Dunbar's offense silent in FCBL loss to Carmichaels
Dunbar was far from perfect defensively during Wednesday's Fayette County Baseball League game against visiting Carmichaels. But even if the defense had been flawless, it likely wouldn't have changed the result.
The home team scuffled offensively and was blanked, 6-0.
“You can't win a game with zero on the board,” Dunbar coach Jeff McWilliams said. “Out of the six runs they scored, four were unearned, so realistically, it could have been a 2-0 game. But still, scoring zero leads to nothing.”
Dunbar's bats were mostly silenced thanks to a complete game by Carmichaels' Brian Resnik, who scattered four hits, struck out seven and walked one.
“It starts with pitching, and (Resnik) has been good,” Carmichaels coach Richard Krause said. “He's 3-0, and he's been really strong for us. It seemed like he got stronger as the game wore on.”
Dunbar's biggest offensive threat came in the second. Sean DeCara doubled to put runners at second and third. But with two outs, Resnik got out of the mess by getting a popup to end the threat.
Dunbar (6-3), on the other hand, couldn't come up with the big out defensively.
In the first inning, Scott Van Sickle walked before Clay Roman reached on an error. That led to a two-run double by Chuck Gasti off Dunbar starter Zach Durbin.
The fourth inning followed a similar pattern. Van Sickle walked and scored on another Dunbar error to make it 3-0. In the fifth, a two-out throwing error led to two more runs for the visitors as Carmichaels' lead swelled to 5-0.
The first five runs were charged to Durbin.
Carmichaels' last run came against reliever Jeramy Kopacko. In the seventh, Joby Lapkowicz singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ron Nopwasky.
Carmichaels mustered only five hits but was able to take advantage of Dunbar mistakes to improve to 9-0.
“We did a good job of getting runners on, but four (runs) were unearned, so we need to do a better job (hitting),” Krause said.
McWilliams has similar concerns.
“We're just not getting a hit when we need it,” McWilliams said. “We put hits together when they are meaningless.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.