The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans fell to the first-place Denmark Vikings 6-1 in North Eastern Conference baseball Monday afternoon.
A scoreless pitcher's duel through four innings, turned in the top of the fifth inning as the Vikings scored three runs and added three more in the sixth inning to secure the win.
Ryan Routhieaux was the tough-luck pitcher for the Spartans as he went 4 1/3 innings and allowed only two earned runs on four hits to take the loss.
The Spartans defense struggled with four errors in the game and the L-C offense could muster only one run when Jacob DeGrave was hit-by-pitch in the sixth inning with the bases loaded.
Cole Jacquet hit a double and Breaden Schley added a single for the only two hits in the game for the Spartans.
Denmark (16-0, 20-2 overall) has clinched the NEC championship and remains undefeated in the conference.
The Spartans (6-9, 7-13 overall) will now play back-to-back games, away and home, with the Clintonville Truckers on Tuesdsay and Thursday this week.
The next broadcast of L-C baseball game will be the first round of the WIAA Divsion II playoffs in two weeks. The seeding for the tournament will be done Wednesday and will determine when, where and who the Spartans will play. That game will also be streamed on New Radio Sports Network with Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard on the call.
(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)