2017-04-20 / Sports

Baseball roundup: St. Mary sweeps Buckley in debut


ROGER CRIMMINS makes contact with a Buckley pitch at Drow Field on Monday, scoring Cody Campbell for St. Mary’s first run of the season. ROGER CRIMMINS makes contact with a Buckley pitch at Drow Field on Monday, scoring Cody Campbell for St. Mary’s first run of the season. Harrison Schaub and the St. Mary baseball team began the 2017 campaign with a bang this week.

The Eagles racked up 26 hits and 21 runs in Lake Leelanau on Monday with 11-1 and 10-3 wins over Buckley.

“It’s always good to start with two wins,” St. Mary coach Dewey Painter said. “It gives our young guys confidence and something to build on.”

Schaub picked up the win in game one, striking out eight in five innings.

Roger Crimmins led at the plate with a trio of hits and three RBI. Chris Kohler supplied three hits, as well.

Cody Campbell, who had two hits in game one, picked up his first career victory in the nightcap. He scattered one run over four innings.

Andy Bakker had a big game at the plate with two hits and four RBI.


ST. MARY starter Harrison Schaub launches the first pitch of his team’s season on Monday in Lake Leelanau. Schaub struck out eight Buckley batters in game one for his first win. ST. MARY starter Harrison Schaub launches the first pitch of his team’s season on Monday in Lake Leelanau. Schaub struck out eight Buckley batters in game one for his first win. Crimmins added two hits and two RBI. Schaub, Jacob Morton and Nate Smith added two hits apiece.

“I was happy to see the confidence in the kids,” Painter said. “They came out swinging the bats. I let them know I didn’t want them to get behind in the count. I wanted them to attack the ball and swing on the first good pitch they saw, and they did.”

The Eagles will look to stay perfect against visiting Mancelona on Friday.

Frankfort sweeps Glen Lake

For the first time since ‘13, Frankfort has beaten Glen Lake in baseball.

Execution and a series of Glen Lake miscues were key as the Panthers posted 3-0 and 5-2 wins over the visiting Lakers on Tuesday.

“They put us in positions where we threw the ball around and played better baseball than we did,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “They’re a good baseball team. There’s no question. They did to us what we like to do to other teams. They were very solid fundamentally. They really didn’t have too many big hits, but the hits that they got counted at the right times.”

Glen Lake (4-2, 2-2 Northwest) stranded nine runners in game one. Jared Jackson was tagged with the loss.

Cade Peterson, who took the loss in game two, led offensively in the nightcap with a double, a triple and two RBI.

“We have more questions than we have answers right now,” Herman said. “That’s on me to figure out. I feel like I did a poor job getting this team ready for tonight. We need to have those answers addressed by now.”

Herman said the win was the 499th for Frankfort coach Mike Zimmerman.

“I’ve been a player and a coach in the Northwest Conference since 1985 and I know Frankfort is a football town, but all Mike does is consistently roll out great teams, and I really wish he’d get more recognition for that,” he said.

The Lakers will host the Glen Lake Invitational at Wuerfel Park Saturday.

Portagers take two from Norse

Suttons Bay suffered two tough home losses on Monday as Onekama posted a 3-2 seven-inning win and an 8-3 fourinning win in the nightcap.

Pitch count came into play in game one as Suttons Bay skipper Doug Periard pulled Justin McSawby after his starter reached 100 pitches. The Portagers scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error, Periard said.

McSawby, who was tagged with the loss, surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out two.

Suttons Bay (0-6, 0-4 Northwest) was led by Brett Rice and Blaise Mork, who had one hit and one RBI apiece.

Rice took the loss in game two, which was cut short due to darkness. McSawby had two hits and one RBI to lead the Norsemen offensively.

“So far as we’re finding our footing and finding positions, I have confidence we’ll get things going in the right direction,” Periard said. “Elk Rapids and Frankfort are both very strong opponents and Onekama was a very good team tonight also. Hopefully moving forward we’ll make improvements and make the adjustments we need to start having more success.”

The team will host Boyne Falls on Friday.

Lakers sweep Evart

Wesley Peplinski and Josh Bancroft picked up victories on the mound last Thursday as visiting Glen Lake swept Evart 5-1 and 15-3.

“Good efficient pitching from both guys,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “Got out of some jams in the first game, including a bases-loaded jam.”

Peplinski gave up two hits and two walks while striking out seven in game one; Bancroft gave up six hits, two walks and three runs in the nightcap.

Cade Peterson supplied a double and two RBI in game one; Jared Jackson had two doubles.

Peterson added two hits and two RBI in the nightcap while Kory Onthank finished with three hits and one RBI. Joey Fosmore added a pair of RBI.

Elks cruise past Norsemen

Alex Rice and D.J. Petroskey picked up losses on the mound last Thursday as Elk Rapids handed Suttons Bay 8-4 and 9-5 losses at home.

“We played quite well throughout the evening,” Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard said. “We had some moments where we were doing some things well. We just need some seniors to step up and get some key hits when we need them.”

Justin McSawby and Brett Rice had three hits and three RBI apiece in the series

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