Storm Falls in Close Battle with Greyhounds

Photo by Aaron Rojas
Photo by Aaron Rojas

INDIANAPOLIS— The Lake Erie College baseball team fell in a battle to the University of Indianapolis, 12-11, Sunday (March 6) in a nonconference road game.

The Storm offense got on the board early.  In the top of the first, Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) homered to center field.

However, the Greyhounds got off to a fast start as well, plating three in the bottom of the inning.

The Storm was quick to answering in the top of the second.  Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) led off with a single and moved to third on a Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) double.  A Ryan Grieco (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) bunt single scored Williams.  After Kody Bledsoe (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) reached on fielder's choice, Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) singled up the middle, scoring Grieco.  Bledsoe then crossed the plate on an error, giving the Storm a 4-3 lead.

The Greyhounds regained the lead by scoring two in the bottom of the third.

In the top of fourth, Raley hit a two-out single to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Zak DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) brought Raley home with a single to left field, tying the game at five. However, the Greyhounds scored three in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 8-5.

Luebke hit a one out single in the fifth and reached second on a wild pitch.  Grieco took first after being hit by a pitch, followed by Bledsoe getting walked.  With the bases load, Rua hit a single through the left side, scoring Luebke and Grieco, cutting the lead to one. 

In the sixth, Luebke tied the game with a homerun to left field.  In the seventh, Bledsoe went deep, giving the Storm a 9-8 lead. 

Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) came across the plate in the eighth on a Luebke RBI, increasing the Storm's lead to two, 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Geyhounds' bats came alive as they scored four run to take a 12-10 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Bledsoe reached on an error and moved to second on a Raley single.  Bledsoe reached home on a DeCamp fielder's choice, cutting the lead to one, 12-11.  However, the Storm was unable to plate another run as they fell to the Greyhounds.

Luebke led the Storm offense, going five-of-five with a homerun, double, two RBI and two runs. Raley went three-of-three with three walks, a homerun, RBI and two runs.  Williams and Rua had two hits apiece.  Rua had a team-high three RBI. DeCamp, Grieco and Bledsoe had one RBI.  Bledsoe came across the plate three times while Grieco scored twice.  Peterlin had one run while Tyler Kmitt (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) had a RBI.

Michael Poole (Kent, Ohio/Field) faced the most batters for the Storm on the mound.  In relief, he went 3.2 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.  Connor Fuller (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) started the game for the Storm on the mound.

The Storm is back in action March 19th at Davis & Elkins.