After a stinging 14-3 loss to Revere in its opening game March 25, Cuyahoga Falls baseball played a much better game when it hosted Lakewood St. Edward March 27 at Water Works Park.
It wasn't enough for Falls to win, but it was enough to make coach Scott Koenig feel better about his team moving forward.
St. Edward jumped on a Falls' error in the top of first inning to take a 4-0 lead, but the Black Tigers played the Eagles even from that point, losing by a final of 5-1.
Falls dropped to 0-2 on the season, while St. Edward improved to 1-1.
The game opened with Eagles shortstop Danny McGuire reaching base on a error. After a sacrifice bunt and a hit batsman,
Eagles catcher Mark Mohnickey made it 1-0 with an RBI double.
A two-run double by Eagles first baseman Thomas Iemma and an RBI double by center fielder Riley Baumbick made it 4-0 after a half inning.
After that outburst, Falls starting pitcher Kyle Borton settled down. Borton (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) in four innings of work, allowing six hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Falls' Jack Kramer and Zach King combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
St. Edward got its fifth run in the top of the second inning. McGuire walked, stole second and came home on an RBI single from designated hitter Quinn LaVelle.
That would be it for the Eagles' offense.
While Falls had numerous chances to get back in the game, they squandered them, leaving 12 men on base.
Falls finally broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Falls got a one-out double to center from third baseman Will Rightley. After an error allowed right fielder Alex Kolvey about, center fielder Michael Hoedt came through with and RBI double.
Before Falls could really get the rally going, however, St. Edward closer Kyle Clegg came on.
Kolvey was caught stealing at third base and catcher Derek Waffen flew out to short right to end the game.