Psenka pshuts down
By David Graham-Caso
potent Richmond, TX lineup scored 39 runs in five games at the
Southeast regional tournament. Their average of six and one half runs
a game, coupled with a deep pitching rotation, was good enough for the
coveted trip to Williamsport.
Richmond continued its offensive onslaught
in its World Series opener, defeating Eldridge, IA 7-1 Saturday
afternoon at Volunteer Stadium.
Richmond wasted no time in their first
chance at bat as eight batters stepped to the plate for the Lamar
National Little League, four of which eventually crossed home. Texas
pitcher Robert Psenka drove in the first runs of the game with a
bases-loaded double to right-centerfield. The Iowa defense didn’t
provide much relief for hurler Matt Peterson, committing two costly
errors, both of which led to runs.
“Texas is a great hitting team,” said Iowa
skipper Paul Tremmel. “They put a lot of balls into play and made us
try to execute.
have guys up and down their lineup that can hit the ball with
Iowa ace Matt Peterson never found his groove. The righty, who
recorded 31 strikeouts in 17.0 innings during the Midwest regional
tournament, surrendered nine hits in his six innings of work.
“Nerves had to play a little bit of a
role” Tremmel said. “This is the first time we have ever been to
Williamsport, so nerves definitely played a role in how Matt pitched
scored twice more in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs
and the bases full, Garrett Staudt took a breaking ball to the helmet,
brining in the fifth run for the Southwest champions. The next batter
was Psenka, who was facing his second bases-loaded situation of the
day. Psenka came through for his team again, this time with an RBI
single to left.
Texas would add one more run in the fifth
to extend their lead to six runs.
6-foot tall Psenka struck out five in his six innings of work.
“Robert was not at the top of his game
today; this is not indicative of how he has pitched this season,” said
Richmond manager Jim Michalek. “He would usually be striking out more
batters and he would certainly be in command.”
Psenka, who has been trying to incorporate
a curveball into his repertoire, admitted that he was not on his game
not have my best game today,” the hurler said. “I think that I will
throw better later in the tournament.”
Texas, now in the driver’s seat in Pool B
play next faces the West champions Sunday at 1 p.m. Iowa will attempt
to recover against Delaware, Sunday at 8 p.m.