UPLAND, Ind. - It was night and day for the Forester baseball as they destroyed Taylor 13-3 before the Trojans returned the favor, 14-5, in Saturday’s conference face-off at Winterholter field.
In game one, HU pounded out 21 hits to score in all but the sixth to hand the league’s 2nd-ranked team its fifth Crossroads loss.
The contest featured four long balls with Shea Beauchamp logging half of them in back-to-back innings. He opened up the fourth with a solo shot and then registered a three-run blast over the left field fence in the top of the fifth. Michael Crowley started the slugfest with a solo blast in the third while Jake West accounted for the hosts’ only four-dinger.
Taylor managed all three runs in the fifth but not before HU had its most productive at-bats in their half of the frame which included Beauchamp’s 3 RBI-homer that preceeded a Dylan Henricks’ run-scoring single.
Henricks finished with four hits, scored two runs and drove in two more to pace HU offensively. Beauchamp, TJ Lindstrand and Crowley added three hits apiece with Beauchamp and Lindstrand tallying four and two RBI respectively in a contest where every Forester who stepped up to the plate registered at least one hit. Eight different Foresters also picked up at least one RBI in the lopsided win.
Brock Gower pitched a gem. The sophomore hurler held the Trojans hitless through the first four innings before giving up three hits, three runs and four walks while striking out seven for the complete-game victory.
The tables turned in the nightcap as TU outhit their visitors 20-5 to return the lopsided favor.
HU saved all five of its hits for the fourth when they unloaded for four runs but the game was well out of reach as the Trojans had built a 13-1 advantage by the point. The inning featured two homers but this time it was Crowley and Henricks who powered two balls out of play for the first time this season, each a two-run blast.
HU’s first run came by way of a Beauchamp sacrifice fly in the third.
Starting pitcher Blake Hohlbein took the loss for HU, giving up 11 hits, 11 runs, nine earned, and three walks while striking out one in 2.1 innings on the mound.
Crowley was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate and posted two RBI in the losing effort.
The Foresters (15-19, 9-11) are currently sixth in league standings. They turn around to face Taylor again on Tuesday at Forest Glen Park.