Steele allowed two runs, one earned, in 61/3 innings.
“Their pitcher did a wonderful job of throwing strikes, getting ahead,” DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said. “We’re trying to talk to our kids about staying a little more aggressive on him, and he was throwing the ball hard. We did put some balls in play late there, and they made a change and got going offensively. But our defense has to get better.”
Williams also pitched most of the game for the Barbs, coming on to relieve starter Ryne Kerschke in the middle of a Jared Grubbs at-bat. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Kerschke hit Matthew Cusumano and Gage Armstrong, then walked Steele before going two balls and two strikes on Grubbs.
He left with shoulder stiffness. Davis said he wasn’t sure how long he would be out.
Williams walked Grubbs, allowing the first run of the game to score. But he struck out Rink to escape the jam. He finished the game allowing five runs, one earned on five hits and four strikeouts, while walking two, including Steele.
“He was thrown in a tough spot right there,” Davis said. “But we got out of there giving up one run. It could have been a whole lot worse. It had to build confidence for him. We told him how impressed we were with his outing today. He did a great job. Now he just has to get consistent and do that every time out.”
The Spartans added three runs in the second, only one of which was earned. In the fifth, Cusumano doubled to start the inning, then back-to-back errors pushed in a run and put runners at first and third with no outs.