After the Ice Haulers won their fifth straight game in Adrian, Michigan over the Monarchs, the team was looking to stay hot.
On the mound for the Ice Haulers was their ace starter, Landon Smiddy (Sophomore, East Tennessee State University). In contrary, for the Leprechauns was another high-quality pitcher, Derek Clark. The two would contest in a pitcher’s duel, as both pitchers were solid in tonight’s game.
Landon Smiddy had seven strong innings against the Leprechauns. He had four strikeouts, giving up just four hits and one walk. Smiddy would also lower his ERA, after not giving up a single run in his seven innings of work.
During the eighth inning, the Ice Haulers called Mitchell Spencer (Sophomore, University of Nevada Las Vegas) to the mound, hoping he could carry on the Ice Hauler’s successful pitching against the Leprechauns. Facing his first batter, the Leprechaun third baseman, Hayden Sullivan hit a ground ball to Spencer. However, Spencer would not make an accurate throw to Drew Holderbach (Junior, Marietta College), which would put the lead-off man on first. In the next at-bat, Sullivan would steal second, putting a runner in scoring position with nobody out. Then, Sullivan would advance to third by a 1-3 ground-out to first. This would lead to Spencer facing the top of the order with nobody out. However, he came up with a big strikeout on Trent Farquhar. In the next at-bat, Jordan Andrade (Freshman, University of Nevada Las Vegas) came up with a diving stop at shortstop and would rob the Leprechauns a run after a 6-3 putout.
This game would go into ten innings. During the bottom of the tenth, Campbell Conard (Senior, East Tennessee State University) led-off with a double. The Ice Hauler’s would bring in Tyson Mickey (Sophomore, Middle Tennessee State University) to pinch-run for Conard, as they looked to put speed on the bases for that big run they needed. Jordan Andrade would be next to come to the plate. After two unsuccessful bunt attempts, he lined it to center, putting runners on first and third with nobody out. The Leprechauns would intentionally walk the Ice Hauler centerfielder, Zachary Campbell (Senior, Tiffin University). As the bases were loaded, Drew Holderbach would ground to third, allowing Hayden Sullivan to make the force out on Tyson Mickey. Scotty Mackiewicz (Freshman, University of Toledo) would come to the plate, hitting the game-winning sacrifice fly. Mitchell Spencer got the winning decision, as he also tallied up five total strikeouts.
After a great pitcher’s duel, the Ice Hauler’s got their first walk-off win in history as a team, with a 1-0 score. “The double was a huge momentum shift. It was a great moment for the team, and we are happy to come out with the win. We’re the hottest team in the league right now,” Conard said.
The Ice Haulers will travel to Galion Wednesday, June 16, as they will look for that seventh straight win.