Update: The Mayer Lutheran baseball team is still in the “winner” bracket of the Section 4A tournament, after also defeating New Life Academy and St. Agnes. They will next play on June 3 at Heritage Christian.
The Mayer Lutheran baseball team kicked off its postseason last week with a 12-2 win over PACT Charter School on May 25.
In the first round of the Section 4A tournament, the No. 7 Crusaders hosted the No. 10 Panthers. After posting five runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Crusaders opened a comfortable lead. With three runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth, Mayer Lutheran was able to wrap up the victory in just five innings.
“Obviously, we felt pretty good,” said LHS head coach Dave Lane.
Scoring 12 runs on 11 hits, “we kind of broke out a little bit,” Lane said.
With multiple players picking up hits, three Crusaders had multi-hit games. Cole Buttenhoff was 2-3 at the plate with four RBIs, while Aaron Luehrs was 2-3 and Mitch Baumann was 2-2.
Buttenhoff pitched for LHS, throwing all five innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit. He walked two Panthers and struck out six.
With the win, the Crusaders have now entered the double elimination portion of the tournament. They faced No. 2 New Life Academy of Woodbury on May 28, with senior Tanner Luebke taking the mound for Mayer Lutheran. Lane said if the Crusaders can hit well, they have a chance to win. The victor will advance to play the winner of No. 3 St. Agnes/No. 11 Spectrum on May 30, while the losing teams will also play each other.
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