2017-05-18 / Sports

McSawby homers as Suttons Bay sweeps Buckley

Baseball roundup
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY freshman DJ Petroskey strikes out a Buckley batter in game one of a home twinbill on Tuesday. The Norsemen won both games, 10-6 and 15-0. SUTTONS BAY freshman DJ Petroskey strikes out a Buckley batter in game one of a home twinbill on Tuesday. The Norsemen won both games, 10-6 and 15-0. The Suttons Bay bats were in full swing against Buckley on Tuesday.

Justin McSawby tallied four hits, four RBI and four runs—not to mention the team’s first home run of the season—in two games as Suttons Bay swept the visiting Bears 10-6 and 15-0.

The offensive outburst was a welcome sight to Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard, whose team had scored just 16 runs in its previous seven games. The Norsemen went 1-6 in that stretch.

“We seem to be hitting the ball with a little more authority,” Periard said.

The Norsemen (9-15, 4-8 Northwest) did just that in game one as three players provided multi-hit games. McSawby supplied a single, the homer and four RBI. Baylor Mikesell added three hits, including a double, and scored three runs and Jordan Kiessel delivered a single and a double.

Luke Murphy picked up the win in relief, pitching Suttons Bay through a Buckley rally late in the game.

“It got interesting,” Periard said.

McSawby registered the win in game two while staying hot at the plate with a pair of hits. Four other Norsemen had multi-hit games in the nightcap, including Grant, who had three hits and one RBI. DJ Petroskey, Alec Rice and Brett Rice added two hits apiece. Brett Rice drove in a run, as well.

The game ended in four innings on a walk-off RBI single from Seth Megill.

“We’re coming together and getting solidified in certain positions,” Periard said. “Younger players are pushing older players to improve. Seems like we’re moving in the right direction.”

The team can finish .500 by winning seven of its final eight regular-season games, but it’ll have to go through a pair of Leelanau County rivals to do so.

The team will take on St. Mary (2-6) in Lake Leelanau today and host Glen Lake (25-5, 9-3 Northwest) on Tuesday.

Lakers, Portagers split twinbill

A three-run home run from Jacob Penny propelled No. 7 Glen Lake to an 8-7 conference win at Onekama on Tuesday, but the up-and-coming Portagers stole the spotlight in game two by pulling off a 4-3 upset.

“Overall, they were two really good baseball games,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “Just a bit disappointing we couldn’t figure out a way to scratch one out in the second game.”

Drew Peterson took the loss in game two despite giving up just three hits. Penny, Jared Jackson and Cade Peterson drove in one run apiece.

Jackson got the win in game one, giving up six hits and providing two of his own hits at the plate. Kory Onthank came in to secure the save.

Norsemen salvage home split

Suttons Bay snapped a six-game slide in game two of a home doubleheader with Brethren on Monday, bouncing back from a 4-1 loss in game one with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.

“We needed that win,” said Suttons Bay skipper Doug Periard.

Brett Rice registered the win in game two, giving up two hits and five walks while striking out six. Kaleb Grant recorded two doubles and two RBI while Rice and Justin McSawby drove in one run apiece.

Alec Rice took the loss in game one, surrendering four hits and three walks while striking out four. Brett Rice, who had the team’s only RBI, and Grant led at the plate with two hits apiece.

Lakers third in Schlosser tourney

A game-saving web gem from pitcher Kory Onthank with the bases loaded helped Glen Lake outlast Elkton- Pigeon-Bayport 4-2 in the John Schlosser Memorial Tournament consolation game on Saturday afternoon.

“Kory popped up like it was routine and we went on about our business, but I’m convinced that catch saved the game for us,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said of the grab, a sliding catch in front of the home dugout. “It was an absolutely incredible play by him.”

Onthank, who was credited with a save, gave up one hit in 1.1 innings. Drew Peterson picked up the win, scattering zero hits and one run across 4.2 innings while striking out six. Jacob Penny provided two hits and one RBI. Jared Jackson had an RBI double.

The win allowed the Lakers to end the day on a high note after a 5-1 loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic in game one of the tournament, a game in which Glen Lake hitters struck out 14 times. Jared Jackson and Brandon Tremble had Glen Lake’s only hits in the game.

Traverse City St. Francis won the tournament, taking down West Catholic 4-1 in the championship game.

Rayders sweep Norse at home

Charlevoix pitching got the best of Suttons Bay batters last Thursday as the Rayders recorded 8-0 and 9-4 wins.

Justin McSawby, Blaise Mork and Brett Rice provided one hit apiece in game one. Alec Rice took the loss.

Baylor Mikesell did the same in game two despite a fast start from Suttons Bay at the plate. The Norsemen opened the game with six straight hits and a four-run first inning. Kaleb Grant and Brett Rice led at the plate with two hits and one RBI apiece.

“They are a quality program,” Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard said. “We’ve had a series with them for years and they are a strong Division 3 team. We played very well against them. We got to see their best pitching, but if we don’t have our struggles pitching in the doubleheader, the outcome could have been different. We played quite well, but our pitching wasn’t up to par.”

Home runs lift Lakers to sweep

Cade Peterson and Cameron Drzewiecki homered in the same game last Wednesday as Glen Lake manufactured 5-4 and 8-4 wins at Manton.

Peterson’s home run, a two-run shot, came just two at-bats into the doubleheader. Drzewiecki’s homer, a threerun blast, came two innings later. Wesley Peplinski picked up the win, giving up six hits while striking out five in 4.2 innings. Drzewiecki, who came in to pitch Peplinski out of a basesloaded jam, secured the save.

A solid outing from starting pitcher Josh Bancroft and a three-run third inning lifted Glen Lake to victory in the nightcap. Drzewiecki and Brandon Tremble had two hits apiece. Jacob Penny provided a two-RBI double.

“Both teams are fundamentally sound and play good baseball, so it was a fun night,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “Two good wins.”

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