MACOMB, Ill. - Fighting Leatherneck baseball dropped the weekend finale to the Mavericks of Omaha on Sunday (Apr. 14), 5-3. The Mavericks completed the series sweep with the victory.
Jameson Henning ended the day with a career-high four hits, two RBI, and now has a 15-game hitting streak.
The Mavericks got on the board first in the game, scoring three in the top half of the second inning to take an early lead. Omaha picked up four hits in the inning, highlighted by a Caleb Palensky two-RBI double.
Western capitalized on an Omaha error to score their first run in the third inning. Zack Burling reached on the error and scored after Henning hit an RBI single into left field.
The Purple & Gold put another run across in the fifth inning after Henning hit another run-scoring single that plated Brent Turner from second.
Omaha scored its fourth run of the game in the sixth inning while Western scored their final run in the seventh. The Leathernecks picked up three hits in the seventh and Zack Burling crossed the plate on a Steve Kedroski single.
In total the Leathernecks had 12 hits in the contest, highlighted by Henning’s four. Burling, Kedroski and Mark Garton recorded two hits apiece for Western.
On the mound the Western used three pitchers in the game. Mason Pingel (1-4) got the start and took the loss after throwing two innings with one strikeout and three runs allowed.
Aaron Michel threw a career high five innings in the game with two strikeouts and no earned runs. Alex Doty threw the final two innings for Western allowing no earned runs and just two hits.
Steven Schoonover (2-2) picked up the win for the Mavericks. The lefty threw five innings with three strikeouts and two runs allowed.
Following the game the Leathernecks held a successful baseball clinic for children ages 6-12. Players and coaches taught fundamentals and played games with more than 30 children in attendance.
The Leathernecks will be off until next weekend when they travel to both North Dakota and South Dakota for games against the Bison and Jackrabbits. Western will take on North Dakota State in a doubleheader on Friday (Apr. 19) and South Dakota State in a doubleheader on Sunday (Apr. 21).