BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s baseball team evened its record to 3-3 with a 7-4 victory at Springfield on April 12.
The Panthers actually trailed the Blue Devils 3-0 before exploding for six runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Junior starting pitcher Blake Adams and senior Devon Cleghorn began the frame with back-to-back singles before scoring Maumee’s first two runs on a one-out triple by senior rightfielder Caleb Brown.
Brown next scored the tying run on a squeeze bunt from senior shortstop Justin Studenka, who advanced to second when a pitch hit senior designated hitter Hunter Duby and then scored the Panthers’ go-ahead on a single by senior leftfielder Cameron Hahn.
Junior third baseman Matt Butler then reached base on a Springfield error.
After Butler and Hahn bumped up to second and third as Duby was thrown out at the plate, both Maumee players went on to score on a single by junior second baseman Austin Pauken and a second Blue Devils miscue.
An inning later, Spring-field inched back within two runs when junior rightfielder Anthony Duncan reached base on what was ruled a dropped third strike, moved over to second and third on a Panthers error and a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch.
Now on top 6-4, Maumee tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh stanza on a walk by senior reliever Matt Dalton and a Cleghorn double.
Dalton went on to secure the relief win by serving up a groundout, a strikeout and a fly-out to end the contest.
The Blue Devils scored the game’s first run in the opening inning when senior third baseman Alex Legeza got plunked and stole second before sophomore leftfielder Tristan Todorowski doubled him home.
Springfield’s second two runs came in the fourth frame when Duncan and junior second baseman Matt McDougle reached base on a bloop single and a walk and then scored on a two-out Legeza triple.
Adams started the game for the Panthers and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks through four innings.
Dalton then surrendered an unearned run on a walk, while striking five Blue Devils batters out in his three innings of work.
Cleghorn (double, two runs, RBI) and Duby (double, walk) tied for the game lead with three hits each and sophomore first baseman Zach Marvin (double) joined Pauken (RBI) with additional multi-hit Maumee performances.
Senior Taylor Giesige started for Springfield and allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. Todorowski threw the final 2.2 innings, during which he surrendered another earned run on three hits and a walk.
Duncan paced the Blue Devils batters with a 2-for-3 performance that included two runs and a stolen base.
Springfield got exceptional play from senior centerfielder Adam Beale on the night, despite the loss.