GRACE 6, TAYLOR 3
Grace’s baseball team continued its Cinderella run through the Crossroads League Tournament, upsetting host Taylor in Upland on Saturday.
The Lancers (16-25) won behind timely hitting as well as sharp pitching performances by Logan Swartzentruber and David Anderson.
With the win, Grace will take on Marian on Monday at 4 p.m. Marian is the only other undefeated team in the double-elimination tournament.
With a win over Marian, Grace would play for the tournament championship on Tuesday. With a loss, the Lancers would still have a chance by battling through the losers’ bracket.
Swartzentruber threw a memorable outing as the starter. He went seven innings, allowing just three runs with a pair of strikeouts to give Grace a chance.
Taylor opened up a 2-0 lead early in the contest in front of its home crowd. The Trojans scored with two outs in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the third.
But the Lancers had a big run up their sleeves, and Grace seized momentum with a three-run fifth inning.
Jacob Sapp and R.J. Snyder reached base to start the inning, and Anderson drove in the Lancers’ first run with an RBI single. Sam Newkirk then brought in two more runs on the next at-bat with a well-placed single.
Taylor managed to tie the game in the seventh with an RBI single.
With the scored knotted 3-3 in the eighth, Grace pulled ahead. The Lancers loaded the bases thanks to a single, an error and a walk.
Mitchell Enyart then laced a two-run single to the outfield, putting Grace on top 5-3 and forcing Taylor to go to its bullpen again.
Anderson came in to pitch in the bottom of the eighth and shut Taylor down 1-2-3, and Grace added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Xavier Harris singled with two outs to plate Snyder for a 6-3 edge.
Anderson pitched another perfect inning in relief during the ninth, striking out one and obtaining a pair of flyouts to end the game.
Anderson picked up the save with two clean innings of relief, and he also batted 2-for-4 with a run, a stolen base and an RBI from the leadoff position.
Sapp went 2-for-4, and Newkirk was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Harris scored and drove in a run, and Enyart was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Grace’s 16 wins are the second-most since 2012.
WARSAW 8, ELKHART MEMORIAL 3
Warsaw baseball took awhile to get its offense going in a game at Elkhart Memorial Saturday, but the Tigers used a six-run sixth to take a comfortable lead and never looked back.
Warsaw’s big inning was highlighted by a three-run home run from Liam Patton, a base-hit bunt by Josh Ehrlinger, a two-run single from Noah Burgh and an RBI single from Ian Glogovsky.
The Tigers got things started in the first inning when Matt Shoemaker singled on a 2-2 count, scoring Glogovsky. The Chargers would then score two of their own in the third inning to go ahead, 2-1. Warsaw would tie things up in the fifth, however, when Burgh scored on a double by Glogovsky.
Glogovsky took the win for Warsaw. He pitched four innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out four. Drake Graham started the game for the Tigers. He lasted three innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four.
Joey Springer, Glogovsky, Patton and Burgh each collected multiple hits for Warsaw (6-11), which is in action next on Monday at home versus Plymouth. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, in JV action, an early lead helped Warsaw Elkhart Memorial 7-3 on Saturday.
The JV Tigers pulled away for good with six runs in the second inning. Complete results from that game were unavailable.
WAWASEE 4, CONCORD 3
Wawasee earned a thrilling NLC win over Concord in walk-off fashion Saturday.
After jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, the Warriors fell behind with runs by the Minutemen in the second and fourth innings. The home team tied it up with a run in the fifth, however, and the score remained knotted at 3 until Wawasee’s game-winner in the bottom of the seventh in Syracuse.
Kam Salazar finished 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, Parker Young batted in two runs, and Gabe Morre went 2-for-4 on his way to two runs scored in the win, which pushes Wawasee to 10-6 and 5-4 in the conference.
Jacob Krugman got the win coming in in the seventh to relieve Salazar. He gave up no hits and no walks in the closer role. Salazar allowed eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts for three earned runs over six innings of work.
Carter Neveraski, Kaleb Sotebeer and Hunter Dutton recorded RBIs for Concord. Neveraski, Cal Whitaker and Zaven Kottookian scored runs for the Minutemen.
Cal Whitaker took the loss attempting the save in the seventh, giving up a hit for a run. Hunter Dutton got the start and gave up six hits and a walk with two strikeouts for three runs, none earned.
Wawasee will play NorthWood on Monday at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile for Wawasee’s JV, the junior varsity Warriors won their game with Concord by a remote, 11-4 margin Saturday.
Jonas Bailey finished 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Adam Beer was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, and Riley Turner finished 1-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and a double.
GOSHEN 2, NORTHWOOD 1
NorthWood found itself in yet another pitchers duel Saturday, but this time the Panthers came up short. The RedHawks scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to eke out the Northern Lakes Conference win at home in Goshen.
Jason Cripe took the pitching loss, giving up three hits and two walks for an earned run in the ninth, going 1 1/3 innings in relief of Cooper Davis, who surrendered just one earned run off a walk and nine hits in seven innings of work on the hill.
Kyle Sellers, Jack Wysong and Sergio Lira Ayala collected two hits apiece for NorthWood, and Lira Ayala drove in a run for the Panthers.
Skylar Reyes and Braxton Kincaid finished with three hits apiece for Goshen, which moved to 8-10 and 5-4 in the conference.
NorthWood drops to 11-5 overall and 6-3 in the NLC. The Panthers will play Wawasee Monday.