MARS HILL, N.C. – The Lake Erie College baseball team was in action today as they tied Mars Hill 14-14 in extra innings.
Lake Erie jumped out to an early 2-0 lead two batters into the game. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) and Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina) combined for back-to-back homeruns in the first inning.
The Lions cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning, Lake Erie regained a two-run lead with three hits. Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) and Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) had two straight singles with one out. Birchmeier followed with a RBI single, scoring Erzen from third base.
Mars Hill scored one run in the second inning and three in the third as they took a 5-3 advantage.
The Storm tied the contest at five with two runs scored in the top of the fourth. Birchmeier reached on a hit by pitch with one out. Peterson singled before both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) scored Birchmeier from third base with an RBI single. Williams would later score on a two-out wild pitch.
The Lions took the 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI single.
A big sixth inning for Lake Erie put the Storm up 9-6 on the tune of four runs on three hits and an error. Peterson led off with a walk and Williams reached on an error. Corbin Paxton (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) brought Peterson home with a RBI single. Two batters later, Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) plated Williams from second base. Paxton crossed the plate on an infield single by pinch-hitter Brady Minetti (Mckees Rocks, Pa. / Montour). A wild pitch brought Waller home for the fourth run of the inning.
A single run in the bottom of the sixth cut the Storm's lead to 9-7.
After a scoreless seventh and eighth inning Lake Erie loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, and pushed across four runs to take a 12-7 advantage. Paxton, Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf), and Waller all scored on walks. Minetti capped off the four run ninth by stealing home for the Storm.
The Lions answered with six runs in the bottom half of the ninth and tied the game at 13 runs apiece, which forced extra innings.
The Storm grabbed a 14-13 lead in the top half of the tenth when Peterson hit his second homerun of the game.
Mars Hill answered with a solo homerun of their own in the bottom of the tenth to tie the game at 14-14. The game ended in a tie, as it became to dark to continue play.
Head Coach Cameron Castro said, "I am really proud of the way the offense showed up today. That is the kind of offensive performance that we are capable of every game."
Lake Erie will close out the Spring Break trip with a game at Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 4:00 PM.