Muskies Split with Crusaders
Athletics - posted on 4/16/2007
The Lakeland baseball team split with Northern Athletics Conference foe Maranatha Baptist, falling 5-4 in 12 innings and then winning 14-3 on Monday in Watertown.
In game one, the Muskies (9-15, 5-7 NAC) were the first to score in the second inning with a double by freshman Jacob Schoemann and a single by sophomore Alex Grant to make it a 2-0 ball game. The Crusaders (4-13, 1-9 NAC) answered with a run in the sixth and a pair of runs in the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. Lakeland battled back with a run in the ninth to tie things up. Both teams scored in the 11th inning, with the Crusaders finally taking the contest with a run in the bottom of the 12th.
The Muskies left 15 runners on base in the contest. Sophomore Alex Grant led the offense, going 5-7 at bat with one RBI.
Sophomore Kris Saiberlich pitched seven innings, striking out nine Crusader batters.
In the second game, the Crusaders got on the board with a pair of runs in the second inning and another in the third. However, the Muskies refused to let the Crusaders gain the upper hand in the game, as the third run was their last. The Muskies finally got their offense going at that point to battle back with a run in the third inning, three in the sixth, and one in the eighth. Mitch Heinemeyer had a three-RBI double in the top of the ninth to secure the Muskies' win.
Senior Brett Anschutz and freshman Eric Hettman went 2-5 at the plate with the rookie getting a pair of RBI's, while Schoemann and sophomore Shaun Loch each went 3-for-4 with one RBI in the second game. Mitch Heinemeyer had four RBI's in the contest.
Anschutz pitched five strong innings in relief, giving up only two hits.
The Muskies will continue their NAC schedule at home with a doubleheader against Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday, Apr. 21. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m.
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