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#5 La Roche Drops Pair of Close Games in Battle of Ranked Teams

#5 La Roche Drops Pair of Close Games in Battle of Ranked Teams

WINCHESTER, VA -- #5 La Roche Baseball dropped a pair of close games falling to #16 Shenandoah 5-3, 11-10 in their season opener on Sunday. Shenandoah advanced to the NCAA South Regional Championship Game last season.

Game 1: Starting pitcher Regis Sauer stranded runners in scoring position in the first two innings and Luis Navedo doubled home Ian Velez in the third for a 1-0 lead.

A Shenandoah single through the right side in the bottom of the third tied it at 1-1, but Sauer again stranded runners at the corners.

The Redhawks took back the lead in the fifth on a David Lemley single into left. Shane Emrich relieved Sauer in the bottom of the inning and responded with a 1-2-3 inning.

La Roche left runners at the corner in the sixth and Shenandoah grabbed the momentum with four runs to take control. Lemley added his second RBI in the seventh but Shenandoah hung on for the win. 

Lemley went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles. Navedo doubled twice, scored and hit in one while Velez and Elmo Trickett scored runs. 

Game 2: The Redhawks scored eight runs over the final three innings falling just short in the Game 2.

Joe Professori hit a bases loaded single into left as La Roche jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. 

Shenandoah tied it in the bottom of the first and then took the lead with a single to right in the second. Shenandoah's Nate Loman hit a bases clearing down down the left field line for a 5-2 lead after three innings. 

Shenandoah added another run in the third, but the Redhawks grabbed the lead with five runs in the fifth. Corey Lazor hit an opposite field home run for the first run of the inning. Three batters later, Ian Velez smacked a 2-out single up the middle and Shane Roebuck followed with a 2-run double. Navedo drew a bases loaded walk to give the Redhawks the lead.

Shenandoah answered with a pair of two run doubles in the bottom of the fifth. The Redhawks nearly rallied in the sixth and seventh innings but Shenandoah held on for the one run victory.

Lazor, Professori, Velez and Roebuck each hit in two. Navedo and Lemley scored twice.