Storm drops wild doubleheader with Ohio Dominican
BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake Erie College Storm and the Ohio Dominican Panthers squared off in a doubleheader on Monday afternoon at Classic Park in Eastlake. The DH was originally scheduled for Sunday, but Thunderstorms caused the games to be moved to Monday. Unfortunately, Sunday’s weather only delayed the doubleheader sweep of the Storm by the Panthers. Game one was a slugfest as the Panthers rallied late and broke a tie in the seventh inning to take game one 12-9. Game two was also not a pitcher’s duel as the Panthers came out on top 24-11.
GAME ONE: The Panthers got on the board early in the first inning with three runs off Storm Senior starting pitcher lefty Evan Layne. Unfortunately for Layne things did not get much better as the southpaw only went four innings allowing seven runs, all earned on nine hits. Two of the nine hits were home runs, which accounted for four of the seven runs.
Meanwhile the Storm offense was hitting the ball hard as they tied the game at 7-7 in the fourth inning. The Panthers starting pitcher Garret Sendelbach had a worse line than Lake Erie’s Layne. Sendelbach went three and two third’s innings allowing seven runs, six earned on 10 base hits, he also issued four base on balls and only struck out two Storm batters.
The two bullpen’s and defense were the difference as Lake Erie’s bullpen gave up five runs, three earned in the final three innings and the Ohio Dominican bullpen gave up just two runs both earned. Danny Matic went one and one third innings allowing one run, it was earned on two base hits to pick up the win and improve to 3-0. Tim Zeller picked up the save for the Panthers working the final two innings, allowing one earned run on two hits. The save was Zeller’s fifth of the season.
GAME TWO: Although the Panthers got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and led 2-0 after the top of the third in the Lake Erie stormed back with four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead after three innings. The bottom then fell out as Lake Erie starting pitcher Freshman Jackson Miller gave up seven runs in the fourth inning and was knocked from the game without recording an out in the inning and the Panthers led 9-4. The Storm managed two more runs in the bottom of the inning to pull to within three runs at 9-6. The Panthers were not done as they added another run in the fifth inning, four more in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh inning off Storm reliever Freshman Cade Wendel. The Fort Recovery native went four innings giving up eight runs all earned on eight base hits. He also issued four base on balls while striking out three hitters. Miller was tagged with the loss and falls to (0-0).
The Storm added three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little too late. As the Panthers scored four more in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth inning. The Storm did add two more runs, one in the eighth and one in the ninth.
With the doubleheader loss the Storm falls to 15-19 overall and 9-11 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
Lake Erie will be in action next on Tuesday at University of Indianapolis at 1:00 p.m. for a twin bill.
POSTED 04/15/2019 22:53