By Mac Murzyn ‘24

As the baseball season progresses, conference matchups become more and more intense.

On Tuesday, April 23, the Crusaders took on the Loyola Ramblers in a CCL duel. After a disappointing loss to St. Rita, this was a must win game for the Crusaders.

Senior Casey Giemzik took the mound, who has been having an impressive season. He finished his afternoon with seven innings pitched, five shutout innings, and only two earned runs.

Giemzik said, “I tried my best to put my team in a position to win and competed the best I could. Shoutout to the offense for coming through in the end.”

The Ramblers started the game off with an early run, but the Crusaders did not back down. Gavin Triezenberg took matters into his own hands by crushing a two-run homerun to put the Crusaders up front. Triezenberg finished his day going three for three.

Junior Gavin Triezenberg said, “It was an awesome feeling to tie the game and get our offense started.”

The Ramblers would come back to add another run in the third inning, which resulted in the score remaining tied going into the next four innings.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, the game was put on pause which was resumed on Thursday, April 25.

The game resumed in the eighth inning, and Jackson Natanek walked to load the bases. This brought junior Derrick Holmes to the plate.

Holmes hit a sacrifice fly ball to walk it off, and the Crusaders won a nail-biter, 3-2.

Holmes said, “It felt amazing because we really needed a clutch hit there for the team. With all the adversity we faced, it was nice to come through.”

The Crusaders take on the Caravan this upcoming week, looking to keep the momentum going.