The Ice Haulers came into tonight’s game, hoping to extend their win streak up to seven games. Trailing just a half game behind the Jet Box Baseball Club, the Ice Haulers would take on the Royal Oak Leprechauns. The Leprechauns had swept Jet Box in a double header the previous day. Jeremy Grayley (Junior, West Virginia State University) took the mound for the Ice Haulers.
Again, the Ice Haulers would trail first. The Leprechauns would draw first blood, knocking in four runs off Jeremy Grayley. However, the Ice Haulers have been in this situation many of times this season.
The Ice Haulers would get two runs back in the bottom of the first, after a couple of RBI hits by Drew Holderbach (Senior, Marietta College) and Mark Connelly (Sophomore, Lansing Community College). This would cut the Leprechaun lead in half, with a score of 4-2.
The Ice Haulers would then score two more runs in the second inning and three in the third. After five unanswered runs, the Ice Haulers then lead 10-4. Notable at bats during those two innings included an RBI single by Zachary Campbell (Senior, Tiffin University) and Scott Mackiewicz’s (Freshman, University of Toledo) two RBI single. Both big hits came in the third inning. However, Mackiewicz also had another RBI in the second inning, putting him at three RBIs total already in the ballgame.
After the Leprechauns scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Ice Haulers would get the two runs back in the bottom of the sixth and seventh inning. The big runs came from a Leprechaun wild pitch, allowing the left fielder, Dominic Magliocca (Freshman, Miami University) to score in the sixth. Then, in the seventh inning, Nolan O’ Connell (Sophomore, University of Findlay) came into pitch hit. He would have a big Sacrifice Fly RBI, allowing the Centerfielder, Nick Mueller (Freshman, Texas A&M Corpus Christi) to score. Mueller also had three hits (including two doubles), a walk, and an RBI.
The Leprechauns would score one run in the top of the eighth inning, and four in the ninth inning off Cal Johnston (Sophomore, Lansing Community College). After the Leprechauns started to rally, Coach Clay would bring out the closer, Grayson Thurman (Senior, Lynchburg College), to close the rest of the game. With only one out to obtain, Thurman would retire the last batter with just one pitch. The Haulers would win a close game, with a final score of 12-11.
The Ice Haulers have now won seven straight games. They now have also won 14 out of their last 15 games. This win puts the Ice Haulers tied with the Jet Box Baseball Club on top of the division.
The Ice Haulers will look to continue to stay hot tomorrow. As they take on the Grand Lake Mariners at 7:00pm in Sandusky, Ohio.