BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
LONE TREE – Back to back singles by Collin Thornton and Vasin Thurman with two outs in the top of the eighth inning set the stage for Zander Schweiss’ two-run single to give Holy Trinity a win over Lone Tree on the road Thursday night.
With the teams tied at seven going into the extra eighth inning, Garrett Hannum led off with a walk on four straight balls and reached second on an error. Quentin Schneider then struck out and Jason Thurman walked to put runners at first and second.
Sophomore Reed Fehseke then reached on a fielder’s choice to short, and Thurman was thrown out at second leaving Fehseke at first and Hannum at third.
Thornton then laced a single to left to score Hannum and move Fehseke to second. Vasin Thurman then followed with a bloop into right field that plated Fehseke to give HTC a 9-7 advantage. Thornton moved to second on the play.
Kadin Medland then drew a 5-pitch walk to load the bases and Zander Schwiess singled to deep left scoring Thornton and Thurman. Medland was thrown out at the plate trying to make it all the way around from first, leaving the Crusaders up 11 to 7.
Lone Tree was able to get one of the runs back in the bottom of the eight. Avery Knock led off with a double and advanced to third on an errant throw in from the outfield. He scored on a ground out to short and then Jason Thurman got a strike out and a ground out to third to button up the game.
The Crusaders have only scored two runs in the first four innings all season, scoring most of their runs in the last two or three innings. They put up all 11 runs after the fourth inning Tuesday night.
Hannum started his first game as a varsity player and went 2 2/3 innings giving up four runs all earned on two hits and struck out four.
Reed Fehseke came in in relief in the third and struck out four in two innings of work giving up one run. Fehseke has 17 strikeouts in just over eight innings of work, averaging more than two per inning for the Crusaders. For the season he’s carrying a 0.81 ERA mostly in relief duty.
Kyle Bredemeyer relieved Fehseke in the fifth and gave up two runs, both earned in one inning. Thurman came in the 6th and pitched the last three innings for the win.
“Garrett Hannum did an excellent job in his first varsity start on the mound,” Head Coach Albert Schinstock said. “Reed, Kyle and Jason all did a great job coming in in relief and mixing up their pitches, keeping the batters off-balance. It’s great to see so many of these kids stepping up and making big plays.”
Thurman also led the Crusaders at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Vason Thurman had four RBIs. Schweiss and Thornton both had two hits in the win.
The Crusaders are 2-3 on the season and play host to New London on Thursday night with a 7 p.m. start time.