First Annual Grace Summer Showcase


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s baseball coach Bill Barr is pleased to announce a new tradition in Lancer baseball. The first annual Grace Summer Showcase will be held from June 11-15 at Grace’s Miller Field.

Each day of the showcase will include a pro-style workout and scrimmage featuring high school 2012, 2013 and 2014 graduates as well as junior college freshmen and sophomores.

Any questions can be directed to the showcase staff at gracecollegebaseball@gmail.com.  

Click on the links below to view and print out the informational flyer and the recruiting profile form.

2012 Grace Summer Showcase
Showcase Recruiting Profile Form

Bill Barr becomes next coach for Grace baseball


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College has announced that Bill Barr will serve as the next head coach of Grace’s baseball team.

Barr, who has served as an assistant athletic director and associate head baseball coach at Grace for the past five months, assumes control of the Lancer baseball program from Josh Bailey. Bailey has accepted a job with Wildman Business Group.

“It’s been incredible having Bill as a member of our staff this year. We believe it will be an easy transition for him to move in as coach,” said Grace athletic director Bailey Weathers. “We’re sad that Josh [Bailey] decided to take a full-time position off campus, but we’re excited to have Bill lead the baseball program. Bill does a great job teaching fundamentals, particularly working 1-on-1 with the guys and with game management. We’re really excited to have Bill continue with the program and expect him to lead the team forward to great things.”

Overall, Barr’s résumé includes 22 years of experience coaching baseball, including 14 at the collegiate level, and seven years of experience as an athletic director. Before coming to Grace in January, Barr was most recently the head coach at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V.

“We anticipate great things for the future within Grace and the baseball program. I appreciate the opportunity to be the head coach for Grace,” Barr said. “The players, parents, administration and athletic department have made me feel welcome, and I appreciate the hard work that the players, Coach Bailey and his staff have done to move the program forward to the point it is today.”

In Barr’s first season coaching Alderson-Broaddus in 2010, he directed the Battlers to one of their most successful seasons in program history.

Alderson-Broaddus, an NCAA Division II school, was expected to finish fourth in their division of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), but Barr guided the team to its first division title in school history and a 27-14 overall record.

Barr was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year as a result, and the Battlers were ranked in the top 10 of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for the Atlantic Region during the season.

“My past experiences with Grace College as a competitor and now as an employee have been very positive and professional, which is a main reason my family and I came to Grace,” Barr continued. “I understand the challenges we face moving forward but believe that the Lord has a plan and will lead us in a positive direction by blessing our efforts.”

Prior to his work at Alderson-Broaddus, Barr coached the baseball team at Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2005-09.

In the year before Barr arrived at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team finished 4-51. In Barr’s final season at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team broke the school record for wins with a 29-26 season. Barr also nearly doubled the baseball roster during his tenure.

Barr, who is nearing 300 career wins as a head coach at the collegiate level, had a successful stint at Indiana Wesleyan University. Overall, Barr took the Wildcats to four consecutive appearances in the NCCAA National Tournament and set the school record for wins when the team finished 32-21 in 1994.

While at Indiana Wesleyan, his teams averaged 22 wins per season, and he was awarded as an NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and an NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice.

Barr graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education in 1983 then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Ashland University in 1992.

Barr is married to Jacki, and the couple has two daughters named Bethany and Brittany.

Grace unable to top Mount Vernon


MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Mount Vernon Nazarene’s offense carried the day as they took both games of their doubleheader with Grace’s baseball team on Thursday.

The Lancers' (14-31; 11-23 MCC) comeback fell short in the first game as they lost 7-6 before falling 10-0 in the second game.

Nate Wottring kicked Grace’s scoring into gear with an RBI triple in the top of the first. He then gave Grace a 2-0 lead when he scored on Josh Petry’s sacrifice fly to right field.

The Cougars (30-18; 21-13 MCC) battled back to plate three more runs in the second before both teams scored twice in the third.

The Lancers loaded the bases in the third, allowing Brent Easterday’s single to score one run. Steven Hovermale’s RBI groundout then brought Jacob Bloom home.

Grace faced a 6-4 deficit entering their final at-bats in the seventh inning and managed to keep their hopes alive. Derek Zwier cut Mount Vernon’s lead to one run when he scampered home from third base on a wild pitch with two outs. Jeff Himes then tied the game when he scored from second base on a throwing error by Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon won the game in the bottom of the seventh, however, with a two-out RBI double.

Wottring finished 2-for-4 in the loss, and Himes and Bloom scored twice.

In the second game, the Cougars outhit the Lancers 12-3 en route to their 10-0 win.

Mount Vernon scored five runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third and fourth.

The Lancers stranded nine baserunners in the game compared to three for the Cougars. In both the first and fifth innings, Grace ended the inning with the bases loaded.

Easterday had two hits in three at-bats in the second game, and Bloom had Grace’s other hit.

The Lancers conclude their season at Miller Field on Saturday when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene for a 1 p.m. start.

