2017-04-13 / Sports

Lakers blast Bulldogs in 2017 debut

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


DREW PETERSON makes contact during his first at-bat in a Glen Lake uniform. Peterson, who transfered in from Lake City last fall, was the No. 2 hitter for Glen Lake against Mesick on Tuesday. DREW PETERSON makes contact during his first at-bat in a Glen Lake uniform. Peterson, who transfered in from Lake City last fall, was the No. 2 hitter for Glen Lake against Mesick on Tuesday. Warm weather associated with opening day was nowhere to be found on Tuesday.

Spectators bundled up in the bleachers for game one of Glen Lake’s 2017 campaign, the first baseball game played on the peninsula this year, amid temperatures in the high 30s and wind gusts of 9 mph. Fans, who hardly had time to buy their proverbial peanuts and cracker jacks before snowflakes started to fall in the second inning, weren’t exactly in the mood to root, root, root for the home team—so Glen Lake players picked up the slack.

The always-energetic dugout got things going in the first inning by giving leadoff man Jared Jackson, who wears a No. 2 jersey, every variation of “good eye, kid, good eye.” Moments later, the lively crew jumped at a chance to razz newcomer Drew Peterson, who prematurely trotted to first base one ball short of a walk.


GLEN LAKE right-hander Jared Jackson gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out nine in his first start of the 2017 season. GLEN LAKE right-hander Jared Jackson gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out nine in his first start of the 2017 season. “You’ve got to count with your fingers, kid,” one player jeered.

Gray skies aside, baseball season was back and—less than a year removed from a 31-9-1 season—so were the happy-go-lucky Lakers.

Glen Lake put up six runs in the first inning against visiting Mesick on Tuesday and never looked back, notching 10-0 and 9-0 wins in what could be the final Northwest Conference meeting between the two programs.

“The guys were starting to get anxious to start the season, so it couldn’t have come soon enough,” Glen Lake skipper Kris Herman said. “There are plenty of things to work on, like everyone, but it’s a good start.”

Jackson gave up two hits and no walks in his debut while striking out nine. The Lansing Community College commit and Brandon Tremble led at the plate in game one with two hits and one RBI apiece. Cam Drzewiecki added a two-RBI double while Robbie Dezelski, Jacob Penny and Cade Peterson added one RBI apiece.

Cade Peterson led at the plate in game two with three hits, including a double, and three RBI. Drew Peterson and Kory Onthank each drove in two runs while Tremble and Josh Bancroft drove in one apiece.

Herman was pleased with the effort.

“We got good pitching, played mostly good defense and hit the ball well,” Herman said. “When we went cold, we were able to manufacture what we needed. For the most part, it was good, fundamental baseball.”

Mesick, which plans to leave the Northwest Conference for the West Michigan D League in 2018, does not play Glen Lake again this season.

The Lakers will play at Evart today and at Frankfort on Tuesday.

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