PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College baseball team closed out the 2017 season with a home doubleheader against the Hillsdale College Chargers on Sunday (May 7).
Lake Erie took the opener with an 11-7 win and fell in the nightcap 6-5.
Lake Erie jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele) plated Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg), who doubled, with a RBI double to right center field. Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) followed with a RBI single to score Rua.
Hillsdale scored four runs in the third inning, taking a 4-2 lead.
Williams cut the Storm deficit to 4-3 in the third inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Sam Browning (Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas).
The Storm sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth inning as they scored five runs with two outs for an 8-4 lead. Lake Erie loaded the bases with two singles and a hit batter. Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) coaxed a walk with the bases loaded, scoring a run. Alex Lind (Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati Elder) singled home a pair of runs, leading to a Hillsdale pitching change. Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf) picked up after the pitching change as he singled home a run. Brady Minetti (Mckees Rocks, Pa. / Montour) capped the five-run frame with an RBI single of his own.
The Chargers charged back with three runs in the sixth inning as they pulled within one run at 8-7.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Lake Erie added some insurance runs. The Storm had runners on the corners and one out before a pitching change. Lind walked to load the bases before Carver doubled home a pair of runs. On the play, a third run scored on an error by the catcher.
Jeremy Wei (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) shut the Chargers down in the seventh as the Storm took game one 11-7.
Birchmeier was one of four players with a multi-hit game as he went three-for-three with two runs scored. Rua had two hits and three runs scored. Carver had two hits and plated three runs of his own. Minetti was the fourth player with more than one hit.
Hillsdale took a 1-0 lead in the third inning before the Storm tied it in the fourth inning. Rua lined a two-out double to left field. Williams followed with an infield single. On the play, Rua scored on an error by the catcher.
The Chargers scored two runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth for a 6-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Lake Erie loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. Lind walked with the bases full, forcing home a run. Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) took ball four and brought home another run. A fielder's choice from Jacob Armstrong (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) and an error on a potential double play ball brought the Storm within a run at 6-5.
The Storm worked out of two bases loaded jams in the seventh and ninth innings to keep the game 6-5.
In the ninth, Browning opened the frame with a double and moved to third on a groundout. The tying run was stranded at third base as the Chargers won game two 6-5.
Browning, Rua and Williams all had two hits each as the Storm had nine hits in the game.