Green’s Gem Leads Lancers to Split with Knights

Pictured is Austin Green on the mound (file photo from earlier this season)

A six-inning no-hitter from Austin Green highlighted Grace’s men’s baseball doubleheader with Marian on Thursday.

Green and Dellos Schabel combined to no-hit the Knights (12-15; 10-10 Crossroads League) in the second game to win 2-0, helping ease the letdown of an 8-6 defeat in the opener. The Lancers (8-17; 7-10 CL) won three of four from Marian in the season series after sweeping the Knights at Miller Field.

Grace started the opener with three straight singles. The Lancers’ third single from CJ Swartz drove in Joey Hickerson for the game’s first run. Grace tacked on another run in the third when Brook Vosler drove in Jared Lemler.

The Knights tied the game in their half of the third, but the Lancers struck twice in the fourth.  After Grace loaded the bases with one out, Grace coach Bill Barr called for a squeeze bunt. Logan Grigsby’s well-executed sacrifice bunt allowed Swartz to score, putting Grace on top. Jacob Bloom then scampered across home plate from third base on a passed ball.

Bloom scored again in the sixth on an RBI double by Steven Hovermale. Lemler also drove in Grigsby in the inning. But Marian changed the game with a six-run sixth inning. The Knights were aided by a fielding error and pounded out four hits in the inning to take the lead for good.

Vosler singled in the seventh – his fourth hit of the game – but he was stranded at second as the game ended on a strikeout. Vosler was 4-for-4 from the plate to lead Grace. Lemler and Hickerson also tallied two hits.

Defense was the name of the second game. Although the Lancers only mustered three hits in the contest, Austin Green’s masterful pitching performance handcuffed Marian throughout the game.

Grace’s first run came in the fourth inning when Frank Rocchio’s ground ball allowed Matt Morgart to plate. The Lancers added an insurance run in the seventh when Vosler’s ground ball scored Tyler Weber.

Dellos Schabel came in to close the game in the seventh inning, retiring the only three batters he faced. Green did the heavy lifting from the mound, shutting down the Knights for six innings. The only thing separating Green from a shot at a perfect game was a hit batsman in the fifth. Green did not walk a batter and struck out one. Hickerson, Bloom and Paul Blankley notched hits for the Lancers.

Grace returns to Miller Field on Saturday to start the season series with St. Francis at 1 p.m. Grace’s softball team will also play at Miller Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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