Luke Lashutka (Freshman, St Bonaventure University) took the mound for the Ice Haulers, as they continued their road trip to Celina, Ohio, to take on the Grand Lake Mariners. The Ice Haulers were looking for their 13th straight wins, after winning 19 of their last 20.
The Ice Haulers struck first, as the catcher, Tyler Byrd (Freshman, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) hit a two-run double in the top of the fourth, to make it a 2-0 lead for Sandusky Bay. However, the Mariners would get back one of the runs in the bottom of the fourth. The fourth inning would end with a score of 2-1, in favor for the Ice Haulers.
Three innings later, the Mariners would hit a sacrifice fly, to tie the game. This would be the final run scored in regulation.
Going into extra innings, the Ice Haulers tallied up two runs in the eleventh. Tyler Byrd would have another big RBI, and would later score on a fielder’s choice, hit by Zachary Campbell (Senior, Tiffin University). This made it a 4-2 lead for the Ice Haulers. As the two teams headed into the bottom of the inning, Owen Kovacs (Junior, East Tennessee State University) was called from the bullpen to close the game. The Mariners would not go down without a fight, as they would tie the game up again.
In the top of the twelfth inning, the Haulers would fight to get two more runs. One run came from a Mariner pass ball, and an error throw, which would allow another runner to score. This gave the Haulers a 6-4 lead, heading into the bottom of the inning. The Mariners would strike with one more run but would come up just short in the end.
Owen Kovacs would get the winning decision, as the Ice Haulers won a thriller in Celina, with a final score of 6-5. The Ice Haulers have now won 13 straight games. Next win would break the highest winning streak that any Sandusky baseball club has ever put up. The Ice Haulers will have a chance to break that record tomorrow, at Galion. First pitch will begin at 7:00pm, as they will take on the Graders.
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