The Chaps hosted the Everest Merchants at Jack Hackman Field on Wednesday night.
By Malachi David, Sports Writer – Despite a valiant effort at a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, the Chaps were unable to come out with the win as Everest won 8-6.
The Chaps bats were relatively quiet during the first five innings as they mustered three hits in that span.
The Merchants jumped out to an early lead when they scored four runs in the top of the second.
The Chaps answered with their first run in the third inning. Cale Cuddie started the inning off with a double and was eventually driven in by a deep fly ball from Justin Rayburn.
The Merchants would add another run in both the fourth and fifth innings.
The Chaps closed the gap in the sixth as Justin Rayburn and Curtis Engelbrecht started the inning with back-to-back walks. The Luke Wirtz drove them both in with a double. Alex Steines also doubled to score Wirtz. The Chaps were down 6-4.
The Merchants got back on the board in the seventh with two more runs to make it 8-4.
Fans started trickling out as the Chaps registered six outs over seven batters in the seventh and eighth innings.
With the game on the line in the ninth, the Chaps started a rally. Lucius Messerschmidt started the inning by getting on via error. Then Steines was walked. Bobby Pilz hit into a fielder’s choice which got Messerschmidt out at third.
Cuddie then delivered his second double of the game to score both Steines and Pilz. The Chaps were down 8-6 with one out.
Nate McDonald struck out before Rayburn singled to bring the winning run to the plate. Unfortunately, the Merchants were able to finish the game with one more strikeout and end the Chaps comeback attempt.
The Chaps next game is in Rib Lake on Friday. The Chaparrals next home game will be on Monday, July 17th. This will be a makeup game against the Abbotsford Merchants. Game time is set for 7:30.