Lakeland bats alive in doubleheader sweep
Athletics - posted on 5/1/2010
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland baseball team exploded for 30 hits in a doubleheader sweep, defeating Maranatha Baptist 18-2 and 11-1 in a pair of Northern Athletics Conference games at Lakeland.
The Muskies (19-15 overall, 10-8 NAC) also scored in all but two innings during the doubleheader, and held the Crusaders to just 10 hits.
In Game 1, senior Jacob Heinemeyer (Shiocton, Wis.) knocked the first and second home runs of his career and finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the contest.
"I'm glad it finally happened," Heinemeyer said. "I've been a base-hit type hitter, but it was nice to hit a couple out. I really didn't change my approach at all."
Juniors Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) and David Novak (Algoma, Wis.) also homered for the Muskies. Schartner nearly hit for the cycle, tallying four hits, four runs scored and two RBIs.
Lakeland also stole four bases and scored at least two runs in every inning. Eight of the team's nine starters totaled at least one hit.
Starting pitcher Andy Chitwood went the distance, allowing two runs (none earned) on six hits. The Muscoda, Wis., native also struck out three and picked up his team-leading fifth victory of 2010.
In the second game, starting pitcher Ryan Polizzi (Woodstock, Ill.) held Maranatha (4-18, 0-17) hitless into the fourth inning. Polizzi also pitched a complete game to pick up his first win of the season.
"'Izzy' mixed speeds well and located his pitches," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "That's the best he's done all year in that regard."
"Our pitchers pounded the strike zone and got ahead of the hitters, which are keys for us to win," Heinemeyer added. "It was a great job by those guys."
Schartner continued his fantastic day at the plate with a pair of hits, two runs scored and five RBIs. Novak added three hits and three RBIs.
"Coming into the games, we knew their pitchers would be more off-speed," Heinemeyer said. "We focused on staying tall and staying back, not getting ahead of the ball and just being patient."
The contest ended with a walk-off walk by freshman Cody Gust (Townsend, Wis.) in the seventh, giving Lakeland the win by the 10-run rule.
Heinemeyer accounted for three of the Muskies' six stolen bases in the game. Lakeland also drew nine walks.
The Muskies return to action on Monday at Marian. First pitch in Fond du Lac, Wis., is set for 3 p.m.
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