MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia Cougars, 0-2, lost their second game in a row to start the season.
Columbia could only manage three hits in their 7-0 loss to the Caldwell Chiefs. Junior Eric Lax started the game for the Cougars but was pulled after giving up five runs in just three innings. Lax couldn’t keep the ball down and the Chiefs were able to take advantage of it early, scoring three runs in the first inning.
Lax struck out six despite giving up the early runs but went 0-3 at the plate, including a crucial strikeout to end the fifth inning with the bases loaded.
“Our team effort was awful, we didn’t pick the ball up, we weren’t aggressive at the plate,” Coach Joe Fischetti said. “They were a well-coached team and you can’t make mistakes against teams like that or they will take advantage of it, and they did.”
Only senior catcher Brendan Clark, junior center fielder Ryan Murphy and junior right fielder Alex Nathan were able to pick up a hit for the Cougars.
“We have to get better every day, at everything," Fischetti said. "We are really struggling at the plate. I thought we’d be hitting better by now.”
One bright spot for the Cougars was freshman pitcher Danny Boehmer, who came in to relieve Lax at the top of the fourth inning. After giving up two runs early in the inning, he held the Chiefs scoreless for the rest of the game. The Chiefs were on top of the Cougars the entire day, knocking in six runs off of 12 hits and another run off an error by the Cougars.
After opening up a 5-0 lead before the Cougars could manage their first hit, the Chiefs never looked back.
“We have to play our best game to beat anyone right now,” Fischetti said.
Next up for the Cougars is an away game at 4 p.m. on Friday against the Glen Ridge Ridgers, a team that the Cougars were able to sweep last year.