ADRIAN, Mich. – The baseball team traveled to Albion to open MIAA action on Saturday afternoon. Both contests went into extra innings as the Bulldogs won 6-5 (10 innings) in game one and the Britons pulled out a 3-2 win (8 innings) in game two.
The Bulldogs battled the Britons in game one and came out on top, 6-5, in 10 innings. The MIAA opener for both clubs went the distance and then some as relief pitching proved to be huge. Eric Schmidt and Craig Conway both lasted five innings and gave up five runs. Schmidt allowed seven hits and lost his control in the fifth inning with three walks. He struck out five in a 78-pitch outing. Conway, the reigning MIAA Pitcher of the Week, yielded four runs in the first two innings and then another run in the fifth. He allowed eight hits and four earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts.
Adrian started hot with three runs in the top of the first. Josh Knorr led off with a single and Jeff Gertley brought him home on his fourth home run of the season. Ryan Dorow was hit by a pitch and Drew Shutes drew a walk to put runners on base. Tommy Eng delivered a RBI single up the middle to score Dorow with the third run.
Albion answered in their half of the first as Kyle Kowal doubled with two outs and Michael Fischbach singled through the right side to cut the lead to 3-1. The Bulldogs tacked on an unearned run in the second as Knorr reached on an error and Gertley doubled him to third. Knorr then scored on a wild pitch and Gertley moved to third. Conway buckled down and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Britons scored a run in the fourth as Fischbach struck again with a solo homer to right making it 4-2. The Bulldogs moved the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth. Collin Parcher singled to start the inning and Eng bunted him over to second. Ben Yax singled Parcher to third and Miccoy Drzewiecki came in to pinch hit and lifted a sacrifice fly to center scoring Parcher.
The Britons scored three times in their half of the fifth to tie the game at 5-5. Kowal drew a bases-loaded walk and then Fischbach drove in a pair of runs with a single. Collin Korte and Jack Wyman each entered the game in the sixth and tossed goose eggs on the board for four innings. Korte allowed just one hit with a walk and three strikeouts picking up his first win (1-0). Wyman matched Korte until the 10th inning when Adrian broke through with the winning run.
Drzewiecki drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Gunnar Glodich stepped up and singled home Drzewiecki with the sixth run for the Bulldogs. It was Glodich's second RBI of the season and his third hit.
The Britons got the win in game two to gain the split. Adrian took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Eng walked and then stole second. Hayden Craig bunted him over to third and Ben Yax bounced into a RBI groundout to shortstop. Albion took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Fischbach doubled to start the inning and stole third. Craig threw the ball into left field on the steal attempt and Fischbach easily scored his team's first run. Jordan Fujarski also had a RBI groundout for the Britons.
The Bulldogs tied it up in the next half inning as Knorr was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on a Gertley single. Dorow then hit a sacrifice fly to score Knorr with the second run. The Bulldogs had a good chance to take the lead with the seventh but stranded Eng at third after a groundout. Both starters were bumped out of the game and Gunnar Owens came into pitch for Albion in the top of the eighth. The retired the Bulldogs in order setting up the bottom half of the inning. Cody Hamilton entered in the sixth and got a big double play and then struck out the side in the seventh. Chase Carpenter came off the bench and delivered a double to left center. Justin Dennis bunted him over to third and Hamilton then struck out Shane Lindemann. Ronnie Williams pinch hit with two outs and singled home Carpenter with the winning run just past the outstretched John Joseph at second base into the right side hole.