MLC drops Double Header to Geneva
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The MLC baseball team was unable to take advantage of several opportunities to get their first win of the season, dropping both games of a double header to Geneva by the scores of 9-5 (ten innings) and 7-3 on March 8.
MLC fell behind 4-0 in the first inning of game, but came back with one run in the bottom of the first and second innings, and then tied the game at 4-4 on a Joe Janke (Big Bend, Wis./LPS) single that scored Tyler Briney (Stevensville, Mich./MLHS) and Tyler Dorn (Sturtevant, Wis./Shoreland).
After Geneva scored a run in the top of the seventh, the Knights forced extra innings when Tyler Morgan (New Ulm, Minn./MVL) singled home Janke, who doubled with one out of the inning to get in scoring position.
The two teams were scoreless in the first two extra innings until Geneva put four runs on the board in the tenth inning off Nate Brenner (Mequon, Wis./LPS) to take the lead and get the win.
Dorn got the start on the mound for the Knights and went 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out four, but allowed just one run on six hits after the first. Brenner took the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season.
Geneva started quickly again in game two, scoring five runs in the first inning and two more in the next two innings off MLC starter Ryan Schmeling (Menomonie, Wis./SCLHS), who lasted just two innings, to put the Knights in a 7-0 hole after three.
MLC fought back with three runs in the top of the fourth off an RBI single by Tyler Briney (Stevensville, Mich./MLHS), a fielder's choice RBI by Josh Schultz (Antioch, Ill./LPS) and a passed ball that scored Schultz, but could not scratch any more runs across.
Christian Marquardt (Racine, Wis./Shoreland) kept the Knights in the game on the mound, pitching four scoreless innings without allowing a hit and striking out two.
With the losses, MLC dropped to 0-4 on the season.[Game 1 BOX SCORE] [Game 2 BOX SCORE]