2017-04-13 / Sports

Opportunistic Panthers sweep Norse


JUSTIN MCSAWBY, pictured in 2016, did all he could to give Suttons Bay a chance at Frankfort on Tuesday. JUSTIN MCSAWBY, pictured in 2016, did all he could to give Suttons Bay a chance at Frankfort on Tuesday. Sometimes the best way to learn is a good old-fashioned trial by fire.

With a season-opening series at Frankfort, the new-look Suttons Bay baseball team did just that on Tuesday.

The Norsemen, who have five underclassmen on their 15-player roster this spring, put out a few fires in a 5-2 loss in game one—but couldn’t prevent the Panthers from catching fire in the nightcap. Frankfort won game two in emphatic fashion, 15-0.

“I was very pleased with the first part of the outing but in the second game we strung together a lot of mistakes,” Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard said. “That was a very good Frankfort team, and we needed to gain this experience to improve.”

Senior starter Justin McSawby surrendered just one hit and two walks in game one while striking out three.

Nonetheless, Frankfort found a way.

“They managed to string that together into four runs in one inning,” Periard said.

Alex Rice drove in both runs for Suttons Bay after singles from Kaleb Grant and Baylor Mikesell.

Offensive highlights were few and far between in game two, however, a game in which Frankfort took advantage of Suttons Bay errors and rounded the bases with relative ease.

“We’re still working on positioning,” Periard said.

Brett Rice was tagged with the loss.

The Norse will look to bounce back in today’s home opener against Elk Rapids at 4:15 p.m.

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