Buttermore's one-hitter leads Grace


MARION, Ind. – On a day when Grace’s offense was mostly quiet, Clifford Buttermore provided just what was needed from the mound with a one-hit shutout of Indiana Wesleyan.

The Lancers dropped the first game 5-1 before winning 1-0 in the second game thanks to Buttermore and a seventh-inning run by Jeff Himes.

Grace was held to two hits and a walk in the opener. The Wildcats (22-29; 14-18 MCC) earned the majority of their runs in the first inning.

Indiana Wesleyan scored three in the first inning without tallying a hit. They were issued two walks and were hit by a pitch three times before freshman Tim Weber was called in from the bullpen with the bases loaded and one out. He managed to escape with just one additional run from a sacrifice fly.

Weber pitched effectively for the final five innings, allowing six hits and two runs. But the Lancers’ (14-29; 11-21 MCC) bats could only produce a single tally in the fourth inning.

After Nate Wottring was walked, Josh Petry laced a double to left-center field to score Wottring. Grace’s other hit was a single from Himes in the first at-bat of the game.

The second game saw a similarly stagnant offense from the Lancers, but this time Buttermore was able to carry the load from the mound.

In seven innings of work, Buttermore allowed one hit while walking none. After the Wildcats tallied their lone hit in the bottom of the first, the only other players to reach base came from a Lancer fielding error, a dropped third strike and a fielder’s choice.

Other than that, Buttermore’s performance, which included six strikeouts on 90 total pitches, gave Grace a chance to win the game in the seventh.

With one out in the seventh, Himes tripled to left-center field with the score tied 0-0. Steven Hovermale then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field as Himes beat the incoming throw to put Grace ahead 1-0.

Buttermore made short work of the bottom of the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory.

Brook Vosler and Petry were the other Lancers to record a hit in Grace’s win.

The Lancers now turn their attention to their final conference series of the season – a four-game stretch against Mount Vernon Nazarene. Grace will travel to Mount Vernon on Thursday at 2 p.m. before returning to Miller Field for their regular-season finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lancers' offense quiet in Senior Day loss


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team did not score the runs they needed to keep pace with Indiana Wesleyan as they lost 1-0 and 7-1.

Saturday’s doubleheader was Senior Day to honor the outstanding Lancer senior class of Nate Wottring, Josh Petry, Brad Heintz, Brent Easterday, Reagan Eakins, Derek Zwier and Kyle Knapp.

In the opening game, Grace created several scoring opportunities but failed to score, dropping a tough 1-0 decision.

The lone run of the game came in the fifth inning. The Wildcats’ leadoff hitter reached base on a throwing error by Grace and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Grace, who stranded nine baserunners in the loss, had multiple chances to take the lead. The Lancers had runners in scoring position in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but failed to convert.

The third inning saw the Lancers move runners to first and third with one out. The sixth inning put pinch runner Tyler Weber on second base with one out, and the seventh inning saw Grace place runners on the corners with two outs. But each time the Wildcats managed to retire the Lancers’ side.

Brad Heintz was the unfortunate loser on the mound in the first game. He gave up just five hits and one walk with one unearned run to his credit. He faced 24 batters with 83 pitches thrown in a complete-game effort.

Jacob Bloom was 2-for-4 from the plate in the loss.

In the second game, Indiana Wesleyan put single runs on the scoreboard in the first two innings off Kier West. They singled three times in the fourth to score twice and take a 4-0 lead.

Grace looked dangerous in the bottom of the fourth when Bloom and Nate Wottring led off the inning with back-to-back singles. But the next three at-bats for the Lancers resulted in two fly outs and a ground out.

Grace did put their first run of the day on the scoreboard in the sixth when Josh Petry’s double to deep right-center field allowed Wottring to score.

But a two-run home run in the top of the seventh allowed the Wildcats to ease away for a 7-1 victory.

Bloom was again strong from the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, and Wottring was also 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Lancers will take another shot at Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday when they travel to Marion, Ind., for a 4 p.m. start.

Vosler's walk-off single tops Spring Arbor


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – After suffering a tough loss in the first game of their doubleheader with Spring Arbor, Grace’s baseball team bounced back with a thrilling 4-3 win in the second game.

Clifford Buttermore posted seven strikeouts from the mound in a gritty performance, and freshman Brook Vosler hit a walk-off single to snap Grace’s 12-game losing streak.

The Lancers (13-26; 9-19 MCC), who had lost 14-2 earlier in the day, showed no signs of discouragement by taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Jacob Bloom doubled in Jeff Himes, and Bloom eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Knapp.

Buttermore only allowed two hits over the first three innings before the Cougars (34-10; 18-10 MCC) scored. The fourth looked like a 1-2-3 inning until a two-out error gave the Cougars life. They took advantage of Grace’s defensive miscue to score two unearned runs and tie the game.

Spring Arbor took the lead in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, but Grace tied the game when Nate Wottring’s two-out double scored Vosler.

Wottring’s double, his second of the game, gave him 36 for his career and moved him to the top of Grace’s record book ahead of Kenny Jennings’s (1998-2001) 35 career doubles.

