Story by Crysta Paganelli
For Aquinas sports teams, this spring has been a tough one to compete outside in. Winter stayed extra long this year in Michigan, which caused cancellations of sporting events, especially for the baseball team. After many cancelled or postponed games this season, the Saints baseball squad finally got back out on the field last week to compete.
The Saints started the week off with a double header vs. Lourdes University and split 1-0 and 1-2. In the 9th inning of the first game, MJ Oshinski stepped up to bat and hit a single out to left center which gave Colin Brand the chance to run home and get the Saints the 1-0 win. In game two, Lourdes scored at the top of the first inning. The Saints followed with a hit from junior Tyler Golembiewski, which allowed senior Patrick Giddings to get a run in and tie up the game. They Saints fought a tough battle with no one scoring until the 5th inning. Lourdes scored off a walk, which allowed them to take the lead and eventually win the game.
The next day the Saints squad took on Davenport University in a double header and walked away with two losses 2-14 and 3-4. The Panthers dominated the first game, however freshman Todd Krolewski and junior Tyler Davis scored for the Saints to get them on the board. The second game Aquinas led after senior Tanner Lung hit a triple to right center in the first inning which advanced Giddings to home plate. Later in the first inning, Lung stole home to get the Saints a 2-0 lead. The Panthers came back with two runs in the 5th inning to tie the game up. With the score still tied at the end of the 9th inning the game went to a tenth inning. Aquinas sophomore Jack Trimble scored at the top of the 10th, but Davenport followed with a run to tie the game yet again. So on to the 11th inning they went and the Saints did not get a run, but Davenport did in the bottom of the 11th to end the game and get the win after a tough battle.
Currently the Saints have an overall record of 10-17 and 3-11 in the WHAC Conference. Today the Saints will travel to Howell for a non-conference game to take on Cleary University. This weekend they will travel to Adrian to take on Siena Heights University to try and improve their conference record.
Heading into this week’s competition, senior Mike DeClarke is hoping for some wins for his team. “I believe that going into these next few games we should be able to win. We have showed some improvement recently. However, we have not played our best baseball yet, so I believe we will start to see more positive results as the season progresses.”