The struggles for the Briar Cliff baseball team continued on Thursday with a pair of losses to Midland in GPAC play. The Warriors defeated BC 8-7 and 8-4 to start a four-game series that will conclude on Saturday.
The Chargers had an early lead in both contests as the team responded to a Midland run in the first inning of the opener with a pair in the bottom of the frame. The first Cliff run came thanks to a balk by Midland starting pitcher Aaron Hassell. The Blue and Gold scored one more run on a sacrifice fly and looked to expand the lead even more, but Hassell managed to induce an inning-ending double play.
The Warriors then put up a pair in the third inning, only to have the Chargers tie the game back up with one in the second half of the inning. But three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth allowed Midland to get some cushion. A late Charger rally came up just short in the 8-7 contest as Brendon Jones entered the game with two outs in the sixth inning with runners on and retired four BC batters to earn the save.
Peyton Griesert was effective in the leadoff spot for Briar Cliff in the game, reaching base in all four plate appearances with three hits and a walk. He also had a stolen base, two RBIs and one run scored.
Sawyer Olson went 1-for-2 in the game with the team’s only extra base hit when he hit an RBI double in the third.
The Cliff jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap but were unable to crack the scoreboard anymore and three run frames in the fifth and sixth lifted the Warriors to the sweep.
The top of the BC order was not the issue offensively as each of the first three batters in the lineup recorded multiple hits. Griesert once again tallied three knocks while also stealing another bag. Trevor Adler and Brady Harpenau each finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate. Olson recorded another RBI double, this one coming in the opening inning. Nick Robinson also had a double for the Blue and Gold in his only at bat after entering the game in the sixth.
Andrew Snook picked up the win for Midland. After a shaky start, the righty ended up going 6.1 innings allowing four runs on 11 hits and four walks. He struck out five BC hitters. Jones picked up his second save on the day after coming in with the bases loaded with two outs to go. He did not allow a run to score while on the mound.
Austin Carter suffered the loss in relief for Briar Cliff. He allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits.
With the wins, Midland evened up its record on the season to 20-20. The Warriors are 13-9 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff dropped below .500 at 20-21 and 10-12 in conference play. The two teams will meet up at Bishop Mueller Field for another doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.