The Ice Haulers came into tonight’s game looking for their fifth straight win. Andino Vecchiolla (Freshman, Seton Hill University) took the mound for the Haulers, hoping to lead the team to their third straight victory over the Graders.
The Graders jumped out in front first, as their designated hitter, Nick Christopher would hit an RBI ground-out, driving in their lead-off hitter, Kaito Hara. Vecchiolla would struggle to find the strike zone for the Ice Haulers, as he would walk the centerfielder, Jay Luikart with the bases loaded. This walk would lead to a 2-0 lead, in favor of the Graders.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Ice Haulers would rally in six runs. Trailing 3-1, the second baseman, Drew Holderbach (Senior, Marietta College) would lead off with a walk. Then the shortstop, Mark Connelly (Sophomore, Lynchburg College) would follow up with a single. Following the single, the Hauler left fielder, Jackson Green (Freshman, East Tennessee State University) would reach on base with a walk, loading the bases.
With the bases loaded, the designated hitter, Bryce Richey (Junior, Tiffin University) would come up big. After a few days off action, he would hit an RBI single, driving in Holderbach. Then the catcher, Cambell Conard (Freshman, East Tennessee State University) would drive in two big runs, with another RBI single for the Ice Haulers. “It felt good to have a good line drive today. After being in a little slump, I was due for one. It was a lot of fun out there tonight, Conard said. The third baseman, Jordan Andrade (Freshman, University of Nevada Las Vegas) would then hit a ground-rule double to left field, driving in two more runs. The last run of the inning came off an RBI single, by Nick Mueller (Freshman, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi). The Ice Haulers now lead, 6-3.
The rest of the game would turn into an offensive batting duel between the two teams, as there were 23 hits combined. Notable Ice Hauler batters throughout the rest of the game were Zach Campbell (Senior, Tiffin University), and Scott Mackiewicz (Freshman, University of Toledo). Campbell went 3-4, with two doubles, an RBI, and a run. Mackiewicz would end his cold streak, going 2-4, with two runs, a triple, and an RBI.
After a highly offensive contest, the Haulers came out with a 12-7 victory. The Haulers have now improved to 12-6, staying in second place behind the Jet Box Baseball club in the North Division. “Needless to say, we are on a roll,” Coach Clay said, after obtaining their fifth straight win. Mitchell Spencer (Sophomore, University of South Carolina Upstate) would receive the winning decision for the Ice Haulers.
The Ice Haulers will return to Sports Force Parks tomorrow, to take on the Lima Locos at 7:00pm