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Washington’s Hayden Bodine (center) slides safely back into second base as L-P shortstop Noah Lamboley (left) throws back to second baseman Shawn Feagin during Saturday’s consolation championship of the Cavalier Invitational Series. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Two weeks ago when the La Salle-Peru baseball team played a doubleheader against Washington, just about everything seemed to go the Cavaliers’ way as they swept the Panthers.
However, in Saturday’s rematch in the consolation championship of the Cavalier Invitational Series, L-P had just about everything go wrong as it fell to Washington 11-1 in six innings at Veterans Park in Peru.
It didn’t take long to see the day wasn’t going to go the Cavs way as in the first inning Washington’s Jimmy McCoughey was hit by a pitch to start the game.
Following a single, an L-P error allowed the Panthers to take a 1-0 lead.
Washington made it 2-0 when an RBI hit lined off the glove of L-P second baseman Shawn Feagin.
The two runs turned out to be more than the Panthers needed, but it didn’t mean they were done.
Hayden Bodine gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead with an RBI single and, two batters later, Austin Ulick made it 5-0 after he hit a two-run single down the right-field line.
“Washington putting up a five-spot in the first inning really put the pressure on us,” L-P coach Matt Glupczynski said. “We couldn’t do what we wanted to do and we had to press a lot.”
The Cavs did little to cut into the deficit thanks to Washington pitcher Shane Semlow, who was much sharper in his second start against L-P than his first as he carried a no-hitter into the top of the fifth inning.
After four hitless innings, Cavs third baseman Erik Milaicki ended the no-hit bid with a lead-off single in the fifth.
Then, on an 0-2 count, outfielder Nate Burris hit an RBI single that scored Milaicki and cut the deficit to 5-1.
“(Semlow) did a great job of getting striking 1,” Glupczynski said. “He mixed it up very well and kept us off balance.”
Washington responded in the bottom of the inning as back-to-back lead-off doubles pushed the lead to 6-1.
The Panthers added another run in the fifth to make it 7-1 and tacked on four more in the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.
In the defeat, the Cavaliers had just three hits as Ben Bejster, Milaicki and Burris all had one hit each.
L-P pitcher Erik Gens allowed seven runs — four earned — over five innings to take the loss.
Earlier on Saturday, the Cavaliers reached the consolation championship with a 1-0 victory over Teutopolis.
Brady Huebbe scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Noah Lamboley threw a complete-game shutout to lift L-P.
Teutopolis had beaten the Cavs 4-0 earlier this season.
Note: Morris won the tournament as it beat Plainfield Central 2-0 in Saturday’s title game. Joliet West beat Streator for third and Teutopolis downed Marquette for seventh.