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Saints take two from Lancers

ADRIAN, Mich. – Grace’s baseball team was unable to pick up a win on the road Tuesday, falling to Siena Heights 8-2 and 4-0.

In the opener, the Saints jumped out early and never looked back. Grace had baserunners in each of the first two innings but came up empty.

Siena Heights made Grace pay with a big second inning. The Saints plated six runs, including four runs with two outs in the inning.

Grace got on the scoreboard in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Houston Haney, but Grace’s deficit had grown to 8-1 by that point.

The Lancers (9-14) tacked on another run in the sixth when a ground ball from Mitchell Enyart brought in Hunter Ackerman, but that proved to be the final 8-2 scoreline.

Ackerman batted 2-of-3 with a run, and Xavier Harris and Chris Griffin were each 1-for-2.

The second game was a pitchers’ duel. The teams only combined to record five hits, and all four runs in the game were scored in one inning.

The contest was scoreless through three innings. The Lancers’ fielding issues helped spark the Saints to life, however, in the fourth.

Grace committed two errors in the fourth, allowing the Saints (8-12) to score four runs with two hits. Those four runs in the fourth proved to be the only runs of the ballgame.

The Lancers’ best chance to score came in the seventh when Griffin walked and Bret Wilhelmi singled. But Grace’s next two batters flew out to erase a potential rally.

Joey Peebles tossed the first four innings for Grace, allowing two earned runs and three hits. Ike Peterson and Josh Tew were scoreless over the final two innings.

Wilhelmi and David Anderson each recorded a hit, marking the only two hits for Grace in the game.

The Lancers continue play over the weekend with a series at St. Francis. The teams will play a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.