- Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 10:13
- Written by The Times Weekly
- Category: Sports News
No. 6 seeded Lewis baseball saw their 2012 season come to an end on Friday (May 18) afternoon at the hands of No. 2 seeded and No. 9 nationally Grand Valley State. The Lakers bested the Flyers 9-5 in the Midwest Regional elimination contest at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. The bid to the Midwest Regional was the first for Lewis since 1996.
The Flyers held leads of 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4. The Lakers had an answer each time. GVSU broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. Three of the four runs in the seventh scored with two outs.
The Flyers threw four runners out at home in the game, including each starting outfielder for the Flyers throwing a runner out.
"Both teams really fought," Lewis head coach Tim McDonough said. "Whenever you get in an elimination game in a tournament like this with what is at stake, both teams are going to fight. I'm proud of our guys for their effort today it just wasn't quite enough."
Helwich allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. He took the loss to drop his record to 7-2. Schroeder finished the game with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Albano scored twice.
"I told the team at the end of the game this is something they're going to be proud of for the rest of their lives," McDonough said. "A lot of kids don't get this opportunity and they should be grateful and thankful. Hopefully we can build on this and progress farther next year."
GVSU improves to 42-15. Lewis ends the 2012 season 33-22.