The Midland Golden Eagles scored 36 runs on their way to a pair of baseball decisions over the Prince of Peace Irish on West Field on Monday afternoon. Midland dropped the Irish 20-11 in the first game, then 16-1 in the nightcap.
Both scores sound pretty ugly, but the first game was not as bad as it sounds. It took Midland two extra innings to slow up Prince of Peace.
The Irish outhit Midland in the first game, 18-15, including a grand slam home run by Ryan VanZuiden, his first home run and one with bases loaded to cap it off. That came in a six-run outburst by Prince of Peace in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the score at 10-10, sending the game into extra innings.
Sean Mulholland also homered for the Irish, belting a two-run shot and pushing Anthony Sinn home in front of him. Sinn opened the fifth with a bunt single.
Neither team could score in the eighth with Prince of Peace leaving the bases loaded.
The Eagles used three walks, three Irish errors and a hit batsman to go with hits by Tyler Schurbon, Kolby Harms and Ryan Johnson, sending 10 runners over the plate in the ninth inning and taking a 20-10 lead.
The Irish could come back with just a single counter in the last of the ninth on a single by Sinn and a long single to the fence by Mulholland, Sinn scoring all the way from first.
Midland grabbed the lead in the game with a single run in the second inning. The Irish stepped in front 2-1 in the last half of the second on consecutive singles by VanZuiden, Sean Williams and Jeremy Peters.
The Eagles moved in front 7-2 with two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. In the last of the fifth, Mulholland’s two-run blast cut it to 7-4. After Midland scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh, it carried a 10-4 margin into the bottom of the seventh.
By the end of the seventh the Irish had scored six runs, pulling even at 10-10. Mulholland led off with a single to start the action off relief hurler Schurbon. The next three batters walked, pushing Mulholland around the bases and leaving runners on each of them.
That brought VanZuiden to the plate. He clubbed the first pitch thrown to him over the left-field fence, pulling the Irish within 10-9. Williams followed with a single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis Witt to tie the game.
“I was hoping for a fast ball, and that’s what it was,” VanZuiden said. “I hit the first pitch he threw to me. I wasn’t sure it was going to go over the fence. I looked and it was still in the air, but I looked a second time and saw it was (going out). I definitely felt very good touching the plate.”
Prince of Peace was the visitor in the second game and pulled in front 1-0 on consecutive singles by Ian Flood, Witt, Cameron Ryan and Mulholland. The Irish left the bases loaded on two flyballs to center fielder Jerry Stepp and an infield putout. They were retired on three strikeouts in the second frame, left two runners in the third and one in the fourth.
Midland moved in front 3-1 in the first inning, then 8-1 in the second. A walk to Harms and singles by Jerry Stepp and Schurbon upped the margin to 10-1 in the third. The Eagles ended the game scoring six runs after two were out in the fourth.
Coach Dan Love’s Midland nine is now 9-7 in Big East Conference action, while Prince of Peace drops to 0-15.
“The kids did hit the ball well,” Irish coach Bob Mulholland said after the games. “We give teams too many outs each inning by not cleaning up (errors). One of these days we will put it together and win a game. That was a great home run by VanZuiden. This is the first time he’s played ball in five years. He’s a good kid.”
Prince of Peace is at Olin on Thursday, home against Bellevue Marquette next Tuesday and then at Preston on July 8.
MIDLAND 20, PRINCE OF PEACE 11 (9 INN.)
Midland 012 221 20(10) — 20 15 1
P. of Peace 020 020 601 — 11 18 10
Shedeck, Taylor Schurbon, Kolby Harms and Cole Ackley; Seth Hinrichs, Cameron Ryan, Jeremy Peters and Sean Mulholland. WP - Harms. LP - Ryan. Two or more hits - M (Jerry Stepp 2, Taylor Schurbon 2, Ryan Johnson 2, Taylor Stepp 2, Ryan Andresen 2, Logan Pestka 2), PoP (Anthony Sinn 4, Sean Mulholland 4, Andrew Jacobs 2, Ryan VanZuiden 2, Sean Williams 3). 2B - Midland (Jerry Stepp), PoP (Sinn, Witt). HR - Midland (Jerry Stepp), PoP (Mulholland, VanZuiden). RBIs - Midland (Jerry Stepp 2, Schurbon 3, Johnson 4, Taylor Stepp, Jeffrey, Andresen, Pestka 2), PoP (Mulholland 3, Jacobs, VanZuiden 4, Peters, Witt).
MIDLAND 16, PRINCE OF PEACE 1 (4 INN.)
Prince of Peace 100 0 — 1 6 3
Midland 352 6 — 16 11 10
Harms and Leonard; Flood and Witt. WP - Harms. LP - Flood. Two or more hits - Midland (Harms 2, Ackley 2, Schurbon 2, Lasack 2), PoP (Mulholland 2). 2B - Ackley, Harms. RBIs - Midland (Harms 2, Jerry Stepp 3, Ackley 3, Schurbon 3, Pestka 2), PoP (Mulholland).