Buttermore maneuvered through a scoreless seventh inning, setting the stage for Grace’s dramatic victory.

Knapp struck out but still reached base on a dropped third-strike from Spring Arbor. He advanced to second when Reagan Eakins walked, and Vosler won the game with a single to right-center field.

Buttermore took the complete-game victory by allowing seven hits and one walk with one earned run and seven strikeouts.

Wottring led Grace from the plate by going 3-for-4, and Brent Easterday finished with two hits.

In the first game, Spring Arbor got on the scoreboard quickly with a two-run home run and three runs overall in the top of the first inning.

The Cougars continued their offensive tirade with seven more runs in the second inning, including a grand slam.

Dellos Schabel came in relief early for the Lancers to help cool down Spring Arbor’s bats for three innings, and Derek Zwier tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Grace managed to score twice in the bottom of the seventh. Wottring’s sacrifice fly plated one run, and Josh Petry’s RBI single scored another.

Bloom and Eakins finished 2-for-3, and Himes and Petry were 2-for-4.

The Lancers continue conference play when they host Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lancer Baseball Insider, Issue 4


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The fourth edition of the Lancer Baseball Insider is now available for exclusive photos, stats and stories on Grace baseball.

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Grace misses chance to take down Cougars


SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Grace’s baseball team played neck-and-neck with Spring Arbor but couldn’t put together the runs they needed, falling narrowly 4-0 and 3-2 on Tuesday.

The Lancers (12-25; 9-17 MCC) and Cougars totaled 12 hits apiece in the doubleheader, but it was the Cougars who turned their hits into runs.

Kier West was strong from the mound in the opening game, yielding six hits and two walks in a complete game. But Spring Arbor made the most of their opportunities against West, scoring one run in the second and sixth innings and adding two more in the fourth.

Each time the Cougars (33-9; 17-9 MCC) recorded a hit in an inning, they managed to push a runner across home plate.

In both the second and third innings, Grace had runners on second and third with one out. But each time, Grace failed to score a run to end their best opportunities of the game.

Jeff Himes, Josh Petry, Dennis Kan and Brook Vosler each recorded a hit in the loss.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning of the second game, Grace battled back to take their first lead of the day.

Petry led off the second inning with a double and moved to third when Brent Easterday singled. The next batter, Kyle Knapp, executed a squeeze bunt to plate Petry and tie the game.

In the third inning, Himes and Tyler Weber singled back-to-back, and Nate Wottring singled through the left side of the field to score Himes and put the Lancers ahead 2-1.

The score remained in the Lancers’ favor until the bottom of the sixth. Spring Arbor used three singles and an error by Grace to score twice and regain the lead for good.

Grace had a baserunner in the seventh inning due to a walk, but they failed to advance with two fielders’ choices.

Easterday finished 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, and Matt Helm took the loss from the mound with 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts to his credit.

The Lancers will take another shot at the Cougars when they host Spring Arbor on Thursday at Miller Field. Their doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.

Petry sets all-time RBI record


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Senior Josh Petry set the program’s all-time record for RBIs in the first inning of Grace’s doubleheader with Taylor University.

Despite the milestone for the senior catcher, Grace’s baseball team fell to Taylor 16-8 and 12-3 on Saturday on a wet Miller Field.

Petry’s big moment came in the bottom of the first inning. After Dennis Kan and Nate Wottring had back-to-back singles, Petry drilled a bases-clearing double to right field to put Grace ahead 2-0.

With his record-breaking double, Petry recorded career RBI No. 120 and 121 to pass Greg Straits (1980-83) for first place on Grace’s career list.

With three hits in the first game, Petry has also amassed 154 career hits to move into second place on Grace’s all-time list. He is behind only current senior Nate Wottring, who has totaled 198 career hits to date.

Taylor countered with three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead, but Grace’s Brook Vosler singled home Kyle Knapp to knot the game at 3 apiece.

The Trojans (29-11; 22-2 MCC) offense proved to be too strong over the final five innings, including a seven-run fourth that featured a grand slam.

Petry and Kyle Knapp did their best to match Taylor’s offense as each finished 3-for-4 from the plate. Petry drove in four runs with a pair of doubles, and Knapp drove in three runs.

Wottring was also 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Grace’s offense was much quieter in the second game, which started late due to heavy rain throughout much of the first game.

The Lancers (12-23; 9-15 MCC) managed to score three runs on just four hits, one of which came from a solo home run from Nate Wottring.

Grace trailed 4-2 at the conclusion of the third inning, but the Trojans propelled clear of the Lancers with three runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth.

The Lancers next turn their attention to their four-game series with Spring Arbor. Grace will play at Spring Arbor on Tuesday before hosting the Cougars for a doubleheader on Thursday.

Grace comes up short to Taylor


UPLAND, Ind. – Despite playing neck-and-neck with conference leader Taylor University, Grace’s baseball team was unable completely close the gap in a pair of close losses on Thursday.

The Lancers (12-21; 9-13 MCC) trailed by two runs entering the sixth inning in each of their defeats, but the Trojans (27-11; 20-2 MCC) edged away for a 7-0, 3-1 sweep on the day.

