The Ice Haulers came into tonight’s game with 10 straight wins. After a win on the road against the Michigan Monarchs, the Haulers headed back to Sandusky to take on the Galion Graders. Andino Vecchiolla (Freshman, Seton Hill University) took the mound for Sandusky Bay.
After two shutout innings by both starting pitchers, the Ice Haulers struck first in the third inning. The designated hitter, Tucker McEnroe (Freshman, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) had his first game coming off his injury. He led the bottom of the third with a double, setting up the first RBI with a 4-3 groundout, hit by the third baseman, Bryce Richey (Junior, Tiffin University).
In the bottom of the fourth, Nick Mueller (Freshman, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) led off with a single. Scott Mackiewicz (Freshman, University of Toledo) would then walk after a full count at-bat. After a wild pitch by the Graders, Mueller and Mackiewicz would advance to second and third. The shortstop, Mark Connelly (Sophomore, Lansing Community College) would then groundout to second, driving in Mueller. This would make it a 2-0 lead for the Ice Haulers. However, an extra run would come off another wild pitch by the Graders, allowing Mackiewicz to score.
Andino Vecchiolla would go six innings, striking out nine batters, allowing just one earned run, with three hits. “I felt more comfortable compared to my last two starts. I did a lot more work during the week and found the comfort zone. Haulers are hot,” Vecchiolla said.
As the Graders trailed 3-1, they would gain an extra run in the seventh, making the defecate to just one run. However, the Ice Haulers gained two insurance runs in the seventh inning. Tucker McEnroe would have an RBI single, as well as Cambell Conard (Freshman, East Tennessee state University).
The Ice Haulers were victorious tonight against the Graders, with a score of 5-2. The Ice Haulers are now currently on an 11-game winning streak. The team has improved their record to 18-6. The Ice Haulers will begin their long road trip tomorrow, as they head to Lima to take on the Locos.