PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College baseball team wrapped up its four-game home Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) series against Ohio Dominican University Sunday (April 24).
The Storm fell in game one 12-10 but bounced back in game two for a 10-8 win. For the weekend, the Storm won three-of-four.
After the Storm kept the Panthers off the board in the top of the first, they got to work right away. On the first pitch of the inning, Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) homered to right field to put the Storm in front. With two outs in the inning, Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) hit a solo shot to dead center to increase the lead to two.
After the Panthers cut the lead in half in the third, Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) hit a homerun to center to give the Storm a two run lead once again. With two outs, Kody Bledsoe (Elyria, Ohio/Amherst Steele) singled and reached third on a Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) double that hit the fence. Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf) followed up with a double down the right field line, scoring Bledsoe and Luebke to increase the lead to 5-1.
The Panthers added two in the fourth.
Birchmeier led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field and moved to third on a Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) single. Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) drove Birchmeier home with a single through the right side. With Raley on third, Williams hit a sac fly to right field to bring him across the plate and increase the lead to 7-3.
However, the Panthers plated four in the fifth and four more in the sixth to take an 11-7 lead.
Raley got the Storm back on track with a solo shot to right field to lead off the bottom of the sixth. After Williams singled through the left side, Giddings hit his second homerun of the day, this one to left center, to bring the score within one.
The Panthers added one in the top of the seventh and kept the Storm off the board in the bottom of the frame to seal the win.
Giddings led the Storm with two home runs and three RBI. Birchmeier, Raley and Williams also homered. Williams and Carver had a pair of RBI.
The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first.
After Ryan Grieco (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) led off the bottom of the frame with a single, Raley crushed a shot to right center, lowering the lead to one.
Bledsoe led off the second with a single and moved to third on a Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) single. Grieco brought him home on a single through the right side, tying the game at three. Raley continued the rally for the Storm, doubling to center to bring Rua home and give the Storm the lead.
The Panthers responded with three runs in the top of the third.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Bledsoe singled. After a Luebke double, Carver brought him home to narrow the gap to one.
Peterlin led off the fifth with a single. Jake Csizmadia (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) pinch ran for Peterlin and moved up to third on a fielder's choice hit by Bledsoe. Luebke brought him in with a single to tie the game at six. With the bases loaded, Grieco singled to center, bringing Luebke and Bledsoe home.
The Panthers scored two in the seventh to tie the game at eight.
Luebke led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. A sac bunt by Austin Bovenzi (Fairport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) brought him to second. Rua drove him in on a single to give the Storm the lead once again.
Raley led off the eighth with a single through the left side and moved to second on a pass ball. Williams followed up with a single through the right side, scoring Raley and giving the Storm a two run lead.
Michael Stryffeler (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) closed the door for the Storm, picking up the save and sealing the win.
Raley led the offense going three-of-four with three RBI, two runs and a walk. Grieco went three-of-five with three RBI and a run. Luebke had three hits, two runs and one RBI. Beldsoe scored three times with two hits.
Connor Ryan (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) picked up the win, going three innings allowing two runs with three strikeouts. Stryffeler struck out two in two innings of work.
The Storm is back in action next weekend at Tiffin University.