By Mike Monahan
For the first time since March 20, both the Lake Land softball and baseball teams won Great Rivers Athletic Conference doubleheaders.
The baseball team downed Shawnee Community College 10-0 in six innings and 24-15 in 10 innings while the softball team edged Lincoln Trail 5-3 and 10-9 on a one-out walk off single by Kaitlyn Scheitler.
The 17th-ranked softball team is 47-7 overall and 27-3 in the GRAC, having won eight in a row to hold a two-game lead over John A. Logan. The Lakers return to action Wednesday at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville with the first of two games to start at noon.
The Lakers baseball team moved above .500, improving to 25-24 overall and 11-16 in the GRAC in extending its longest winning streak of the season at five. They travel to Olney Central College on Wednesday for a GRAC doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.
Lake Land scored three runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and a run in the sixth, as Bryan Belo was perfect in two at-bats with four runs batted, including a three-run homer with one out to get the Lakers on the board.
Ryan Drayer and Jacob Hammer combined to pitch a five-hit shutout, its second in three days. Drayer struck out five in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks, while Hammer had a strikeout in the final inning with no hits and no walks.
In the second game Lake Land trailed 14-6 after six innings in a scheduled nine inning game. The Lakers scored three in the seventh and six in the eighth to lead 15-14, but Shawnee tied the game with a run in its half of the eighth and neither team scored in the ninth. In the 10th Lake Land sent 13 batters to the plate and seven runs scored with two outs. Nathan Gehrke had a two-run homer and Keegan Gararis had a two-run double in the inning.
The 24 runs is the most for Lake Land this season.
Gehrke, Jason Brulport, Davis Johnson and Cameron Nagel all had three hits. Gehrke, Isaiah Hart and Brulport drove in three runs each. Brulport had three of the team’s seven doubles.
Seven pitchers threw for both teams with Dylan Guy recording the win for Lake Land throwing two innings and allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.
Lake Land trailed 4-1 after one inning in the second game before taking the lead in the fifth to go ahead 5-4.
Neoga graduate Liz Titus was perfect in four at-bats with two doubles and one RBI, while Carson Cole, a Stewardson-Strasburg/Windsor grad was 4-for-5 as the two former National Trail Conference players helped the Lakers to the win. Tyana Grader also contributed by going 3-for-5.
Claire Maulding was the winning pitcher throwing six innings and allowing seven hits on five runs with no walks and five strikeouts.
Trailing in the second game 3-1, Lake Land scored the final four runs in the sixth for the victory.
Scheitler started the big inning with a home run. Marama Makea was 2-for-3 with a RBI in the game that both teams had six hits in.
Rachel Kaufman pitched a complete game for Lake Land, allowing six hits on three runs, two of which were earned with only one walk and nine strikeouts.