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Grace misses chances versus Maple Leafs

GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team was unable to capitalize on its baserunners in two defeats at Goshen on Friday.

The Lancers (1-21, 1-7 Crossroads League) scored two runs in both losses, falling 3-2 and 7-2 on the road.

Grace fell behind early in the opener. The Maple Leafs (12-16, 4-6 CL) plated twice in the first and once more in the third inning.

It wasn’t until the fifth inning when Grace was able to generate a rally, all done with two outs. Cameron Maxwell started the rally with a two-out single, and Houston Haney followed with a double.

Austin Baker then hit a single on a full count to bring in both runners, cutting Goshen’s lead to one.

In the sixth, Hunter Ackerman walked and stole second base with one out. But he was stranded over the next two at-bats.

In the seventh, Grace moved runners to second and third after Baker doubled to left field. But the potential tying and winning runs were left on base.

Baker was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk, and Haney was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In the second game, Grace produced 9 hits, 4 walks and 3 hit batsmen on offense, but the Lancers were stifled into two runs.

Grace stranded 13 baserunners in the 7-2 defeat, including six of the nine innings with multiple baserunners left.

Baker had an RBI single in the third to score Ethan Brooks, but Grace ended the inning with the bases loaded.

In the eighth inning, David Anderson doubled. He came around to score after a single from Maxwell.

Aaron Voirol was sharp from the mound, throwing the first seven innings. He struck out seven batters and allowed eight hits. All five runs scored against him were unearned.

Maxwell batted 3-for-5, Anderson was 2-for-4, and Gabe Douglass hit 2-for-5 with a double.

The Lancers head to Olivet Nazarene on Monday for a doubleheader.