Loss to Northwest douses Lindbergh baseball team’s title hopes

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After winning six of its last seven games, the Lindbergh High School baseball team put itself in the position to possibly share the Suburban West Conference championship.

But a 10-8 loss at Northwest Friday af-ternoon essentially doused the Flyers’ dream of a conference championship with the best-case scenario being a tie for second place with either Parkway South, Lafayette and/or Oakville.

“We battled and battled and got back into a position to be in the lead for the conference championship,” Lindbergh head coach Darin Scott told the Call. “But Northwest is really swinging the bat right now.”

The Flyers (11-8, 5-3 Suburban West) gave up 11 hits to the Lions as starting pitcher Andrew Keltner struggled in 21⁄3 innings. Keltner gave up five runs on four hits and two walks in his sixth start of the season. The sophomore hurler is 2-1 overall with a 3.03 earned run average.

“The key for Keltner is that he’s got to work down in the strike zone, and if you don’t make quality pitches against them (Northwest), they can hit the ball,” Scott said. “But for the most part, Andy’s done a really good job for us.”

Lindbergh shortstop Zach Outman was on fire at the plate, going two-for-three with one home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored. The senior infielder also stole three bases to increase his team-leading total to nine this season.

“It’s going to be really important for Zach to really start swinging the bat,” Scott said. “He should be a big positive for us going into the playoffs.”

Lindbergh’s David Heine also had a solid afternoon at the plate with a two-for-three showing with two runs scored and one stolen base.

The junior outfielder is batting .262 with 12 runs scored and four runs batted in. He currently is tied for the team lead in triples with two this season.

“David’s been pretty steady for us in the outfield,” Scott said. “He’s one of those guys that we like to get the offense started down in the nine hole of the lineup.”

Lindbergh is back in action at 3:30 p.m. Friday when the Flyers travel to Cape Girardeau for a non-conference meeting with the Cape Central Tigers.

“It’s nice sometimes to get on the road and play some teams that you normally don’t see during the season,” Scott said. “Cape Central traditionally has some strong teams and they’re well coached.”