Clifford Buttermore held the Trojans to two runs on four hits through his first five innings on the mound. Taylor’s two-run home run in the opening inning proved to be the only tallies of the game until the bottom of the sixth.

The Trojans put the game out of reach with five runs on four hits, including a two-run home run and an RBI triple.

Grace was outhit 8-6 in the loss as six different players recorded hits for Grace. Buttermore took the loss from the mound, giving up seven runs on eight hits. He struck out 10 batters for his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season.

In the second game, all the runs were scored in the first inning.

The Lancers struck first when Jeff Himes scored from third base on a ground ball by Josh Petry. Taylor answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, aided by a hit by pitch and a fielding error.

Grace could only manage three more hits over the final six innings, allowing Taylor to hold on for a 3-1 victory.

Kier West was credited with the loss after pitching into the sixth inning. He surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks.

The Lancers will get another shot at the Trojans when they welcome Taylor to Miller Field on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Huntington edges out Lancers


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team lost a pair of games to Huntington University on Tuesday, falling 2-0 and 6-1 to the Foresters.

In their first game, the Lancers (12-19; 9-11 MCC) came out on the short end of a pitching duel.

Huntington scored a run in the first inning without tallying a hit. The Foresters’ leadoff hitter reached base on a walk, and he managed to move across the base paths with a passed ball, a ground out and a wild pitch.

The Foresters (16-18; 11-9 MCC) added their second run in the bottom of the third inning, and Mitch Bowers made sure the Lancers didn’t score by throwing a complete-game shutout.

Jeff Himes and Josh Petry recorded four of Grace’s six hits in the loss. Brent Easterday and Brook Vosler tallied the final two hits.

Matt Helm threw well in defeat, giving up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked three batters.

The second game was tied at 1-1 through four innings, but Huntington unleashed a five-run fifth inning to secure the victory.

The Foresters tallied five hits and benefited from a Lancer error to plate their five runs and secure a 6-1 win.

Himes again was strong with the bat by finishing 2-for-4 with Grace’s lone RBI, and Nate Wottring was 2-for-3 in the loss.

The Lancers continue conference action with an away doubleheader against Taylor University on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Grace battles tough against Valparaiso


VALPARAISO, Ind. – Grace gave NCAA Division I opponent Valparaiso University all it could handle in a nine-inning clash on Monday. The Lancers outhit Valparaiso 12-11 but could not capitalize in a 12-5 defeat.

The Crusaders got up early on the Lancers (12-17) with six runs in the first two innings, but Grace was not intimidated by their early deficit.

Grace wasted golden opportunities to get on the scoreboard in the top of the third and fourth innings. Each time, the Lancers loaded the bases before hitting into a double play.

Two hits and an error from the Crusaders (11-19) allowed Grace to juice the bases with one out in the third, but Grace grounded into a double play on their next at-bat.

The Lancers led off the fourth inning with three straight singles from Josh Petry, Jacob Bloom and Brent Easterday to load the bases again.

But Grace’s sacrifice fly attempt was unsuccessful as the Crusaders (11-19) threw out Petry at the plate from center field, and the final at-bat in the inning flew out to end that threat.

The fifth inning finally paid off for the Lancers in a big way. Trailing 6-0 heading into the inning, Nate Wottring, Petry and Bloom tallied back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to start the scoring for Grace. Derek Zwier also ripped a run-scoring triple to right field to bring the Lancers to within one at 6-5.

Valparaiso responded immediately with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, another run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to pull away. Grace, on the other hand, was unable to move a baserunner past first base over the final four innings.

Petry and Bloom each pounded out two hits with a run driven in against the Crusaders, and Reagan Eakins and Brook Vosler each tallied a pair of hits.

Michael Reitz came in to relieve starting pitcher Tyler Weber to throw a scoreless third inning, and Timothy Weber surrendered one earned run in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

The Lancers continue conference action with a doubleheader at Huntington University on Tuesday.

Grace can't cool off Huntington's bats


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Huntington University was too strong offensively on Saturday in their doubleheader with Grace at Miller Field.

The Foresters pounded out 36 hits and 28 runs, including a 10-4 win and an 18-6 victory.

The Lancers played Huntington nearly even through five innings of play in their first game. But trailing 5-4 entering the top of the sixth, Huntington notched five runs over their final two innings to pull away.

The Foresters benefited from five Lancer fielding errors in their win.

Nate Wottring and Kyle Knapp were the only Lancers with multiple hits in the game as each player tallied two hits.

Grace's second game with Huntington was not nearly as close. The Foresters expolded with four runs in each of the first two innings and six runs in the third to take an insurmountable 14-1 lead.

The Lancers managed to tack on two runs in the fourth and three more in the seventh, but it was not enough to catch the Foresters.

Grace was outhit 23-5 in the second game. Jeff Himes was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Wottring was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Lancers plate 12 runs to split with Goshen


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team recovered from an error-filled loss to Goshen by pounding out 12 runs and 13 hits in their second game to earn a split at Miller Field on Thursday.

