2017-05-04 / Sports

Jackson, Lakers hold off Norse to win Leelanau County Classic

Baseball roundup
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY senior Baylor Mikesell (33) steps to the plate on Saturday during game two of the Leelanau County Classic at Glen Lake. SUTTONS BAY senior Baylor Mikesell (33) steps to the plate on Saturday during game two of the Leelanau County Classic at Glen Lake. Last year, a walk-off sacrifice fly lifted Suttons Bay to a thrilling Leelanau County Classic championship victory over Glen Lake.

This year, however, Jared Jackson and his Glen Lake teammates left little room for late-inning heroics.

The Lakers raced out to a 6-1 lead through three innings and never looked back in Saturday’s title game, reclaiming county bragging rights with a 7-2 win over the visiting Norsemen.

“The guys played good, efficient, team baseball today,” said Glen Lake coach Kris Herman. “We got solid pitching from a lot of different people, played great defense to back it up and hit really well.”

Glen Lake (11-3, 4-2 Northwest) got things going from the get-go with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.


GLEN LAKE senior Jared Jackson, pictured following through on a pitch in the team’s season-opening game against Mesick, came up big for Glen Lake in the Leelanau County Classic on Saturday. GLEN LAKE senior Jared Jackson, pictured following through on a pitch in the team’s season-opening game against Mesick, came up big for Glen Lake in the Leelanau County Classic on Saturday. Nick Apsey led off with a single and stole a base and Robbie Dezelski did the same before Apsey reached home base on a passed ball. From there, an RBI single from Jackson scored Dezelski and an RBI double from Cade Peterson scored Jackson, making it 3-0.

Suttons Bay (5-7, 2-4 Northwest) got on the board in the top of the third with a leadoff single from Kaleb Grant and an RBI double from Brett Rice, but Glen Lake fired right back in the bottom of the inning with three more runs.

Dezelski, who got things started with a leadoff walk, then found his way home on an RBI single from Jackson. Jackson did the same with another RBI double from Peterson, who eventually scored on a passed ball to make it 6-1.

Suttons Bay threatened again in the top of the sixth, loading the bases shortly after a leadoff single from Alec Rice and an RBI single from Baylor Mikesell, but Jackson came in to pitch Glen Lake out of the bases-loaded jam and preserve a four-run lead for the reigning conference champions.

“The game could have turned pretty quickly on one hit, and Jared was able to get us a pop up to limit the damage,” Herman said of the senior. “He came up big in a big moment.”

Jackson picked up the save, recording the final four outs for Glen Lake.

Josh Bancroft got the win, surrendering one run on six hits while striking out four.

“Josh came in on a spot start and did a really nice job,” Herman said. “He kept the ball down, didn’t let them establish consistent timing and got a lot of ground balls as a result. He was smart about it and pitched, rather than trying to throw it past everyone.”

Peterson led for Glen Lake at the plate with three hits and two RBI. Jackson finished with two hits and two RBI while Dezelski supplied two hits and one RBI.

Justin McSawby took the loss for Suttons Bay, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out one and going 2-for-4 at the plate. Brett Rice and Alex Rice added two hits apiece.

“We put the ball in play, and they made the plays,” said Suttons Bay skipper Doug Periard. “They’re a well-coached team. They hit the ball well and played a good game. It’s an all-around quality team.”

The pair of county rivals were scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, but the Northwest Conference doubleheader was called off due to inclement weather and moved to May 23.

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Lakers roll past St. Mary

A six-run third inning propelled Glen Lake to a 15-5 victory over visiting St. Mary in game one of Saturday’s Leelanau Classic.

Joey Fosmore picked up the win for Glen Lake in relief, giving up zero runs and one hit while striking out three in 1.1 innings.

Jared Jackson led at the plate, supplying three hits and two RBI. Cade Peterson added a double and three RBI, Robbie Dezelski had a double and two RBI, and Fosmore finished with two hits and one RBI.

St. Mary coach Dewey Painter was impressed with the Lakers, who also handed the Eagles 14-4 and 15-0 losses in Lake Leelanau last week.

“They may not be at the caliber they were last year, but they’re still a fundamentally sound and real good team,” Painter said.

Harrison Schaub took the loss for St. Mary on Saturday. Nate Smith led at the plate with three hits and one RBI while two players, Schaub and Chris Kohler, supplied two hits apiece. Roger Crimmins had one hit and two RBI.

Suttons Bay bats come to life

The Norsemen put themselves in a position to repeat as Leelanau Classic champions by beating St. Mary 14-0 in game two (five innings).

“We came out on fire,” Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard said.

Alec Rice got the win, scattering one hit and two walks across three innings while striking out three. Kaleb Grant led at the plate with four hits. Justin McSawby had three hits and three RBI; Brett Rice had three hits.

Harrison Schaub and Ryan Popp supplied the lone hits for St. Mary.

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