SHEBOYGAN, WI – It took five innings for the Lakeland Muskies to finally break through a stifling Maranatha defense, but the Muskies ended on top, with a 3-1 game one victory on Monday afternoon, while defeating the Crusaders 23-9 in the second game.
Freshman pitcher Caleb Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA) pitched four scoreless innings of baseball, and allowed just three hits in the span, but finally succumbed in the fifth when the Muskies doubled twice to open the inning, and finished with four hits and three runs.
Cody Borland (Oakley, CA) singled in the top of the sixth, kick-starting a rally that pushed Maranatha to within two, on a throwing error by the second baseman, scoring Borland on the play.
The rally ended though, on a groundout, and Lakeland pitched a three-and out to end the game in the seventh inning.
Lakeland exploded for 18 hits and 23 runs in game two, and grabbed an early 4-0 lead. Three Maranatha hits in the third, including RBI singles by Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN) and Galen Balinski (Mountainhome, PA) erased that deficit to 4-2, and freshman pitcher Greg Scheiderer (Toledo, OH) held the Muskies to one run in the next inning.
The offensive fireworks started in the fourth for Lakeland, who scored 10 runs on nine hits, but Maranatha had no shortage of firepower in the sixth, punching out seven runs. Freshman infielder Andrew Taylor (Chesapeake, VA) had a big double that scored both Scheiderer, and Adam Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA) while three other players finished with an RBI, including a Roger’s single to bring Josiah Lyle (Stoughton, WI) across home plate.
Maranatha trailed by 15-9 after the sixth, but Lakeland buried the Crusaders in the sixth with eight more runs for the win.
Scheiderer took his third loss of the season, pitching 3.2 innings in the loss, while Borland compiled a 3-4 day from the plate, and Rogers also had a strong game, going 2-4 with two RBI’s.