MEQUON, Wis. – The baseball team returned to Mequon, Wis., this time to play the host team, Concordia Wisconsin who snagged a doubleheader sweep over Maranatha, 16-0 and 11-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusader played a doubleheader on Friday against Marian University at Concordia Wisconsin due to unplayable field conditions in Watertown.
The team’s, and entire conference’s season has been a wash because of unexpected weather conditions which has pushed a majority of games back to the final weeks of April, and early May.
Against the Falcons, Maranatha notched seven hits in seven innings, with sophomore right fielder Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) and first baseman Derek Funkhouser (Paris, Ill.) each recording 2 hits apiece.
The team’s defense had just two errors, but could not keep pace with the Falcons, who scored five runs in the third and six runs in the fifth inning.
Senior pitcher Garett Ordway (Pensacola, Fla.) threw for six innings, allowing 12 hits, and nine earned runs while striking out two.
In the fourth inning of game two, sophomore second baseman Galen Balinski (Mountainhome, Pa.) doubled to left center and Ordway singled, putting runners at first and third.
Balinski made it home on a single by Rost, and the Crusaders trailed Concordia 7-1 at the bottom of the inning.
Maranatha’s pitching, led by Rost, held the Falcons to four runs the rest of the game on five hits as the second-year player allowed seven earned runs while striking out one.
The team finished with four hits and dropped to 2-11 overall, but look ahead to a matchup against the Edgewood Eagles on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Verona, Wis.
The games against Edgewood had been rescheduled twice, with the recent postponement on Thursday, April 11.