BLC Baseball Picks Up Two Exciting Wins
By Lucas Herd, Coordinator of Sports Information, BLC
MANKATO, MINN. — On Friday afternoon, the Bethany Lutheran baseball team played its first doubleheader of the 2017 season at the BLC Baseball Field. The Vikings put together two complete games to sweep the Crown College Storm.
With the victories the Vikings improve to 7-10 overall, extending their winning streak to four games. They will take on Martin Luther in a non-conference doubleheader on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 pm.
- Final Scores:
- Game one: Bethany Lutheran 5, Crown College 0
- Game two: Vikings 4, Storm 3 (9 innings)
- Location: BLC Baseball Field
GAME ONE: Box Score
In making his fifth start on the mound this season, Brandyn Olsen (Blue Earth, Minn.) threw another gem for BLC to earn his fourth victory of the season. The senior pitched all seven innings of the non-conference contest, giving up just four hits while striking six batters out. The right-hander now holds down a 1.59 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched.
Offensively, the Vikings did its damage in the fourth inning by scoring four runs on two hits. Leading the way in game one was senior Jordan Grams (Mankato, Minn.). The shortstop finished with a pair of hits while adding a run scored and a RBI. John Brown (Lake City, Minn.) and Kevin Harris (El Paso, Texas) were the other two recording a hit.
GAME TWO: Box Score
In the top of the first inning, the Storm quickly scored two runs to hold down a 2-0 lead through the game’s first four innings. Crown added a run in the top of the fifth inning before the bats came alive for BLC in the bottom half. Senior Trent Saharek (San Clemente, Calif.) doubled to left center, scoring Walker Linde (Wells, Minn.) to put the Vikings on the board. Saharek later scored in the inning to cut the margin to 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Nolan Grose (Waterville, Minn.) hit a towering home run over the right field fence to knot the game at 3-3.
After getting out of several jams in extra frames, senior Josh Montbriand (Blaine, Minn.) pinch hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied at three apiece. The right-handed batter drove a 0-2 curve ball over the center fielders head to walk it off for the Bethany Lutheran Vikings.
Alek Zentzis (Forest Lake, Minn.) pitched the game’s first five innings. The lefty gave up two earned runs while striking out seven batters. Alex Babcock (Elk River, Minn.) picked up his second win in as many games out of the bullpen for Head Coach Ryan Kragh. The junior pitched four scoreless innings while striking out four batters. The junior now has a 2.29 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched.