MIDLAND, Ohio—The Lake Erie College baseball team concluded their 2016 season with the second half of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) series at Northwood University Saturday (May 7).
The Storm won game one 10-5 and game two 18-11. They won three-of-four in the series
The Timberwolves got on the board first, plating two in the second.
The Storm matched the two runs in the third. Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) led off with a double to center. Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) reached on a throwing error which brought Rua home. After Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) was walked, Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) singled to right field, driving Raley home and tying the game at two,
In the fourth, Rua hit a two-out double to right field. He scored on a dropped foul ball to give the Storm a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the frame, the Timberwolves scored two to take a 4-3 lead.
Luebke hit a two-out double in the fifth. After Williams was walked, Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) singled to bring Luebke and Williams home, regaining the lead for the Storm. The back-and-forth continued as the Timberwolves tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.
With Raley and Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) aboard in the sixth, Luebke singled up the middle to drive the pair home and giving the Storm a 7-5 lead.
The Storm added three runs in the seventh. After Peterlin led off with a walk, Alex Lind (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Elder) reached second via error. A Kody Bledsoe (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) single to right field brought Peterlin home. Rua followed up with an infield single, bringing Lind home. With Bledsoe on third, Raley hit a sac fly to bring him home.
The Storm shut the Timberwolves out in the bottom of the seventh to earn the 10-5 win.
Ryan Lally (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) picked up the win on the mound. In 2.2 innings, he allowed no runs on two hits. Russell Lamovec (Willoughby Hills, Ohio/Willoughby South) started on the mound. He gave up five runs in 4.1 innings.
Williams went four-of-four on the day with three RBI and one run. Rua went three-of-five with three runs and one RBI. Raley and Giddings each had a pair of hits.
After the Timberwolves plated one in the first, the Storm offense got to work, scoring seven runs in the second. Peterlin led off the inning with a double and scored on a Tyler Bires (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst) triple. Dalton Davis (Hartville, Ohio/Uniontown Lake) followed up with a single to drive home Bires. After a Bledsoe double and a walk to Luebke to load the bases, Raley singled through the left side to score Bledsoe and Davis. Giddings continued the rally with a double down the left field line, scoring Luebke. After a pitching change, Williams grounded out but it brought Raley across the plate. A single to centerfield by Peterlin scored Giddings and gave the Storm their seventh run of the inning
However, the Timberwolves scored eight in the second and two in the third to take an 11-7 lead.
The Storm got back on the board in the fourth. With two outs, Williams was hit by a pitch. Peterlin followed up with a double to right field, bringing Williams home from first. Tyler Kmitt (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) singled to center which drove Peterlin home and brought the game within two runs, 11-9.
Bires led off the seventh by earning a walk. He advanced to third on a Bledsoe single. Luebke followed up with a RBI single, scoring Bires and bringing the game within one, 11-10. With Bledsoe and Luebke aboard, Giddings hit a three-run homerun to centerfield to give the Storm a 13-11 lead.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, Kmitt scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to three. Bledsoe earned a walk at the plate, loading the bases once again. After a pitching change, Luebke doubled down the right field line to drive in Davis and Bires. Raley followed up with a single to right center to bring Bledsoe across the plate, increasing the lead to 17-11. With Raley on second, Giddings hit an infield single to bring him home.
The Storm kept the Timberwolves off the board in the final two innings to earn the win.
Bires went four-of-five with one RBI and three runs. Giddings drove in five runs on three hits. Luebke had three RBI on three hits. Raley had three RBI while Peterlin had two.
Michael Stryffeler (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) picked up the win on the mound. In six innings of work he gave up no runs on three hits while striking out 10.