The Lancers (12-14; 9-7 MCC) had five errors in a 3-1 loss to start the day before their bats came to life in a 12-5 victory.

Grace wasted a strong pitching performance in the opener from Clifford Buttermore, who was credited with the loss despite giving up one earned run.

The Maple Leafs (9-22; 2-14 MCC) did their damage in the fifth inning. Goshen benefitted from an error but also tallied two hits and walked once to take a 2-0 lead.

Brent Easterday cut the deficit in half when he scampered home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be the final tally for Grace.

Goshen used another error by the Lancers to score an insurance run in the sixth, and the Lancers were not able to advance a runner past first base in their final at-bats.

Kyle Knapp was 2-for-4 in the loss, and Buttermore struck out seven while yielding seven hits and two walks from the mound.

In their second game, Jacob Bloom got Grace’s offense started in the first with an RBI triple. Bloom scored on the play due to a poor throw from the field.

Goshen’s offense was clicking in the early stages of the game as they took a 4-2 lead. But Nate Wottring started a strong third inning by hitting another run-scoring triple to plate Jeff Himes. A walk and two hit by pitches later allowed Wottring to score a free run. A ground ball by Reagan Eakins gave Grace its third run of the inning.

The Lancers effectively ended the game with six runs in the sixth inning. Grace tallied six hits in the inning, including RBIs from Easterday, Eakins, Derek Zwier, Knapp and Wottring.

Bloom was 2-for-3 from the plate with three runs scored, and Himes finished 2-for-3 while scoring twice. Easterday and Tyler Weber each tallied two hits.

Brad Heintz earned the win on the mound by giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Lancers continue MCC play when they play Huntington University at home on Saturday.

Lancers take two from Maple Leafs


GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team continued its impressive start to the conference season by beating Goshen College twice on Tuesday by the scores of 7-4 and 3-1.

In their second game, the Lancers (11-13; 8-6 MCC) scored two timely runs in extra innings to secure the day’s sweep of the Maple Leafs.

Grace and Goshen both plated a run in the third inning of their second game. Reagan Eakins led off the third with a single to center field, and he eventually came around to score on a fielding error by the Maple Leafs (8-21; 1-13 MCC).

The game remained tied at 1-1 thanks to the pitching of Kier West and Tim Weber. West gave up just four hits in six innings, and Tim Weber tossed three scoreless innings in relief. Despite three fielding errors by the Lancers, the pitching of West and Weber forced Goshen into stranding 15 runners on base.

In the top of the ninth, Dennis Kan got on base with a one-out walk. After advancing on a wild pitch, Brent Easterday doubled in Kan for the go-ahead run. One out later, Grace went ahead by two runs after another fielding error by Goshen.

The Maple Leafs did not go down without a fight, however. Goshen loaded the bases with two runners out with three singles, but Weber secured the win by forcing the final batter to pop out to second.

Easterday finished the second game with two doubles in four at-bats.

By contrast, the Lancers led for much of the opening game. Extra-base hits abounded in their 7-4 victory as the Lancers pounded out six doubles.

Tyler Weber knocked in two runs with a double to left-center field in the second inning, and Josh Petry doubled in Nate Wottring in the third.

The game was within reach at 4-2 when Grace widened the margin in the sixth. Kyle Knapp hit a clutch two-out single to left field to score a pair of runners.

Petry helped tack on another run when his double in the top of the seventh scored Wottring.

Mike Reitz pulled the plug on a potential Goshen comeback in the seventh. He entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out, and limited the Maple Leafs to two runs before striking out Goshen’s 3-4-5 hitters to get the save.

Matt Helm was credited with the win after giving up three earned runs in six innings while striking out eight batters.

Wottring doubled twice and scored twice in a 3-for-4 outing, and Tyler Weber and Petry each tallied two hits.

The Lancers conclude their week with a pair of home doubleheaders. Grace plays Goshen on Thursday at Miller Field before welcoming Huntington to Grace on Saturday.

Lancer Baseball Insider, Issue 3


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Attached you can find the third edition of the Lancer Baseball Insider.
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Pitcher's duel with Marian results in split


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Clifford Buttermore and Brad Heintz put on a pitching clinic against Marian University on Saturday, holding the Knights to one earned run in the doubleheader.

The Lancers (9-13; 6-6 MCC) lost a 1-0 decision in the first game before winning 2-1 in game two.

In the opening game, the Knights scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning. Marian singled twice in the inning and scored off a fielding error.

Buttermore escaped the inning without another run by forcing Marian into an inning-ending double play, but the damage was done.

Grace’s best chance to score came in the second inning when Josh Petry reached base on an error followed by a single from Jacob Bloom. But the Lancers could not capitalize with two baserunners and no one out, retiring their next three batters.

Buttermore took the loss from the mound with a five-hit performance. Grace tallied four hits, led by a 2-for-3 outing from Bloom.

The second game was much of the same, but this time the Lancers took advantage of their baserunners in a 2-1 victory.

Reagan Eakins drove in Grace’s first run of the day with a two-out double to score Dennis Kan in the second inning.

