Glenn responds after 1st loss, trumps Zebras in 8 at Rochester DH
WALKERTON — The John Glenn baseball team answered back from its first loss of the season with an eight-inning win in a doubleheader versus Rochester Saturday.
The Falcons succumbed 7-3 in the opener but battled back for a narrow 9-8 win in an extra-inning second game to earn the split.
“We always play a spirited doubleheader with John Glenn,” said Rochester baseball coach Bryan Hooker. “Year in and year out it seems like we split. Every season this is a good way to gauge our teams with this doubleheader. I hope we continue this for a long time.”
The opener saw Rochester’s Cyrus Holland and Taylor Medina hit a pair of second-inning doubles to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Glenn came right back with two hits of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Kyle Liedtky started with a double down the left field line and Cody Myer ripped a single to drive him in. Austin Bloss beat out a slow roller, and Drew McDonald followed with an infield hit, and Myer scored when the late throw to first sailed errant to give Glenn a 2-1 lead.
But the Zebras’ bats got to Glenn starter Tyler Niespodziany in the third as Carter Screeton, Tanner Hampton and Peyton Showley all recorded hits to load the bases. After Holland’s sacrifice fly scored Screeton, Medina reached on an error at short that scored Hampton, and Brandt Eytcheson hit a two-run double to put the home team back on top 5-2.
Rochester added two insurance runs in the fifth when Holland singles, Medina Walked, Eytcheson singled, and Sheldon Albright reached on a fielder’s choice.
Glenn rallied in the fifth as Mark Einhorn singled, Justin Gierlowski was hit by a pitch and Liedtky singled, but it was too little, too late for the Falcons.
The second game saw a pair of big innings, one by each team to set the stage for the extra inning.
The Falcons had the first big-production inning in the bottom the second. Liedtky led off with a single, followed by a Niespodziany hit, and DH Andrew Holderbaum smacked a one-out double to drive in Liedtky.
Bloss reached on an error, and Drew McDonald scored Niespodziany and Holderbaum with a two-run double, followed by a single from Einhorn.
Justin Gierlowski and David Jaworkski were hit by pitches in quick succession, bringing Liedtky around again, and he drove in another run with a SAC fly to left. After Niespodziany walked, Cole Kaser was hit by a pitch, and Holderbaum tallied his second RBI of the inning with a single that drove in Jaworski to put Glenn ahead 8-1 before Niespodziany was thrown out at the plate.
The Zebras fired back in their half of the fourth with three straight singles before Jacob Howdeshell produced a ground rule double. Screeton drew a walk, and Tanner Hampton took Einhorn deep with a 360-foot grand slam to knot the score at 8-all before Cyrus Holland hit into a double play to retire the side.
Neither team scored again until Gierlowski led off the eighth with a double followed by a Jaworski single, Liedtky was intentionally walked to load the bags, and Kaser was hit by a pitch with one out to give Glenn the walk-off win.
Liedtky had three strikeouts and allowed no hits in three shutout innings relieving Mark Einhorn in the sixth. He moved to 2-0 on the young season after his season-opening start at Oregon-Davis last Monday.
“Pitching was everything today in this wind,” said Glenn coach John Nadolny. “The first game, theirs was the best, but this second game we had Liedtky taking command.
“That wind out there was crazy, and we told Kyle when he came in that he had to keep the ball below the knees, which he accomplished. I wasn’t happy giving up that big lead, but sometimes after five games in a week the mental concentration takes a break. Hey, we regrouped, fought back and prevailed.”
Rochester moves to 3-1 with the split, while Glenn is now 4-1. The Falcons travel to North Judson Tuesday.
• ROCHESTER 7-8, JOHN GLENN 3-9
Rochester: 014 020 0 — 7 11 2
Glenn: 020 010 0 — 3 8 1
Andrew Feldman (W, 1-0), Cyrus Holland (6; S); Tyler Niespodziany (L, 0-1), Michael Holderread (4).
2B: Peyton Showley (R), Holland (R), Taylor Medina (R), Brandt Eytchson (R)
Rochester: 101 600 00 — 8 12 4
Glenn 080 000 01 — 9 14 2
Hampton, Holland (5; L, 0-1); Mark Einhorn, Kyle Liedtky (6; W, 2-0).
2B: Justin Gierlowski (G) 2, Austin Bloss (G) 2, Drew McDonald (G), Andrew Holderbaum (G)
HR: Hampton (R)
Records: Rochester 3-1, Glenn 4-1.