2017-05-11 / Sports

Lakers sweep Kingsley, extend win streak to 13

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

It seems Kris Herman and the No. 8 Glen Lake baseball team have put their 4-3 start in the rear-view mirror.

Jared Jackson and Kory Onthank led the way on Tuesday as the Lakers won their 12th and 13th straight games against visiting Kingsley, 4-2 and 14-6.

Jackson picked up the win in game one, surrendering two runs on eight hits while striking out seven. He also had a single and two RBI at the plate.

The Lakers (17-3, 8-2 Northwest) trailed 6-3 early in the nightcap, but a five-run third inning helped shift the momentum for good.

Onthank, who was pressed into a relief role, got the win after scattering three hits and one walk over five innings while striking out four.

“We had to scramble just to stay in it, but we settled down and pulled it together,” Herman said. “Kory’s presence on the mound was the main reason for that. He stayed steady, and everyone else followed him.”

Brandon Tremble had a big game at the plate with three hits and four RBI. Josh Bancroft also had three hits and drove in a run. Jacob Penny had two hits and two RBI.


Benzie blanks Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay batters had a rough go against visiting Benzie on Tuesday in a pair of shutout losses, 10-0 and 9-0.

The Norse (6-12, 2-8 Northwest) had just four hits in game one. Baylor Mikesell had two; Kaleb Grant and Justin McSawby had one apiece. McSawby was tagged with the loss after scattering five hits and four walks across four innings while striking out five.

Brett Rice took the loss in game two as Suttons Bay mustered up just four hits. Grant had two hits; Mikesell and Rice had one apiece.

“We’ve hit some rough patches where we make some mistakes,” coach Doug Periard said. “Against good teams, you can’t do that.”

Walk-off walk propels Glen Lake

Josh Bancroft and Cade Peterson led Glen Lake to a pair of wins over visiting Elk Rapids on Saturday, 6-5 and 12-2.

The Lakers erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning in game one, walking off after back-toback to-back walks. Peterson led at the plate with a pair of hits.

Bats came to life in the nightcap as the Lakers put up nine runs in the first two innings. Peterson, who surrendered just three hits in four innings while striking out six, gave himself plenty of run support with three hits and five RBI. Brandon Tremble added three hits and three RBI.

“We have some things to clean up still, but for the most part, I like the way that we are playing right now,” Glen Lake skipper Kris Herman said. “We’ve really had some flashes of defensive brilliance lately, particularly in relays, and we’re starting to heat up at the plate. Our plate approaches have been great, and the guys have been really tough in two-strike situations.”

Norse finish second in Lake City

Suttons Bay split its pair of games in Saturday’s Lake City Invitational, beating Whittemore-Prescott 13-3 before falling 14-4 to Lake City in the championship game.

Alec Rice put together a career outing in game one, surrendering just one hit and five walks while striking out six. Rice also went 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles. Older brother Brett Rice had a huge game as well, finishing with a triple and five RBI. Baylor Mikesell added three hits in the lopsided victory, finishing 3-for-4.

Hits were harder to come by in game two, however, as Brett Rice supplied the team’s only multi-hit performance. DJ Petroskey took the loss.

“Both teams were battling a sandstorm,” coach Doug Periard said. “The wind was just blasting us in the face. As the day wore on, a few misplayed balls made the difference.”

Lakers breeze past Buckley

Jacob Penny and his Glen Lake teammates brought plenty of offense to their Friday doubleheader with Buckley, scoring 31 runs in 15-0 and 16-0 home victories.

Wesley Peplinski and Kory Onthank were the pitchers of record in games one and two, respectively.

Jared Jackson was the lone Laker with a multi-hit performance in game one; he had a single, a double and an RBI. Nick Apsey led offensively in the nightcap with two hits and three RBI.

Stags sweep Norse at home

Big games from Baylor Mikesell weren’t enough for Suttons Bay on Friday as Kingsley came away with a sweep, winning 6-4 and 10-8.

“We played some good baseball,” coach Doug Periard said. “We had some guys out of town and the guys that went in to play their positions did a nice job, but we had a couple plays that didn’t go as well as they should have because we were out of position.”

Mikesell delivered a single, a double and an RBI in game one and three hits and two RBI in the nightcap.

Justin McSawby scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out two in game one. Brett Rice, who finished with four total hits and two RBI in the pair of losses, started game two.

Sabres stymie St. Mary

Traverse City Christian handed Lake Leelanau St. Mary a pair of home losses last Wednesday, 13-4 and 13-0.

The Eagles (2-6) managed to score four unearned runs in game one without a single hit, but it wasn’t enough.

The team tallied five hits in the nightcap, but another offensive outburst from the Sabres put the game out of reach. Chris Kohler led at the plate with two doubles while Jack Anhut, Roger Crimmins and Jonathan Gregory supplied one hit apiece.

“We have to get better by eliminating errors and by making plays,” St. Mary coach Dewey Painter said.

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