Knights Lose Pair to Waldorf
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC baseball team was unable to keep up the momentum from last weekend’s sweep of Northland, dropping two games to Waldorf at Mueller Park Monday by the scores of 9-1 and 6-4.
A six-run fourth inning off MLC starter Ryan Schmeling (Menomonie, Wis./SCLHS) broke open a one-run MLC deficit in a 9-1 Waldorf win in game one.
Schmeling dropped to 0-4 on the season with the loss, allowing nine runs and ten hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out one and walked four. Christian Marquardt (Racine, Wis./Shoreland) pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief.
At the plate, the Knights were outhit 13-8 for the game. Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL), Joe Janke (Big Bend, Wis./WISCO) and Stephen Apt (Crete, Ill./Illinois Lutheran) each finished with two hits for MLC.
MLC came back from a five-run early deficit with a four-run fifth inning, but fell short in the end as Waldorf won game two by a score of 6-4.
Hikaru Tominzawa (Saitama, Japan/LPS) went the distance for the Knights on the mound, allowing five runs on nine hits as he dropped to 0-3 on the season.
The Knights picked up four runs on four hits in the fifth, with both Stephen Gurgel (Mequon, Wis./KMLHS) and Sam Korth (Bay City, Mich./MLS) hitting triples in the inning. Tyler Dorn (Sturdevant, Wis./Shoreland) and Greg Holzhueter had one RBI in the inning to bring the deficit to one at 5-4.
MLC was never able to come any closer, and Waldorf tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to push the final margin to two runs at 6-4.
The two losses ended the Knights’ three-game win streak, dropping them to 3-23 on the season. Waldorf improved to 17-23 on the year with two wins.
MLC will return to action on Wednesday, April 21, when it hosts North Central for a double header at 2 p.m. at Mueller Park.