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MONROE—Adams Central coach Dave Neuenschwander said his squad's lone meeting with Bishop Luers each season, a final tune-up before sectional play begins next week, is a lot like this.
Well, maybe not exactly like Wednesday's contest, a game that saw both teams combine for 29 runs, 29 hits, five home runs and eight pitchers, five for Adams Central and three for Bishop Luers.
Adams Central came out on top this time with a 15-14 win in eight innings. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the Bishop Luers second baseman tried to force a double play to end the inning but instead made an errant throw, allowing the Jets' Jaron Bitner to score the winning run.
Both teams have spent time in the coaches polls this season, particularly Adams Central who stand as the #2 team in class 2A. The Jets went into the seventh inning trailing 14-12 with two quick outs. Senior Dalton Combs doubled, and scored on an RBI single by Isaac Soldner, to trail just 14-13. An RBI single by Kyle Baker scored Soldner to force extra innings.
Adams Central started the game swinging early and often. Junior Conner Lengerich had back-to-back home runs in his first two at bats, and Combs had one in the fifth.
"I was pleased with our approach. We came out hitting right away," Neuenschwander said.
Neuenschwander also noted his team's patience throughout the game. The two teams swapped leads in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and Bishop Luers' batted through the lineup in a seven-run sixth inning to take a 13-8 lead.
Neuenschwander mentioned he was impressed with the performance of senior Brady Butler, who he said has had some ups and downs throughout the game as of late. Brady popped up to first base to leave runners on the corners in the fourth, and struck out looking in the fifth with the bases loaded. His focus remained, however, with an RBI single up the middle in the sixth, when the Jets narrowed the lead from 13-8 to just one run at 13-12. Butler also pitched to four batters in the seventh and allowed no hits, no runs, walked two and struck out one.