2012-05-24 / Sports

Lakers come back for win; Norse split with Elks

A day off made all the difference for the Glen Lake baseball team, which was in danger of dropping a double header to Mesick last week.

The Bulldogs handed Glen Lake all it could handle in winning the opener, 6-1, on May 15, and led 1-0 after two innings in the nightcap before thunder caused the came to be cancelled.

A different Laker team piled out of the bus the following evening.

“We were down there about an hour, and came back with the win,” said Glen Lake coach Kris Herman. In fact, the first five Lakers to bat in the third inning scored, paced by a two-run double off the bat of Dylan Wendels.

Chad Allen went 3-for-4, while Trevor Apsey singled and doubled. Winning pitcher Austin Odziana handled mound duties on subsequent nights, allowing just one hit and stricking out seven.

“We watched him closely in case he tired, but he came right back and gave us a real solid outing,” Herman said.

On Saturday at the Glen Lake Invitational, the Lakers fell to a hard-hitting Clare team in the first game, 11-1, but used a seven-run fifth inning to earn a comeback win in the nightcap, 10-9.

Clare went on to beat Pine River, 16- 1, in the final.

“They hit the ball. I guess I shouldn’t feel that bad — they’re the best hitting team we’ve seen all season long,” Herman said.

Glen Lake bats were also working, although timing was an issue. Odziana collected three hits, and Curtis Bunek swatted a pair of singles. But the Lakers were just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and stranded eight on the basepaths.

Wendels run-scoring triple highlighted the Lakers’ big fifth inning in the consolation game, with Waning’s double and singles by Odziana and Apsey also sending runners home. Wendels finished 3-for-3, while Odziana picked up two hits. Pitcher Jordan Hill picked up the win with relief help to Bunek.

In a schedule change, Glen Lake hosted Elk Rapids rather than Brethren last night.

Meanwhile, Suttons Bay learned that its slim hopes for a share of the Northwest Conference ended with Benzie Central’s sweep over Mesick this week. The Bulldogs finished 11-1; the Norsemen were 6-3 before playing one makeup game yesterday, followed by a doubleheader tonight with Mesick.

Assistant coaches Ken Herman and Keven Cross guided the Norsemen to a 3-0 win over Elk Rapids in a nonconference double header Friday. Head coach Doug Periard was attending a fammily outing. Randy Kelty pitched the shut-out, scattering five hits without yielding a walk. Sam Kelty singled twice and Alex Crocker singled and doubled. The Norsemen fell in the nightcap, 4-3. Randy Kelty’s double drove in a run, and Mark Stowe singled twice.

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