Cougars prove too powerful in rematch

Micah Kulp
Contributing Writer

After losing both games of the double header at Spring Arbor University on Thursday, the Maple Leafs hosted the Spring Arbor Cougars two days later for another double header series with the chance to draw even.

Starting Maple Leafs pitcher Jason Crocker, a first year, pitched the entire seven innings, keeping the No. 23 nationally-ranked Cougars mostly at bay. Crocker allowed two earned runs and three overall on seven hits, while striking out four and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Cougars. The struggling Maple Leafs offense knocked in only two hits during game one.

Game two was more of the same.

The Cougars took an early lead, scoring one run in the first inning off of Maple Leafs starting pitcher Shane Kurtz, a junior. The Leafs tied the game 1-1 in the second inning when Spring Arbor pitcher Justin Barber was called on a balk, allowing Goshen to pull in a run.

The Cougars came right back, and put three runs on the board in the third inning with some timely hitting and a botched play in the infield.

The Cougars added an insurance run in the fifth inning off a solo home run, putting their lead at 5-3.

The Maple Leafs rallied in the fifth inning as they finally managed to string together some hits. The Leafs scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, one of which was off a second balk call.

The Maple Leafs were never able to close the gap, as they lost the second game with a final score of 5-3.

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