WINONA LAKE, Ind. - The Forester baseball team put on a hitting clinic Saturday afternoon at Grace College to pick up a pair of lopsided wins at Miller Field for the sweep over the Lancers.
Huntington exploded for eight runs in the final three innings of the opener to seal a 10-4 win before racking up a season-high 18 runs in the nightcap on their way to an 18-6 debacle.
Holding onto a slight 2-1 advantage through the first four innings of game one, the Foresters extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth with three consecutive run scoring hits by Drew Adams, Jamon Hammel and Blake Ayers.
The Lancers matched that in their half of the frame to close within one at 5-4 but HU’s hot bats continued as they tacked on an insurance run by way of a Schultz RBI ground out in the sixth and piled on four more runs in their final at-bats to run away with the win.
Jordan Klopfenstein knocked in HU’s first run of the seventh. Schultz drove in his second run of the day and Josh Lanphier topped it off with a two-run base poke into left in his final trip to the plate.
Ethan Tribolet picked up the win in the circle by scattering eight hits and allowing four runs and one walk while striking out four in five innings of work.
HU finished with 13 hits as five different Foresters registered two hits in the contest.
The nightcap was chalked full of even more offense as the Foresters went 23-for-44 at the plate. Schultz finished with four hits which included a pair of doubles, tallied four RBI and scored four times. Klopfenstein also registered four hits in the contest and added an RBI while touching home four times. Lanphier hammered out three doubles and three RBI while three other Foresters registered two hits in the slugfest.
The Foresters sent a message early by posting 14 runs in the first three innings and never looked back. The Lancers went on to outscore the visitors 5-4 over the final four innings but it wasn’t near enough as HU cruised to the win.
Blake Hohlbein got the start but it was John Ripke, HU’s third pitcher to take the hill, who notched the win. In four innings of work, he gave up four hits, three runs and five walks while striking out five.
The Foresters (14-18, 9-9) are back at the friendly confine of Forest Glen Park on Tuesday to host Grace College at 4:30 p.m.