WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Maple Leaf baseball team could not slow the offensive attack of host Grace College, losing both games of a road double header on Sunday and ultimately the Crossroads League series 3-1.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the teams agreed to move the final two games of the series up to Sunday in order to avoid the forecasted rain. They split the opening double header of the series in Goshen on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs took the initial lead in game one in Winona Lake on Sunday. Senior Benjamin Kelly led off the second inning with a double to deep left-center field and then scored on an RBI single by freshman Jeremy Wiebe. That would be their only lead of the afternoon, though.
Grace responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to go up 2-1. Goshen did manage to tie the score back up in the fourth when freshman Brandon Wright doubled and eventually scored on a Lancer error. A big six-run outburst by Grace in the bottom half of the frame, though, put the game away and they eventually won 11-4.
Wright and Wiebe each went 2-for-4 to lead Goshen. After game one, Wright had gone six for his previous eight (three doubles), while Wiebe is now on a five-game hitting streak and has raised his season batting average to .299. Tyler Weber went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and CJ Swartz was a perfect 4-for-4 with knock knocked in for Grace.
A pair of doubles helped Grace get off to a strong start in game two. They scored three times in the first inning, which proved to be enough in a 6-1 victory to clinch the series.
Goshen's lone run came in the second when Arick Armington doubled, stole third, and scored on a Wright sacrifice fly. Armington doubled twice in the game and now has 13 for the season, tying him for sixth on the program's single-season record list. He is also a perfect 12-for-12 on stolen base attempts.
Armington's two doubles were two of just three hits the Leafs managed off Kier West, who went the distance on the mound for Grace. Offensively, Mike Shank, Dillon Papa, and Joey Hickerson each had two hits for the Lancers.
Goshen (3-28, 2-16 CL) is now scheduled to be off until Wednesday. They have a single nine-inning contest slated at NCAA DI Valparaiso University on Wednesday before starting a league series against Mount Vernon University in Ohio on Thursday.