The Mayer Lutheran baseball team was eliminated from the Section 4A tournament last Tuesday, May 27 at Minnetonka, in a close 4-3 loss to Southwest Christian.
The Stars were up 3-0 before the Crusaders rallied for a three-run fourth inning to tie it up. Southwest Christian would post one run in the following inning to escape with the win.
Mayer Lutheran was able to score in the fourth inning with the bases loaded when senior Cole Buttenhoff stepped up to the plate and found the gap.
“It was one of those games where I thought we could have won,” LHS head coach Dave Lane said. “We were in a position to do that.”
But, as has plagued the team all year, LHS runners were able to get in scoring position, but the Crusaders just couldn’t come up with the big hit to push them across the plate.
“Overall, I thought the kids played fairly well,” Lane said. “I thought we made a couple mistakes that hurt us.”
Sophomore Jack Chmielewski started on the mound for LHS, but was pulled fairly early due to a sore arm that was affecting his control.
“He kind of ran out of gas early,” Lane said. “But he’s got a good career ahead of him, we didn’t want to burn him out.”
Senior Joel Burfeind closed for the Crusaders and took the loss once the Stars posted their fourth run.
“He kind of got saddled with the loss, but actually threw pretty well,” Lane said, adding that Burfeind always stepped up for the team and was able to throw strikes. “He was always willing and able to do that.”
Lane said as much as the team would have liked to have won the Southwest game, the Crusaders would have been in “big trouble” in the next round.
“We would have loved to have won that, but we were kind of strapped pitching wise,” he said.
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.
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