VERONA, Wis. – The baseball team fared well despite 10-1 and 8-3 losses to the Edgewood Eagles on Tuesday afternoon.
In game one, the ‘Saders had 11 hits compared to the Eagle’s 14, but it was the team’s errors that contributed to an Edgewood win.
Down 7-0 in the top of the fourth, Maranatha’s Cody Borland walked and senior Andy Timblin (Muscoda, Wis.) and freshman Jacob Bauer (Milwaukee, Wis.) each singled to put runners at first and second.
Borland eventually made it home on a walk to sophomore Galen Balinski (Mountainhome, Pa.), and the inning ended with three straight outs.
The Eagles capitalized on four Maranatha errors in the fifth inning with a run, but were held to one run and two hits the rest of the game by senior pitcher Derek Funkhouser (Paris, Ill.), who pitched eight innings, allowing eight earned runs, while striking out six batters.
Freshman shortstop Timothy Rogers (Willmar, Minn.) finished 3-5 while Bauer went 2-4 from the plate.
Maranatha came out firing in the second game with three runs in the top of the second for a 3-0 lead.
A walk to Bauer brought sophomore right fielder Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) home, and a single to left field by Rogers scored two more batters.
Edgewood cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and added four more runs in the fourth, but the Eagles were held in check for most of the game.
Balinski pitched eight innings, allowing eight runs for the loss, but the defense flipped the script from game one with no errors.
Five different Crusaders finished with a hit apiece, with senior Tim Shelp and Rost each going 1-3.
The team looks for continued improvement in a game against Lakeland College scheduled for Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Watertown.