Hosting LeSueur-Henderson on April 29, the Crusaders lost the first game 14-2, but rallied to win the second 8-7 in the waning daylight.
“We got thumped the first game in five innings,” head coach Dave Lane said.
Senior Aaron Luehrs started on the mound for LHS, and didn’t pitch too badly, according to Lane, but did give up seven runs (four earned), and walked three. Senior Josh Parrish and junior Chase Anderson finished the game for Mayer Lutheran.
The Crusaders had four hits, one each from Luehrs, junior Mitch Baumann, senior Tanner Luebke, and junior Joel Burfiend.
“We scored twice in the first inning and that was basically it,” Lane said. “A very forgettable game.”
In game two against the Giants, the Crusaders were able to play five innings before the game was called due to darkness.
Freshman Sam Schlueter was the starting pitcher, allowing six runs (only three earned) and five walks. Baumann and Luebke combined for the finish, and Luebke was awarded the save.
The Crusaders tallied 10 hits in their 8-7 victory over the Giants, led by Burfeind (2-3, 2 RBI); Luebke (2-2, scored 2); and Luehrs (2-3, 2 RBIs).
“We actually picked up out first win, so we were excited about that,” Lane said.
On a chilly May 2 afternoon, Mayer Lutheran faced off at Sibley East, losing the first of two games 3-0.
The Crusaders were completely shut down at the plate by Sibley East pitcher Brody Rodning, who struck out 15 of 18 Crusader batters.
“They have a very, very good pitcher,” Lane said, “and just absolutely dominated us.”
Luebke pitched for LHS with seven strikeouts and three unearned runs.
With Rodning’s arm exhausted in the first game, the Crusaders were able to put bats on balls in game two, winning 4-3.
Junior Cole Buttenhoff started and earned the win for LHS by pitching the entire game, with six strikeouts.
Mayer Lutheran had seven hits on the day, two each from Burfeind (2-3) and Luebke (2-3).
After being cooped up inside and then immediately starting games, Lane said he and the team are looking forward to a couple days of regular practice this week.
“We just really have not had any practice at all, except when we’re in the gym,” he said. “Up until now, it’s been mostly games and trying to dance around the weather.”
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