HUNTINGTON – Grace College’s baseball team dropped two contests to the Huntington Foresters on Monday afternoon.

The first game was tightly contested, but Grace (10-14, 4-8 Crossroads League) would come up just short losing 8-7.

Huntington (10-10, 8-4 CL) took the second game, winning 14-5.

In the first game, a solo home run put the Foresters ahead 1-0 before the Lancers’ bats came alive in the top of the second.

Austin Carr and Josh Cosme each singled to get Grace started, and Lucas Slager earned a walk to load the bases. Carr would be the first Lancer to cross the plate after the Huntington pitcher was called for a balk.

Grace got its first lead of the game at 3-1 after Bradyn McIntosh doubled in two runs.

In the third inning Alex Rich picked up his second hit in as many at-bats to get the Lancers started. Carr also reached for the second time and moved Rich to third base.

Rich scored after Huntington was called for a balk for the second time of the game. Cal Curiel drove in Rich as Grace’s lead was extended to 5-1.

The Foresters would tie the game in the next half-inning with a grand slam.

The fourth inning went by quietly, but Huntington scored two more runs in the fifth to reclaim the lead at 7-5.

Jeff Pawlik cut the deficit in half after he drove in Slager in the top of the seventh.

Huntington pushed their lead back to two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Grace got the first two batters on base to start the ninth, but the Lancers could only push across one run to fall by a final score of 8-7.

In the second game, Huntington scored the first two runs in the home half of the first.

Pawlik brought Grace even in the second after his single drove in Sam Newkirk and Slager.

After the Foresters reclaimed a one-run lead, Grace would again knot the score up. Slager doubled to start the fourth inning and eventually crossed the plate to tie the game at 3 following a passed ball.

Huntington’s offense exploded for 11 runs over the next two innings, however, and held a commanding 14-3 lead as the game entered the sixth.

Slager and Cwik each picked up an RBI in the sixth but the Lancers couldn’t get closer as they dropped game two 14-5.

Pawlik shined for the Lancers with four RBIs on the day.

Grace will next be in action on Friday at 1 p.m. when they start a four-game series against Indiana Wesleyan.



Grace Splits Twin Bill At Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. - Grace’s softball team took one of two on the road at Goshen on Monday.

The Lady Lancers (8-12) improved to 5-3 in Crossroads League play as a result of the split.

In the first game, Grace had trouble quieting the bats of the Maple Leafs (11-9, 1-5 CL) as Goshen won 9-3.

The Lady Lancers were as efficient as possible, tallying three hits in the game with three runs scored. Bethany Gardner and Kendra Arnold each had solo home runs in the game for Grace, and Izabela Duran also drove in a run.

But the Maple Leafs used a five-run fourth inning to break open a 1-1 ballgame, and Grace was unable to respond. Jeri Ellis stole two bases in the contest.

In the second game, Grace scored early and late to win 5-3.

The Lady Lancers scored three runs across the first two innings to go ahead. Cassandra Hayes produced a two-out double to score Duran for the first run of the game.

In the following inning, Kyrah Lewis and Montana Brincks plated as Grace led 3-0.

Goshen managed to tie the game by scoring one run in the second, third and fourth innings, and the game remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the seventh.

Ellis singled and stole second base with two outs to give Grace a chance. Jessica Kaurich produced a clutch single on the next at-bat to drive in the go-ahead run.

Two walks and a hit by pitch brought in Kaurich as Grace led 5-3.

Ellis entered the game in the bottom of the seventh to pitch and promptly shut down the Maple Leafs. Ellis was credited with the save, while Madison Bremer earned the win.

Hayes hit 2 for 4, and Duran had 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk and 1 stolen base.

The Lady Lancers have a nonconference doubleheader scheduled at home on Thursday against Calumet-St. Joseph at 2 p.m. Grace will then travel to St. Francis on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.