motivation to bounce back.”

With a record of 7-5, the Ramblers have a very busy week ahead of them. With conference play starting, they are going to have to be resilient. Their conference is the most competitive and toughest one in the state, and possibly the Midwest.

Even though they have multiple conference games leading up to their revenge game, the GBS loss will always be in the back of their mind.