Lourdes wrapped up its four-game weekend series against Madonna on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of 5-1 decisions at Illitch Ballpark in Livonia, Mich.
A two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the third in game one put Madonna on the scoreboard first. Lourdes answered in the top of the fourth as Victor Diaz (Medina, Ohio/Cloverleaf H.S.) reached on an error, and gained an RBI when Marty Ramirez (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) crossed home plate.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the first four runners all reached base safely, with the first three scoring, as the Crusaders increased their lead to 5-1. Neither team would cross the plate the rest of the game.
Evan Piechota tossed a complete game five-hitter for the win (3-3), giving up three walks but striking out 10. Drew Lepiarz (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) suffered the loss (1-4), giving up five runs, four of which were earned, and six hits in four innings.
In game two, Madonna scored two batters into the bottom of the first following a double and a single and increased the lead to 2-0 with an unearned sacrifice fly in the third.
The Gray Wolves cut their deficit in half with a walk and two singles in the fifth. Tyler Trame's (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic H.S.) pinch hit single drove home Ramirez (to pull Lourdes to within 2-1.
Madonna (20-17, 7-9 WHAC) quickly responded, plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth and Travis Schuba did the rest, tossing a complete game. He allowed just six Lourdes hits while striking out three and walking just one to earn the win (5-1). Lee Lovejoy (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna H.S.) suffered the loss, despite giving up just two runs, only one of which was earned, in 3.1 innings.
Lourdes (8-22, 5-14) will return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon, traveling to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face Indiana Tech. The first pitch in game one of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.