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Lindbergh plates 12 runs to bomb Rockwood

April 27, 2005 - The Lindbergh High baseball team hit rock bottom with a disappointing 11-1 loss to Webster Groves last week, but the Flyers are climbing back.

The day after the loss, Lindbergh (2-9, 1-3 Suburban West) bombed Rockwood Sum-mit 12-2, plating a run in every inning but the second.

"Against Summit we came out flat and then started to get things rolling. It was the first time that we came out and actually wanted to win," assistant head coach Sean Erwin told the Call.

Lindbergh starting pitcher Nick Higgs threw a solid six innings in the Flyers win over the Falcons. The sophomore hurler allowed eight hits and two runs, while walking one and striking out two in his first win of the 2004 season.

Higgs was appearing in just his second start of the season.

"Nick has looked good at times, and I think on Tuesday he was hitting his spots and didn't make any mistakes," Erwin said. "For him to just go out there and hit his spots, I think that was really good for him."

Senior catcher David Eikmeier went 2-3 at the plate with two runs batted in. Eik-meier is one of several Flyers who struggled in the first half of the season only to swing a hot bat in the last few weeks.

"Dave had a good day at the plate," Erwin said. "This is his first opportunity to step it up and he's been hitting the ball well here in the second half of the season."

Another struggling Flyer with a strong performance against Rockwood Summit was junior center fielder Caleb Monroe.

Despite early season struggles, Monroe appears to have come into his own with a 2-2 performance, including a double and one run batted in.

"Caleb's another kid that's struggled in the first half of the season," Erwin said. "He's a guy that can get the extra base hits for us because he's got good speed."

Lindbergh senior right fielder Brian Tiefenbruck also had a strong afternoon at the plate with a 2-2 performance with two walks and one run batted in.

"Brian's one of the few seniors on the team that got some playing time last year with that great senior class we had," Erwin said. "He's a streaky hitter who's been struggling, but you've got to keep him in the lineup because he'll get it going again."

Rounding out the Flyers' trio of slugging outfielders was senior Kevin Walk. The left fielder went 2-4 with one run batted in.

"Last year Kevin didn't get much of an opportunity to prove himself," Erwin said. "He comes to practice every day and works his butt off. Kevin's done a great job for us and you can't ask much more out of guys like that."

The Flyers return to conference play at 4:15 p.m. Friday when they play host to Northwest, which has taken down defending state champion Vianney and conference heavyweight Oakville already this season.

"Northwest is a team that has several quality wins this year," Erwin said. "They've beaten Vianney and Oakville and I think we're going to have to come out and have our best game against them in order to win. It's a game that we need to win."

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