Truck back to Finals: LP tops USC to set up another game with Hayfield – Austin Daily Herald
The No. 2-seeded Lyle-Pacelli baseball team may be playing with a lot of new players this season, but the Athletic is back to where it was last season — two state tournament wins .
LP found their knockout blow early on and their pitchers did just enough to win by beating No. 6 United South Central 10-6 in the Section 1A semi-final at Riverland on Monday.
Hunter VaDeer scored on a pitching error to put LP up 9-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning and Jake Truckenmiller ripped a solo homer over the left field fence to make it 10-6. Truckenmiller hit a double, a triple, a home run and two RBIs, while pitching three relief innings for LP (17-4 overall).
He is one of the few survivors of last year’s team to have graduated most of his training.
“We exceeded my expectations. I knew we would be good, but a lot of these young guys have gotten better and we’re only going to get better,” Truckenmiller said. “I could see the ball pretty well today. On that home run I just knew it was going to be an inside throw and on the others I just sat down and drove.
Freshman LP Hunter VaDeer had an interesting day with his first-ever start at the varsity mound. VaDeer did not allow USC to put the ball in play until the 20th batter he faced in the game. However, VaDeer went just three hitless innings, as he walked ten and struck out eight, while allowing two first runs.
“First it was a bit rocky. I was trying too hard to control it,” VaDeer said. “I just had to let go and then it was a lot easier and I lived in the area. Jake did a good job after me and Jack (Klingfus) shut it down. We hit really well.
As he struggled with his control on the mound, VaDeer, who went three-for-four at home plate with two RBIs, showed plenty of speed.
“He has a lot of potential,” Truckenmiller said of VaDeer. “He’s just a freshman and if he’s constantly throwing punches, it’s going to be hard to hit him.”
LP will face top-seeded Hayfield in the Section 1A semifinals at noon Saturday at Dick Seltz Field. The Athletics lost to Hayfield twice in the Section 1A Final last season and they lost to the Vikings 7-0 at Marcusen Park on May 2.
Both teams will have their full pitching staff available with a three-four day break.
VaDeer thinks LP has a chance against the defending champions if the Athletics do their best on Saturday.
“If we hit and throw strikes, I think we have a chance,” VaDeer said.
LP beat Wabasha-Kellogg 10-7 on Saturday.
USC 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 – 6 5 5
PL 2 4 1 0 1 2 X – 10 9 2
LP launch: Hunter VaDeer (F) 3 IP, 10 BB, 2 ER, 8 K, HBP; Jake Truckenmiller, 3 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 2 K; Jack Klingfus, 1IP, 1BB, 0R, 1K
Hitting LP: Landon Meyer, 0 for 3, R, SB, BB; Mac Nelson, 0-for-2, 2BB; VaDeer, 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB; Truckenmiller, 3 for 4, HR, double, triple, 2 RBI, R; Dane Schara, 1 for 3, double, 2 RBI, BB; Isaac Nelsen, 0 for 4; Blake Klingfus, 1 for 1, triple, 3 R, 3 BB; Trey Anderson, 1 for 3, RBI, R, BB; Jack Klingfus, 0 for 4