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Ramblers score season-high 24 runs against WWT

Dom Mielke’s blast put an exclamation point on Fraser’s championship run.

Mielke hit a two-run home run that easily cleared the left-field fence in the seventh inning and capped the scoring as the visiting Ramblers clinched a third consecutive MAC Gold Division baseball championship with a 24-13 victory over Warren Woods-Tower on Wednesday.

The Titans had a 7-3 lead after two innings, but four bases-loaded walks helped Fraser score nine times in the third, and the Ramblers went on to the victory that gave them a second triumph over WWT this week and a 12-2 division record with one game to play.

Mielke’s home run gave the senior three hits and three RBI on a warm and windy day. He walked twice and scored four runs.

“It was my last at bat, and I was trying to make good contact,” Mielke said of the homer. “I was ahead of the ball all day. It happened to go out.

“I’m proud of the team today – league champions. We’ve gotten better as a team.”

Zach Gieglehem went 4-for-4 including a double, and the junior had five RBI and scored three runs for Fraser. Senior catcher Paul Baur added three singles and walked twice, and he drove in two runs as the Ramblers posted a season-high run total.

Vinnie Konvinski and Justin Scheuer each had a two-run single in the Ramblers’ nine-run third. Mielke, Baur, Nick Binkowski and Gieglehem drew a bases-loaded walk apiece against two WWT pitchers.

Warren Woods-Tower, which tied Fraser for the Gold title last year, was ahead or close to the Ramblers for much of the game.

The Titans scored four times in the bottom of the first to wipe out Fraser’s 3-0 lead; Ryan Feuquay hit a two-run home run to the opposite field in the fourth, and Andrew Capone hit a three-run homer in the fifth that pulled WWT to within 17-12.

“This is definitely a rivalry,” Mielke said. “In the last few years, the two of us have gone back and forth.”

Baur’s run-scoring single gave Fraser an 18-12 lead, two runs scored on an infield error and Geiglehem’s hit knocked in two more as the Ramblers built a 22-12 lead in the sixth.

But with Fraser three outs from winning a mercy-shortened contest, Warren Woods-Tower pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth to extend by one more inning a game that took a few minutes shy of three hours to complete.

“Everybody from both sides was hitting,” Warren Woods-Tower coach Tom Miller said. “It was good for the offense, but not for the pitching.

“We used a lot of pitching, and we didn’t want to. We’ve got two more games this week.”

Scheuer pitched the sixth and seventh innings for Fraser.

Nick Vodak, a junior right-hander who was the second of three Rambler hurlers, earned the victory.

“I thought our kids battled,” Fraser coach Dave Kuppe said. “Every kid at the plate battled. It’s kind of amazing that we won a game like this.

“I’m happy for the kids. They worked hard for this. Winning the division was one of our goals.”

Fraser won an outright Gold championship in 2015.

The Ramblers and Titans conclude their three-game series Thursday.

Last Updated: 5/17/2017 9:28:20 PM EST