BY PCC STAFF
BURLINGTON – The Holy Trinity Crusaders had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, but couldn’t get a runner around and dropped a 7-8 extra inning affair Friday against the Nikes in boys high school baseball action.
Sophomore Reed Fehseke, senior Collin Thornton and freshman Jason Thurman all drew walks to open the bottom of the eighth. But Fehseke was gunned down at the plate on a fielder’s choice when junior Kyle Bredemeyer hit a grounder to first. Bredemeyer reached on the fielder’s choice, to keep the bases loaded with one out.
Freshman Kadin Medland and senior Zander Schweiss both fanned in the next two at bats to end the game.
Fehseke went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the loss. Sophomore Quentin Schneider went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Bredemeyer led off with a single and then Medland got plunked putting two men on. Senior Zander Schweiss reached on an infield error that scored Bredemeyer from second. Medland scored when freshman Garrett Hannum grounded out to second. Schneider reached on walk with one out and moved to second on Jason Thurman’s ground out to short and then scored when Fehseke singled to center. Collin Thornton popped out to third to end the run.
The Nikes came back with six runs in the bottom half of the inning, chasing starter Medland for Jason Thurman. The Nikes’ Drew Chiprez, Mitchell Brent and Nick Skerik all doubled in the inning. Two fielder’s choices, a hit batsman, and a couple of singles did the rest of the damage and the Nikes were up 6-4.
HTC put two more up in the top of the third inning. Vasin Thurman, Bredemeyer and Schweiss all reached on fielding errors. Thurman scored on one of the errors and Bredemeyer came around to score on Schneider’s two-out double to left to tie the game at six.
The Nikes took the lead again in the bottom of the third when Carson Chiprez knocked in Riley Koenig for a 7-6 lead. Jason Thurman then settled in and held the Nikes in check until the eighth inning. The Crusaders tied the game in the sixth when Fehseke lined a one-out double to the corner in left and came around to score with two outs when Collin Thornton reached on a two-base error at third.
The Crusaders fall to 2-5 on the season and play host to Van Buren on Monday night at South Park
On Thursday, Collin Thornton when 3-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs in the 5-14 loss to New London at South Park.
Schneider, Jason Thurman and Fehseke all drew walks to open the bottom of the first after spotting the Tigers a two-run top half. Thornton reached on an error, that plated Schneider. Vasin Thurman then reached on a fielder’s choice at short that scored Jason Thurman and the Crusaders tied up the game at two after the first inning.
The Tigers broke the game open in the second and sixth innings, and then plated four more in the seventh. Freshman Cole Thornton threw the first 1 1/3 giving up five runs all earned on three hits and one strike out. Fehseke came in with one out in the second and went 3 1/3 innings giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and four strikeouts. Vasin Thurman threw two innings and gave up five runs. Kyle Bredemeyer was brought in in the top of the seventh to record the final out.
The Crusaders gave up nine runs over the last four innings but only managed to score three runs over the same period as New London pulled away for the win. Fehseke scored in the third off Collin Thornton’s triple. Jason Thurman came around to score in the bottom of the seventh on Thornton’s double, and then Fehseke came around to score on a ground out. Medland grounded out to short to end the game.