HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester baseball team wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedule by splitting with Grace College, 4-7, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon at Forest Glen Park. HU closes out the season with its fifth consecutive series win, a 3-1 advantage over the Lancers, against a conference foe.
Despite outhitting Grace 11-9 in the opener, Huntington wasn’t able to capitalize on their advantage as they played catchup the entire contest.
HU’s only run through the first five innings came in the bottom of the first on TJ Lindstrand’s RBI-fielder’s choice. They were already playing catchup as the Lancers logged a pair of runs in their first at-bat for a 2-1 lead after the opening frame.
GC would go on to score five more runs before Huntington strung together a three-run rally in the sixth. In addition to registering three hits in the frame, the Foresters also took advantage of control issues in the Lancers’ pitching staff to close to within three.
After back-to-back singles by Dalton Combs and Michael Crowley, Combs came around to score on a wild pitch. Marc was hit by a pitch and eventually touched home on a Jared Green single but not before a second wild pitch had already plated another Forester run to make for a 7-4 contest as neither team scored after that.
Bowers and Shea Beauchamp each finished with a pair of hits to pace HU at the plate.
Starting pitcher Brock Gower took the loss, giving up eight hits and seven runs while striking out four through the first 5.1 innings before being relieved by Tanner Wyse.
For as rough as the day started for Huntington, it ended on a high note as they stormed back for a comfortable 6-1 win in the nightcap.
Blake Hohlbein held the Lancers in check to notch his fifth win of the year. The junior right-hander tossed the first six innings where he scattered five hits and gave up one run and two walks while striking out four. Tyson Dietrich closed out the contest by providing an inning of scoreless relief to pick up the save.
Bowers picked up where he left off by knocking in HU’s first two runs, his first RBI on a second-inning single to left and his second on a double in the fourth to the same spot. Dylan Henricks, Brock Gower and Blake Ayers drove in runs after that to pull away from their visitors for the win.
Bowers and Ayers each finished with two hits and two RBI while Gower also tallied two hits, scored a run and drove in another.
Huntington (26-22, 20-14) now turns its attention to the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament. The fourth-seeded Foresters will host fifth-seeded Saint Francis at Forest Glen Park in a single game on Saturday.