The Knights tied the game in the bottom of the second, and the game remained deadlocked until the fifth inning.

Grace struck again with two outs in the fifth when Petry singled in Kyle Knapp for what ended up being the game-winning run.

Heintz was impressive on the mound, allowing one run on six hits and a walk to take the victory. Brent Easterday led the Lancers from the plate by going 2-for-3.

The Lancers continue conference play with four games in a row against Goshen College. Grace plays at Goshen on Tuesday before returning to Miller Field on Thursday.

Offense erupts as Grace takes pair from Marian


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s offense was hitting on all cylinders in a sweep of Marian University on Thursday.

The Lancers pounded out 32 hits in their two wins, including a 14-2 victory in game one and a 6-4 win in the second game.

After two innings of the first game, Grace trailed 2-1. But the Lancers (8-12; 5-5 MCC) soon turned that around in a major way in the third inning.

Jeff Himes got the Lancers’ scoring started in the third with an RBI double. Josh Petry followed two batters later with another double to plate Himes and Nate Wottring. The next batter Jacob Bloom followed suit with an RBI double.

Brent Easterday and Brook Vosler also drove in a run apiece in Grace’s six-run inning.

The Lancers would go on to add two runs in the fourth and sixth innings as well as three more runs in the fifth inning.

Overall, Grace finished with 17 hits in their impressive 14-2 win. Himes was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored, Kyle Knapp was 3-for-3 with three runs from the leadoff position and Tyler Weber was 2-for-2 while scoring twice.

Petry and Bloom each drove home three runs, and Kier West earned the complete-game victory on the mound. He gave up two runs, both unearned, and struck out eight batters.

In the second game, the Knights (7-18; 5-5 MCC) saw Grace rattle off four singles in the third inning to score twice. The Lancers singled three more times in the fourth to score again.

Grace pounded out six more hits in the fifth to plate three runners. After five innings, the Lancers held a 6-2 lead.

Marian cut that deficit in half with two runs in the top of the sixth, but their rally fell short with a scoreless seventh.

The Lancers tallied 15 hits in the win, 14 of those being singles. Tyler Weber batted 1.000 on the day by finishing 2-for-2 in the first game and 3-for-3 in the second.

Nate Wottring was 3-for-4 from the plate, and Dennis Kan and Reagan Eakins both notched two hits.

Tim Weber took the win from the mound by tossing five innings of two-run ball. He struck out five with five hits and one walk. Michael Reitz was credited with the save for closing out the last two innings.

The Lancers conclude their season series with Marian with a doubleheader in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Lancers can't keep pace with Cougars


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Saint Francis completed its season sweep of Grace College with 10-2, 5-2 victories over the Lancers on Tuesday at Miller Field.

The Lancers’ offense struggled to keep up with the Cougars’ output all afternoon.

In the first game, Saint Francis failed to score in the first and last innings, but they tallied multi-run innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Their four-run sixth inning came courtesy of a grand slam.

In response to the Cougars’ grand slam, Grace produced a two-run home run from Dennis Kan in the bottom of the sixth. But that would prove to be the only runs of the game for the Lancers (6-12; 3-5 MCC).

Matt Helm started for Grace and took the loss after tossing five innings.

The second game started off much more promising when Grace took a 2-0 lead after three innings. Derek Zwier hit a two-out single to plate Tyler Weber in the second, and Jacob Bloom hit a two-out single to score Kyle Knapp in the third.

Senior Brad Heintz was throwing a shutout through five innings until the Cougars (12-13; 8-0 MCC) finally broke free.

Saint Francis began by putting their first three batters on base. They notched three doubles and scored five runs in their breakout inning. That inning proved to be the decisive moment in the loss as neither team was able to score in their final at-bats.

The Cougars had a narrow advantage in hits (8-7), and both teams stranded seven runners on base.

Josh Petry finished 2-for-2 in the second game, and Bloom was 2-for-3.

The Lancers will take on Marian University on Thursday 2 p.m. for a doubleheader at Miller Field.

Grace drops pair to Cougars


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Grace's baseball team was unable to continue its winning ways after a sweep of Bethel College, falling 4-10 and 1-5 to the University of Saint Francis on Sunday.

The teams played a rare Sunday doubleheader after getting rained out the day before, and the Lancers (6-10; 3-3 MCC) struggled to keep pace with Saint Francis's run production.

The first game was scoreless through Grace's half of the third inning, but back-to-back big innings from the Cougars (10-13; 6-0 MCC) put the Lancers in a 10-run hole.

Saint Francis scored six runs in the third and four runs in the fourth to take control, and Grace managed to plate a pair in the sixth and seventh in response.

Grace was only outhit by one (8 to 9), but the Cougars were issued seven walks compared to zero for the Lancers.

Tyler Weber and Jeff Himes each tallied two hits in the loss with Weber recording a double as well. Joey Hickerson was given the loss from the mound after yielding six runs.

In the second game, Grace was unable to take advantage of its baserunners in a 5-1 loss. The Lancers, despite notching just one hit in the game, left 11 runners on base in defeat.

