Robinson didn’t spoil Mt. Carmel’s baseball home opener Tuesday. No, the Aces did it do themselves, in an 8-6 non-conference loss at Dee White Field.
“Looking at the scoreboard, what killed us was five errors, and that’s being generous,” said Mt. Carmel coach John Copeland.
It was. The final miscue count was six for the hosts. “If we take away those errors we win the ballgame,” Copeland said.
The Aces added insult to injury by running themselves out of their final at-bat after scoring once and loading the bases with one out.
Cort Rodgers led the Aces’ offense with a perfect 3-for-3 day with one walk. His 2-run single in the third was the biggest blow of a 4-run frame that wiped out an early 2-0 Robinson lead.
The rally began with walks to Sean Moore and leadoff hitter Thomas Allen. Ian Hipsher was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then a walk to Austin Rue scored Moore with the first run of the day by the hosts. Noah Thompson followed with a grounder to the right side of the infield that scored Allen. Hipsher and Rue came in on the Rodgers hit.
In the fifth, Robinson (2-1) scored three times to retake the lead, 5-4, but the Aces tied it in the home half on an RBI single by Andrew Wise (who was 2-for-4 at the plate) that scored Rue.
“The offense did well,” Copeland said of the nine-hit attack. “I’m not upset about anything we did offensively, we just shot ourselves in the foot defensively.”
Mt. Carmel committed five of its six errors in the final three innings. Robinson scored one in the sixth to go back up, 6-5, then added two more in the seventh to wrap up its’ scoring.
Pete Smith worked the first two innings, giving way to Hipsher in the third and Devan Rich in the fifth. The hurlers were all on pitch counts, according to Copeland.
“I just wanted everyone to get a little work in today because of the long layoff for spring break,” he said. “I was happy with the way they threw. A lot of unearned runs.”
Only one Robinson run was earned in the lengthy game, which began with 71 degrees and sunshine and ended in near darkness with rain falling.
Mt. Carmel hosts Red Hill in a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m.