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AKRON -- Fans of the movie "Major League" will remember how fictitious Cleveland Indians slugger Pedro Cerrano used voodoo to help him with the curve ball.
Cuyahoga Falls baseball coach Scott Koenig has reached the point where he might be ready to use such tactics.
"I'm at a loss," Koenig said. "Nothing has gone right for these guys for the last two years. When we have worked so hard, everything seems to go wrong for us."
Don't be surprised if Jobu makes an appearance in the Black Tigers' dugout.
Falls began the week by taking a trip to Canal Park in Akron April 28. However, the Black Tigers lost 12-0 in five innings to Shaker Heights.
Rain that began during the Shaker Heights' game continued all through the weekend, which wiped out the Cuyahoga Falls City Baseball Classic April 29 and Falls' games with Brecksville-Broadview Heights May 1 and Twinsburg May 2.
When the Black Tigers finally got back on the diamond May 3, Falls rallied to force extra innings against Twinsburg at Water Works Park on its Senior Night. In the end though, Falls suffered an 8-5 loss in nine innings.
Falls' record stood at 4-15, 1-11 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.
The game with Shaker had Koenig shaking his head.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the third inning, Falls gave up nine runs in the top of the third, using three pitchers to get out of the inning. Zak Allen took the loss, as he lasted just 2.67 innings, giving up seven runs (four earned).
"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong in that inning," Koenig said.
Shaker had eight hits in the win, highlighted by a two-run double from Daniel Ritts and a two-run single by Nate Cowan.
Falls managed just four hits in the loss.
After being sidelined by the rain, Koenig said his team played a much better contest vs. Twinsburg.
"They played competitive," Koenig said. "They rebounded after that downturn we had over the last five games. The competitive level is up for sure."
Falls trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring four runs to tie the game.
Will Rightley went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs (one earned), while JAck Kramer pitched the final out of the fifth inning.
Zak Allen (1-7) took the loss, despite a solid 2.33 innings of relief. He had six strikeouts.
Kyle Borton led the Black Tigers by going 2-of-3 with two singles and three RBIs.
Borton drove in Falls' first run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Rightley had an RBI single, while Alex Kolvey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 5-3.
Borton then came through with a two-out, two-run single to tie the game.
Rightley finished with two singles, an RBI and a run scored.
In the top of the ninth inning, however, Twinsburg's Dylan Jackson hit an RBI single to score the winning run. Twinsburg then scored two more runs on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Twinsburg's Jake Carnici got the win in relief.
Falls was set to play Brecksville-Broadview Heights May 4 and play a doubleheader with Massillon Washington May 6, but results were not available at press time.
Falls will close out its National Conference schedule at Twinsburg May 8 at 4:30 p.m.
The Black Tigers were given the No. 8 seed at the Division I Struthers district draw April 30. Falls will open the postseason May 11 by hosting Warren G. Harding at 4:30 p.m. The winner will play at top-seeded Kent Roosvelt May 12 at 4:30 p.m.