Grace's only hit of the game was a fourth-inning double from Chris Reaves that did not result in a run. Grace was walked eight times and earned five additional base runners after being hit by pitch, but they had to settle for one run overall.

Both teams tallied a run in their half of the first inning. The scoreboard read "0" the rest of the way except for a four-run fourth inning for the Cougars. Saint Francis was walked twice, had two hits and had the benefit of a Lancer error to plate four runs.

Grace responded with a bases-loaded situation in the top of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but they finished with zero runs to show for it.

Clifford Buttermore was credited with the loss after allowing five runs, one of which being earned, in six innings. He walked four and struck out five with five hits against him in a solid outing.

The Lancers will get another shot at Saint Francis on Tuesday with a Miller Field doubleheader at 2 p.m. Listen to the game live on Stretch Internet.

Heintz tosses gem as Grace sweeps Bethel


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Senior Brad Heintz pitched a five-hit shutout on Thursday, and the Lancers swept Bethel College for the first time under head coach Josh Bailey.

The Lancers (6-8; 3-1 MCC) won 6-0 behind Heintz's complete game shutout victory and then rallied for a 9-8 win in the second game.

Despite not striking out a single batter, Heintz was in complete control on Thursday. He allowed just five hits and walked two Pilots (8-14; 1-3 MCC).

Bethel's only real threat against Heintz came in the top of the sixth inning. The Pilots loaded the bases with only one out thanks to three singles. But Heintz got Cory Stoner to ground into an inning-ending double play to finish Bethel's threat.

Joey Hickerson and Nate Wottring both finished 3-for-4 from the plate with a pair of runs, and Wottring added two RBIs.

In the second game, Grace saved themselves from five errors with a huge fifth inning.

The Pilots went ahead 4-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning after Grace committed three errors.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacob Bloom hit a solo home run to bring Grace to within two. The next inning, Grace exploded.

Grace loaded the bases with the first three batters. Steven Hovermale scampered home on a wild pitch by the Pilots, and Hickerson tied the game with an RBI single. Wottring then blasted a go-ahead two-run home run to left field. Two walks later, Bloom drilled his second home run of the game to score three more runs. When the dust had settled, Grace had tallied seven runs to jump ahead 9-4.

Bethel had plenty of fight remaining, however. In their half of the sixth, the Pilots notched four hits to plate four and pull to within 9-8, but the scoring stopped there for both teams.

Matt Helm started for Grace and gave up four runs, one of those being earned. Michael Reitz threw the final 1.2 innings to secure the day's sweep for Grace.

Hickerson, Bloom and Kyle Knapp each recorded two hits with Bloom knocking in four runs in the win.

The Lancers continue MCC play when they travel to Saint Francis for a doubleheader on Saturday 1 p.m.

Lancer Baseball Insider, Issue 2


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Attached you can find the latest Lancer Baseball Insider.  In this week’s newsletter, fans can read about the games played over the last two weeks, provide stats for the games to date and discuss some of the ministry things the baseball team did while in Florida. 

This issue will also take about a new Lancer who will join the team in the fall of 2012, and the new elementary school program.  Finally, included is a discussion on the new program where we will be charging fans for admission into games this year. These funds will be used to help support the projects on Miller Field that were revealed in the first newsletter.
Don’t forget to follow the games live on gamechanger.io and listen to us on Thursday on Stretch Internet

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Volume 1, Issue 2

Lancers can't hold early lead against Earlham


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team scored five runs early in their game against Earlham College but could not maintain their advantage, losing 11-6 at Miller Field on Wednesday.

After giving up an opening-inning run to Earlham, the Lancers jumped on the board with five runs in the first two innings.

Three walks in the bottom of the first gave the Lancers (4-8) all the baserunners they needed. Josh Petry singled home Jeff Himes, and Dennis Kan scored on an error in the field by the Quakers.

In the second inning, Himes doubled to deep right field to score one runner. Nate Wottring followed that up two batters later with a two-run single to put the Lancers ahead 5-1.

Kier West pitched effectively through the first two innings before the Quakers (9-4) broke out in the third. Earlham used four singles and two walks to tie the score at 5-5.

Grace was unable strike again in the bottom of the third, while Earlham would continue to add tallies for the next three innings.

The Quakers added single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings to go along with two runs in the sixth to take a commanding lead.

The Lancers could only respond with one run in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin.

Reagan Eakins, Himes, Wottring and Petry each finished with two hits in the loss. Himes also scored twice and drove in two runs.

Grace will take on conference foe Bethel College at Miller Field on Thursday 2 p.m. for a doubleheader. The teams split their first meeting on Tuesday. Listen to the game live on Stretch Internet.

Grace opens MCC play with Bethel twin bill


MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team started the 2012 Mid-Central College Conference season with a doubleheader at Bethel College on Tuesday.

The Lancers (4-7) used a six-run inning early in the opener against Bethel to take a 7-4 win before slipping 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel in the second game.

After a quick first inning in the opening game, Grace made a dent in the scoreboard with six runs in the top of the second.

