LEBANON — Welcome to the lineup, Nick Lenzendorf.
Lenzendorf, who had only batted a few times all season for the Clyman Canners, is likely to bat a few more times in the postseason after his performance against the Lebanon Whitetails on Friday night at Legends Field.
Batting fifth in the order, Lenzendorf finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Canners rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Whitetails 11-8.
Lebanon struggled with run production for most of the season, but erupted for 32 runs over its final four league games. But the Whitetails gave up 22 during that stretch, with Clyman accounting for half of them.
The Whitetails touched up Clyman pitcher Tony Schmitt for seven earned runs over the first four innings. Tyler Doyle had four of Lebanon’s 15 hits, including an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Noah Zubke also had four hits including a two-run single to center in the fourth to push the lead to 7-1.
Despite allowing 15 hits, Schmitt hung in there and went the distance to earn the decision. He struck out 11 and pitched with the lead after the Canners rallied for seven runs in the fifth off Lebanon starter Mike Harshbarger.
Clint Rose began the big rally with a one-out single to left and Nick Schmitt reached on an error. Josh Oswald hit a potential double play ball to the right side, but Schmitt was ruled safe at second on a questionable call and Oswald also reached safely.
That loaded the bases for Lenzendorf, who belted a grand slam to left to make it 7-5. From there, Bryce Schuett walked, Tony Schmitt hit an RBI double and scored the tying run when McFarland hit a ground rule double to left. McFarland scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to put the Canners up 8-7.
In the sixth, Nick Schmitt hit a one-out single and Lenzendorf hit a two-out, two-run homer to left to extend Clyman’s lead to 10-7. In the seventh, McFarland walked against reliever Cam Schuett, advanced to second on an error, stole third and scored on another error.
Lebanon got one run back in the seventh when Demotropoulos singled and scored on Zubke’s RBI single to left, but Schmitt retired eight of the last nine batters he faced and struck out the side in the ninth to end it.
CLYMAN 11, LEBANON 8
Clyman 001 072 100 — 11 15 2
Lebanon 320 200 100 — 8 15 3
WP: T. Schmitt LP: Harshbarger
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-so) — C (T. Schmitt 9-15-8-3-11), L (Harshbarger 5.2-13-8-1-2, Schuett 3.1-2-0-2-3)
Leading hitters — Oswald (C) 2x5, Lenzendorf (C) 3x5, T. Schmitt (C) 2x5, McFarland (C) 3x4, Demotropoulos (L) 3x5, Zubke (L) 4x4, Doyle (L) 4x4
2B — C (Guidice, T. Schmitt, McFarland), L (Demetropoulos (2), Zubke (2), Doyle)
HR — C (Lenzendorf 2)