The Mayer Lutheran baseball team used smart baserunning to capitalize on their six hits, scoring five runs to down Tri-City United in the conference opener April 6. While both teams tallied six hits, the Crusaders minimized errors and made smart choices on the bases to pick up the 5-2 win.
Mayer Lutheran scored first, getting their first three batters on base to pick up a 1-0 lead. Alex Baumann led-off with a double to left field, Baden Noennig hit a hard grounder that led to an error and Nick Pallas singled to score the first run of the game.
TCU responded with a run in the second and another in the third to take the lead, but the Crusaders rallied back with a big fourth inning.
Matt Menth doubled to left to start of the inning and was moved over on a line drive from Nic Voelker. Even though there were runners on the corners, the Titans didn’t look to be in too bad of shape as there were already two outs, but the Crusaders made the most of their opportunity to take the lead.
Brock Hoese got the scoring started with a hard ground ball that led to an error and Menth crossing the plate. Branden Carlson then singled to drive in Voelker and Baumann singled to score Hoese. With runners on the corners again, an steal of second base cleared the way for Jimmy Switch (courtesy runner for Carlson) who stole home to score the fourth run of the inning and put the Crusaders up 5-2.
Noennig and Matt Binstock split time on the mound, with Noennig going three innings with one earned run and a pair of strikeouts, while Binstock picked up the win in four innings on the bump.
Mayer Lutheran 6 Trinity at River Ridge 2
The Crusaders opened the season April 4 with a win over Trinity at River Ridge.
A strong outing for Baumann on both sides of the ball delivered the win for the Crusaders. The junior spent five innings on the mound, striking out five while allowing one run in a winning effort. Baumann also helped his cause with three RBIs on two hits and crossing the plate twice.
Singles from Baumann and Noennig gave Menth a chance to drive in a score in the first inning, which he did on a sacrifice fly.
After a pair of runs by Trinity in the second, the Crusaders quickly regained the lead with three runs of their own.
Voelker singled and Hoese walked to put two runners on with no outs, before Baumann singled to score the pair of runners. Baumann’s time on base was short-lived, as he stole second and was brought home on a single from Noennig.
The Crusaders added two more runs in the sixth inning for good measure, putting the score at 6-2.
Carlson reached base on a dropped third strike, leading to an RBI single for Baumann. Noennig and Pallas followed with two singles before Noennig scored on an error.