By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer
In two wide-open shut outs last week, the Crusader baseball team ended the regular season and jumped into Section 4A play with victories over Southwest Christian and the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture.
LHS 14, SW Christian 0
In their last game of the regular season, the Crusaders blew away Southwest Christian 14-0 on May 22.
Posting five runs in the first inning, the Crusaders continued to score throughout the next four, scoring one run in the second, five in the third, and three in the fourth. There was no need for the Crusaders to bat in the fifth inning and the game was called.
Junior Tanner Luebke pitched for the Crusaders and "threw a really good game," according to head coach Dave Lane. Luebke allowed four hits, including one walk, and struck out nine batters in 15 outs.
Behind Luebke, Lane said the Mayer Lutheran defense was very strong.
"It was a good game for us," he said.
Four Crusaders had two hits on the day including senior Logan Radde, who was 2-2 at the plate with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Luebke was also 2-3, along with senior Erich Strehlke (2-2, one RBI) and senior Aaron Luehrs (2-3, three RBIs).
Lane said it was a very fun day for the team and they all walked away "feeling pretty good."
LHS 13, Science/Ag 0
With their 8-10 regular season record and their bottom of the conference finish, the Crusaders drew the No. 6 seed in Section 4A play.
In their first section game, the Crusaders took on No. 11 Academy for Sciences and Agriculture on May 25 and finished off the Eagles in five innings, winning 13-0.
Lane said this game was very similar to the Southwest Christian game earlier in the week.
"We hit the ball really well," he said.
And that they did, with the Crusaders scoring seven runs in the first inning and six in the third.
"We scored a lot of runs, we hit the ball hard," Lane said.
The Eagles offense didn’t stand a chance against Radde on the mound, who struck out 13 of 15 batters and allowed just one hit.
"[Radde] pitched an outstanding game," Lane said.
Luebke led at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBIs and a triple. Senior Adam Kohls was 2-3 on the day with two RBIs and a double, and sophomore Cole Buttenhoff was 2-3 with two RBIs.
With such stellar mound performances from Luebke and Radde last week, Lane said the Crusader defense has gotten a bit of a break.
"But those games all come to a screeching halt [on Tuesday]," Lane said.
The Crusaders faced No. 3 seeded Legacy Christian on May 29, but results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press. If the Crusaders were victorious, they will play May 31 at 4:30 p.m. at home. If they lost, the season has ended.