Lourdes came from behind in both games on Saturday afternoon to sweep a doubleheader from Spring Arbor 9-8 and 6-4 at Mercy Field to wrap up the fall portion of the 2019 season.
“I was proud of the way we competed to come from behind for a pair of wins,” head coach Jeremy Snow said afterwards. “We showed a great deal of resilience and mental toughness.”
The Gray Wolves allowed three runs in the first and another in the third, falling behind 4-0 in the opener. George Pastor (Walled Lake, Mich./Central H.S.) finally put Lourdes on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly, plating Corey Righman (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley H.S.).
The Cougars responded with three in the top of the fourth to build a 7-1 lead before Lourdes sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven times. Righman delivered a sacrifice fly before Sedrick Gonzalez (Blissfield, Mich./Blissfield H.S.) produced a pinch-hit two-out, bases loaded double to pull the Gray Wolves within two. Pastor followed with a single and Cameron Gallo (Mason, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick H.S.) tied the game with a base hit. Glen Crabtree (Medina, Ohio/Black River H.S.) continued the string with a double, putting Lourdes in front 8-7.
Spring Arbor tied the game in the fifth and the game remained even until the bottom of the seventh when Righman doubled home Michael Davis (Whittier, Calif./California H.S.) with one out for the walk-off victory.
Crabtree and Jay Denman (Toledo, Ohio/Saint Francis de Sales H.S.) had the only multi-hit games in the opener for Lourdes, as the Gray Wolves tallied nine hits.
Adam Hoyos (Oro Valley, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro H.S.) earned his second win (2-0) in as many days with two innings of scoreless relief while Evan Lorey suffered the loss (0-1) for the Cougars.
The Cougars plated four unearned runs in the top of the third of game two, taking advantage of a pair of Lourdes errors, to build an early lead. Lourdes responded with an unearned tally of its own in the bottom of the fram on a Pastor sacrifice fly.
Lourdes started Max Lojko (Barrie, Ont./Ecole Secondaire Catholique H.S.) kept Spring Arbor (3-5) off the scoreboard the rest of his outing, working six innings without allowing an earned run while striking out two and scattering nine hits to keep the Gray Wolves in the game.
“I’m very proud of Max,” Snow added. “He gave us our best start of the weekend and gave us a chance to come back for the win.”
The bats awoke in the sixth, as Lourdes scored five times. Cole Cantelon (Langley, B.C./Brookswood Secondary) and Brad Ammons (Holland, Ohio/Springfield H.S.) had back-to-back singles to pull the Gray Wolves within one and Braden Halford (Cambellcroft, Ont./Saint Mary’s Secondary Catholic H.S.) doubled to give the hosts the lead. Noah Hayes (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek H.S.) added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.
Jake Tucker (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro H.S.) pitched a scoreless ninth, fanning two, to earn his first save of the season.
Aaron Spry suffered the loss (0-1) for the Cougars, allowing six hits and the six runs, five of which were earned, in 5.1 innings on the hill.
Lourdes (3-1) will now be off for four months, returning to the diamond on Feb. 23 to face Saint Xavier in a doubleheader.