Congratulations Seniors: Cooper Farris, Grant Johnson, David Nastav, Evan Stambaugh & Zack Dafoe.
Reprinted from Lebanon Reporter 5/18/17 by Will Willems
Lebanon — The Lebanon baseball team got a much-needed, come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night against Speedway. The Tigers overcame two three-run deficits and topped the Sparkplugs 8-6 on senior night. “It feels great to get the win,” Lebanon head coach Rick Cosgray said. “All of our seniors stepped up in a big way today, whether it be a hit, or Evan Stambaugh had a good bunt. It was nice to see our seniors play their last game here at Memorial Park and get a win.” The Tigers had come into the game having lost 11 of their previous 12 games. Early, it didn’t seem like the trend was going to stop. Speedway led 1-0 after a half inning before a Tyler Welborn sacrifice fly tied the game at one. In the top of the second, Speedway scored three times on a double and a 2-run homer to make it 4-1. The Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the second on a Stambaugh groundout, but Speedway got the run back in the top of the third to make it 5-2. “Unfortunately, we have had plenty of practice in trying to come back from deficits,” Cosgray said. “We have just been telling the kids to not accept coming from behind and to do something about it. The kids found a way to rally and win.” Hayden Parker singled in a run to make it 5-3 at the end of three innings. The Tigers added another run in the fourth to bring themselves within a run, before a sacrifice fly made it 6-4 in the fifth. Speedway then loaded the bases with two outs, but Zack Dafoe got a strike out to end the threat. Dafoe got the win, going the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run. “We put it in the seniors’ hands and he came in and got a big strike out with the bases loaded,” Cosgray said. “He settled in and did a nice job after that. Zack is very good at going right after hitters and being in the zone. I am really proud of him and what he was able to do for us today.” Lebanon’s rally in the bottom of the sixth started with a walk to Nick Dafoe. Ben Johnson then singled, and Stambaugh tried to sacrifice bunt, but a poor throw allowed him to reach and make the bases loaded. Cooper Farris followed with a 2-run single to tie the game, before Stambaugh scored on a safety squeeze off the bat of Nick Bland. Grant Johnson hit an RBI-single two batters later to make it 8-6. Farris, Stambaugh and Johnson were three of the five seniors — along with David Nastav and Zack Dafoe — honored before the game for senior night. “Our seniors have been dedicated to our program,” Cosgray said. “It has been a rough season, but as I have said all year, we have great kids. To be able to stay with it and stay mentally tough, that is great to see.” The Tigers are now 5-14 on the year and have three games remaining in the regular season. They conclude conference play on Friday at Tri-West. Cosgray said that the Tigers need to build off Wednesday’s win. “Any win at this time of year should be a good confidence booster,” Cosgray said. “We have three games to go, and we have been needing a spark. Tonight, rallying back will hopefully be that spark to lead us to better things.” Cosgray said the main thing his team has to focus on is building momentum heading into next week’s sectional. “It is all about gaining momentum at this time of the year,” Cosgray said. “That starts with Tri-West on Friday. It would be nice to get two wins back-to-back and get some momentum here at the end of the season.”