The regular season ended on an 0-4 run for the Mayer Lutheran baseball team, as the Crusaders fell in double headers to Tri-City United and Norwood Young America last week. Mayer Lutheran finished the season 3-11 and last in the Minnesota River Conference.
TCU 19, LHS 1 — TCU 9, LHS 1
Hosting the Titans of Tri-City United on May 13, the Crusaders lost both game of the double header.
“Tri-City was just a bad, bad nightmare,” said LHS head coach Dave Lane.
While the Titans collected hit after hit in Game 1, the Crusaders were only able to tally three hits, one each from Cole Buttenhoff, Mitch Baumann, and Sam Schlueter.
“Obviously we didn’t hit the ball and they did the hit ball very well,” Lane said.
Baumann, Josh Parrish, and Lincoln Biermann all took turns on the mound, and all struggled slightly, according to Lane, letting up too many walks.
Game 2 was more well contended between the teams, as the Crusaders bats finally sprung into action thanks to Joel Burfeind’s 3-4 at the plate and Tanner Luebke’s 2-3 day.
“We actually hit the ball a little bit, had a lot of runners on, but could not get the big hits,” Lane said. “We had guys on, but just not able to get anybody in.”
Schlueter started on the mound for LHS and Chase Anderson finished.
NYA 3, LHS 2 — NYA 1, LHS 0
Traveling to Norwood Young America for the final games of the regular season, the Crusaders lost both on May 16 by one run.
“We had two dynamite ball games,” Lane said, despite the losses.
Buttenhoff pitched Game 1, allowing three runs (one earned).
Mayer Lutheran struggled at the plate, with limited base runners, mostly on walks. Baumann had the Crusaders lone hit of the game.
Regardless, Lane said the game was well-pitched by both teams and runs were hotly contended.
“It was a very, very well played game,” he said.
Luebke pitched Game 2 against the Raiders, allowing one unearned run, which would be the Raiders’ only run of the day.
The Crusaders were able to get a few runners on base on hits from Luebke, Buttenhoff, Aaron Luehrs, and Phil Burfeind, but were unsuccessful in getting any runners across home plate.
The Crusaders were seeded No. 7 in the Section 4A tournament and will host No. 10 PACT Charter on May 25 at 1 p.m. Pending no massive upsets, the winner of No. 7/No. 10 will likely play No. 2 New Life Academy of Woodbury on Tuesday.
Lane is looking forward to the first playoff game.
“We’re optimistic that we can make a little run,” he said.
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