Six Gaels drive in two runs or more in MIAA road victory

The Mount St. Joseph baseball team continued its strong start to the 2021 season, Thursday, going on the road and collecting 14 hits in a MIAA A Conference rout of John Carroll School, which was hosting its first league game on its beautiful new turf baseball field.

The Gaels (4-1 overall), who had six different players drive in two runs or more, improved to 3-1 in conference play and sit just a half game behind co-league leaders Archbishop Curley and Archbishop Spalding, who are each 4-1.

Ethan Grieb, the Gaels leadoff hitter, went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI’s to set the pace for St. Joe. Michael Sweeney had a double and two RBI’s, as did Travis Leatherwood, who had two hits and added two runs and two RBI’s.

St. Joe’s other batters with a pair of runs driven in were Josh Lantz, Joey Willis and Landon Cooley, who stroked a triple.

Tate Gerringer stroked a two run single in the bottom of the first inning to stake John Carroll to an early 2-0 lead, but the Gaels responded, in the top of the second, when Nick Strouse, a courtesy runner who came on after Sweeney reached on an error, scored on a mishandled pop fly and Grieb singled home a run.

The Gaels took a 3-2 lead when Colley singled home a run in the third and stretched their lead to 6-2, in the fourth, on back-to-back RBI singles by Leatherwood and Willis. It stayed that way until the top of sixth when the Gaels busted things open with an eight-run outburst. The big blows were a two-run double by Sweeney and a run producing triple by Cooley.

Jackson Bauer went the distance on the bump for St. Joe, allowing just four hits and two runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Pictured above: Mount St. Joseph leadoff hitter Ethan Grieb, who was 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI’s in the Gaels 14-2 win at John Carroll.