GOSHEN, Ind. – A late surge by the Foresters in Tuesday’s opener against the Maple Leafs led to a 10-6 win for Coach Frame and crew. HU went on to cruise to an 11-1 decision in the nightcap to improve to 22-20 overall, 16-12 in Crossroads play. With the league tourney approaching, Huntington is peaking at the right time as they have won seven of their last eight contests.
It was a rough start to the day as the Foresters managed just one hit through the first four innings while their counterparts manufactured four runs in the first two innings to take an early 4-0 lead. Avery Sneed finally got his team on the board in the top of the fifth with his first round tripper of the year, a solo shot to right.
HU’s offense came to life after that thanks in part to the Maple Leaf pitching staff. After three consecutive walks to open the sixth, Sneed and Dalton Combs each singled in a run to close the gap to 4-3. Michael Crowley tied things up with a sacrifice fly and Jared Green capped off the four-run rally with an RBI-single to give his team their first lead of the contest at 5-4.
Goshen would go on to tally a run in each of the final two innings but their visitors made sure it didn’t matter as they exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win. After Dylan Henricks, who opened up the frame with a walk, scored on a bobble, Sneed, Combs and Crowley all drove in runs.
Sneed came up big for the Foresters by finishing with three run-scoring hits. He also scored three times. Combs pounded out two hits, which included a triple, to knock in three runs while Green also posted a pair of hits and notched an RBI.
Andy Roser earned his first win for HU after relieving starter John Ripke in the third. Roser allowed just four hits, two runs and four walks while striking out two.
Riding the momentum from the late game rally, Huntington didn't slow down in the nightcap. HU scored runs in all but two innings to make for a lopsided affair. The top of the order proved to be the catalyst for HU as the first three batters in Henricks, Blake Ayers and Shea Beauchamp accounted for eight of Huntington’s 13 hits. Crowley was the only other Forester to register multiple hits in the double digit blowout.
Derek McKinney had another masterful performance on the mound to notch the complete-game victory. The senior hurler tossed six innings of scoreless ball before finally giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh. He allowed seven hits, one run and a walk while striking out two.
The Foresters wrap up the season series with the Maple Leafs on Thursday at Forest Glen Park.