Grace quickly loaded up the bases with singles by Josh Petry and Jacob Bloom and a hit by pitch on Brent Easterday. The Lancers earned a pair of free runs with a bases-loaded walk on Steven Hovermale and a wild pitch to plate Easterday.

After another walk to load the bases, Jeff Himes was hit by a pitch to score Grace’s third run, and Dennis Kan lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to score another.

Nate Wottring became the third Lancer to be hit by a pitch in the inning on the next at-bat, and Josh Petry hit a two-run single to center field.

In the third inning, Bloom displayed strong base running to plate Grace’s seventh run of the game. He reached base on a walk before promptly stealing second base. After taking third on a ground out in the next at-bat, Bloom scampered home to score on a passed ball.

Bloom’s run would be the last of the game for Grace, but the Pilots (8-12) barely reached half of their run total in the game.

Freshman Joey Hickerson earned the win on the mound, tossing a complete game with nine hits and four earned runs. He struck out six batters and walked two.

Petry, Bloom and Reagan Eakins each notched two hits in the win.

In the second game, Grace’s offense was much quieter with only three hits and one run from Bloom.

Bloom put the Lancers ahead 1-0 after Eakins singled him home in the top of the second.

The Pilots overcame a strong pitching performance from Clifford Buttermore, however, to score twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to take the win.

Buttermore gave up only five hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven batters with three earned runs allowed in the loss.

The Lancers will play host to Earlham College on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before welcoming the Pilots to Miller Field on Thursday at 2 p.m. for a doubleheader.

Lancer Baseball Insider release announced


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace baseball team would like to announce a new tradition in Lancer Baseball, the "Lancer Baseball Insider." 

This newsletter features insider information and photos to bring you closer than ever to the Grace baseball program. The newsletter will come out biweekly during the regular season and then once every three months in the offseason. 

Below you can find a copy of the inaugural newsletter.  If you would like to receive this directly please send an email to gracecollegebaseball@gmail.com.

Volume 1, Issue 1

Timely hits lead to win in season opener


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Freshmen Joey Hickerson and Brook Vosler came through with timely hits in the final inning to help the Lancers win in walk-off fashion to open the 2012 campaign.

Grace (1-1) led off the first day of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a walk-off 5-4 win over Olivet Nazarene University (9-4-1) and dropped the second game of the day to Madonna University (12-9) by a final score of 7-4.

Leading 4-3 in the seventh inning in the opening game, Grace was unable to close the door, allowing Olivet Nazarene to tie the game. After scoring the tying run, the Tigers were looking to take the lead when Tim Weber came in to relieve Clifford Buttermore on the mound. On the first pitch, Weber induced an inning-ending double play to end the scoring threat.

Hickerson and Vosler got things going in the bottom of the seventh inning with a pair of singles. Following the singles, senior Jeff Himes hit a 1-1 pitch towards the third baseman who misplayed the grounder allowing Hickerson to scamper home and seal the victory.

Hickerson paced the Lancers with two hits and two runs scored. Brent Easterday hit a single and drove in a run. Kyle Knapp recorded a hit, a walk and a run scored.

Clifford Buttermore took to the mound for his 2012 debut and pitched 6.1 innings. He allowed four runs, three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Weber, who only threw one pitch, came in relief and threw 0.2 innings to record his first career win.

In the second game of the day, Grace dropped a tough game to Madonna University.

Grace jumped out to an early 3-0 via the long ball as senior Josh Petry hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Madonna, however, came roaring back scoring a pair of runs in the second inning and again in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Facing a one-run deficit, the Lancers strung together a pair of hits to plate Tim Weber to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

The score would stay knotted until the seventh, when the Crusaders broke open the game with three runs in the inning. The Lancers were able to muster a hit in the bottom of the seventh from Steven Hovermale, but couldn’t push any runs across.

Nine players for Grace recorded a hit in the game. Petry tallied three RBIs and a run scored, and Vosler reached base three times and scored once.

Matt Helm pitched five innings with four strikeouts and a walk in a no-decision. Michael Reitz finished the final two innings giving up three runs, two earned to take the loss.

Grace will continue play from the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Saturday with a game against Madonna University at 12 p.m. and Olivet Nazarene University at 3:30 p.m.

Grace baseball to host Holiday Camps


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College baseball team is pleased to announce it will hold several Holiday Camp sessions in December and January for campers ages seven and up.

The campers will receive personal instruction from Grace's coaching staff and current players, teaching the proper mechanics for hitting, pitching and catching.

Two separate hitting sessions will be held on December 17 at the Gordon Recreation Center (GRC). The first is for campers between the ages of 7-12 and will be from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., and the second is for campers above 12 years and will be from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

On January 7, two additional sessions will be offered for all ages. The first, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., is a pitching and catching session, and the second session is an advanced hitting workout held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Each session is $40 with a $10 discount offered for multiple sessions. Campers should preregister as each session will be limited to 50 campers.

Email Coach Deon Dittmar for further information at dittmad@grace.edu.

Click below for the Holiday Camp PDF.

2011-12 Holiday Camps