The Ice Haulers came into the game tonight with six straight wins. After a 1-0 thriller victory over the Leprechauns, the Ice Haulers looked to keep the winning streak alive.
On the mound today, Gino Sabatine (Senior, Marietta College) had five solid innings, striking out nine total batters. He would also only allow one run in his high-quality start.
For the Ice Hauler batters, during the top of the first inning, Scott Mackiewicz (Freshman, University of Toledo) scored on a wild pitch. Then, the third-baseman Mark Connelly (Sophomore, Lansing Community College) would hit an RBI single. This would lead the Ice Haulers taking an early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Three Hillier (Freshman, Liberty University) would obtain his biggest hit of the season, with a solo shot to right field. “It is always great to get a win here, after losing by one during their opening night. We are going to be a tough team to beat. In the end, it felt good to finally get a piece of one,” said Hillier.
In the top of the third, first baseman, Drew Holderbach (Junior, Marietta College) would hit a solo shot, extending the lead 3-1 for the Ice haulers. “The home run opened up the game and gave us more momentum. It gave us a lot of confidence. It feels good to have a four RBI game. The guys show a lot of support, which builds a good chemistry. This is a great group of guys to work with. We got a lot of wins coming,” Holderbach said. Holderbach also finished with three hits and three runs.
There was another valuable moment for the team tonight, as the Ice Haulers welcomed their new left fielder, Nick Mueller (Freshman, Texas A U Corpus Christi). In his first game as an Ice Hauler, he would also join the homerun hit parade. “The home run felt great. I’m excited to work with these guys,” Mueller said. Mueller finished the game going 1-3 with two RBIs, three runs, and a stolen base.
As he continues to prove that he is one of the best batters in the league right now, Scott Mackiewicz would have a home run himself, after hitting a three-run blast in the top of the seventh inning. “The Ice Haulers are hot. All we are doing is bringing up our confidence. We got a good one tomorrow against Jet Box. We are having fun, and we can’t wait to keep the homerun balls going,” Mackiewicz said. Mackiewicz has now increased his batting average to .462.
After several big hits and home runs hit for the Ice haulers tonight, they would run rule the Graders, 15-1. The Ice Haulers have now won seven straight games, after starting the season 0-5. “It was a great game for all pitchers and hitters,” Coach Bill Clay said.
The Ice Haulers will again be traveling on the road tomorrow, as they will head over to Michigan to take on the current division leaders, the Jet Box Baseball Club. The team looks to keep moving up in the standings and continuing to play well as a team.