The Mayer Lutheran baseball team dropped to 0-4 earlier this week with a loss at NYA Central on April 21.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Mayer Lutheran gave up some unearned runs to the Raiders, and would eventually hand over the game in a 5-3 loss.
“Another one of those where we were in a position where we could have won the game, but they came back and scored,” LHS head coach Dave Lane said.
Despite the loss, the Crusaders outhit NYA 5-4, but a few extra errors cost the Crusaders runs.
“It was a pretty good game for us,” Lane said. “The kids are playing pretty solid defense.”
Sophomore Jack Chmielewski led the Crusaders on both offense and defense, pitching the first four innings and going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI. The Crusaders totaled five hits on offense.
Early last week, the Crusaders lost a 4-0 game at Sibley East on April 15.
“The problem was we ran into just an outstanding pitcher,” Lane said.
And that they did, as the Mayer Lutheran faced off against Sibley East senior Brody Rodning, who has committed to playing baseball at Minnesota State University – Mankato in the fall.
One by one the Crusaders fell to Rodning. In his four innings at the plate, he struck out 10 of 12 LHS batters.
“In all seriousness, we have not got a hit on him in the past three years,” Lane said.
Defensively, Lane said the Crusaders played well and got a “pretty decent” pitching performance from senior Mitch Baumann, who only gave up three hits.
“Overall, he threw pretty well,” Lane said.
At this point in the season, Lane said the Crusader team is farther along than he had expected, with the team’s youth and inexperience.
Struggling a little at the plate and not pushing enough runs across the plate is “what’s getting us right now,” Lane said, but the team’s defense is sticking with it.
“We’re hanging around, that’s probably the best way I can say it,” he said.
The Crusaders are now 0-4 this season and 0-3 in the MRC. They will play a double header against Belle Plaine tonight. Next week, Mayer Lutheran will host Tri-City on Monday before heading to LeSueur-Henderson Thursday afternoon.
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