HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It took nine innings for the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (7-37, 4-27) to finally outlast the Forester baseball team 7-6 in game one at Forest Glen Park but HU came roaring back in the nightcap to wrap up the series with an 11-2 blowout.
Huntington moves to 23-21 overall, 17-13 in Crossroads play where they are currently sitting in 4th.
Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second, HU scored a run in each of the next three innings which included RBI-base pokes by Dylan Henricks and TJ Lindstrand to eventually deadlock things at 3-3. Two hits and a sacrifice fly in the fifth gave Goshen a 4-3 advantage but with one mighty swing, a shot that nearly cleared the left field bleachers, Shea Beauchamp pulled his team even with their visitors in the sixth.
After two innings of hitless ball, Goshen’s Paxson Miller smashed a game-winning double to left with bases loaded to plate three runs in the top of the ninth to give his team a comfortable 7-4 advantage. HU didn’t go down without a fight behind the bat of Michael Crowley. After Dalton Combs singled to left, Crowley logged HU’s second four bagger of the night to make it a one-run contest. Unfortunately HU’s rally was cut short as GC hurler David Leaman-Miller calmly worked his way out of the inning to notch the win.
Marc Bowers, who relieved Brock Gower in the seventh, took the loss for HU. In three innings on the mound, Bowers gave up two hits, three runs and a walk while striking out three.
Beauchamp and Bowers each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI. Blake Ayers and Avery Sneed also registered two hits in the losing effort.
Huntington wasted no time taking control of the nightcap by sending ten batters to the plate where they pounded out five of their nine hits and took advantage of a passed ball, wild pitch, two walks and an error to touch home six times to blow the game wide open in their opening at-bat.
They added two more runs in the second before outscoring the Maple Leafs 3-2 through the last five innings to solidify the win.
HU touched home three times directly off Maple Leaf errors and posted ten RBI of which Dan Wilcher tallied five including a two-run double as part of the first inning debacle. Lindstrand, Henricks and Michael Kempton also logged run-scoring hits in the contest.
Starting pitcher Blake Hohlbein registered the win. Through the first five innings, he scattered three hits, two runs and three walks while striking out one. Tyson Dietrich and Tanner Wyse combined to toss the final two innings of hitless relief.
The Foresters wrap up the regular season against Grace. HU will travel to Winona Lake on Saturday before returning to Forester Glen on Tuesday to host the Lancers.