The Mayer Lutheran baseball team’s postseason run came to an end June 4 after back to back losses to Heritage Christian and St. Agnes last week.
Heritage Christian defeated Mayer Lutheran 2-1 on June 3, despite a 14-strikeout game thrown by LHS senior Tanner Luebke.
The Crusaders then faced St. Agnes once again to stay in the tournament. The Aggies took down LHS 2-1 to advance to the section final game.
For Mayer Lutheran head coach Dave Lane, the games against Heritage Christian and St. Agnes were eerily similar.
“It was almost a carbon copy of the game against Heritage,” he said. “In both games we were within a base hit of taking the lead and it just didn’t happen.”
Junior Cole Buttenhoff took the mound for LHS against St. Agnes and his pitching was “absolutely outstanding,” according to Lane. Buttenhoff allowed just one earned run. The other run came unearned in the final inning, after a Crusader error allowed loaded bases for St. Agnes.
Lane said one or two defensive errors usually “don’t matter” when a team scores multiple runs, but when the game is decided by a single run, it’s crucial.
“When you’ve got those one run games, those close ball games, that tends to happen,” he said.
Junior Joel Burfeind scored LHS’ sole run of the game and the Crusaders took the 1-0 lead around the fourth inning, according to Lane.
Of battling the 2012 defending state champions, Lane said the Crusaders held their own in both games against the Aggies.
“We knew St. Agnes was going to be a tough one,” he said. “The kids played really, really well during the tournament.”
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