2017-06-01 / Sports

Lakers split with Trojans, set for showdown at Suttons Bay

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Glen Lake skipper Kris Herman knows better than to sleep on a county rival in the district tournament.

The Lakers (29-7) may hold a significant edge on paper entering Saturday’s matchup with tournament host Suttons Bay (10-19) but, to Herman, regular season records are all but irrelevant.

“All of our focus is on Suttons Bay,” Herman said. “If we don’t take care of that game, then it doesn’t matter what happens between St. Mary and Bellaire. If we want the opportunity to play them, we have to earn it against Suttons Bay, and I can assure you that they aren’t the least bit afraid of us.”

The Lakers tuned up for the district tournament on Tuesday in a road split at Traverse City Central, dropping a 10-8 decision in game one before bouncing back with an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.

Jared Jackson set the tone in game one, blasting a two-run shot over the fence to give Glen Lake a 2-0 lead, but the lead didn’t last long.

Central answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning, made the most of Glen Lake miscues and found a way to scratch out a two-run victory.

“We came to play and had our opportunities, but we just made a few mistakes,” Herman said. “They are a good hitting team, and we left a few balls up in the zone and helped them with some untimely errors. It wasn’t our cleanest game in terms of pitching and defense, but we hit well enough to stay in it.”

Cade Peterson led the way offensively with two doubles and five RBI. Robbie Dezelski also had two hits.

The Lakers flipped the script on the Trojans in the nightcap, however, making the most of Central miscues.

Josh Zientek helped Glen Lake extend its 3-1 lead in the fourth inning by earning a leadoff walk and stealing second base. Then, after a Dezelski single and Jackson RBI single, Peterson delivered a sac fly to make it 5-1. Jackson proceeded to score on a passed ball, giving Glen Lake a commanding 6-2 lead.

Nick Apsey gave up two runs on one hit while walking four and striking out two. Kory Onthank got the save in 1.2 innings of work.

“Nice outing by Nick with good defense behind it,” Herman said. “We took advantage of our opportunities offensively.”

Jackson led offensively with two hits and two RBI. Apsey added two hits; Peterson and Joey Fosmore drove in one run apiece.

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Mustangs sweep Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay closed out its regular season with a pair of home losses to Grand Traverse Academy on Tuesday, 9-8 and 4-1.

“We had some moments tonight where we played well, but we were a bit flat,” said Suttons Bay coach Doug Periard. “We’ll have to play our best game to take one from the Lakers.”

Kaleb Grant led the Norsemen offensively in game one with a triple, two singles and two RBI. Brett Rice added one hit and two RBI while DJ Petroskey had two hits and one RBI. Justin McSawby had two hits, as well.

McSawby, who was tagged with the loss in game one, led in the nightcap with two hits. Rice took the loss.

Schaub tosses five-inning no-no

A complete-game from Chris Kohler in game one and a five-inning no-hitter from Harrison Schaub in game two propelled St. Mary to a pair of home wins over Manistee Catholic Central last Thursday, 9-4 and 13-2.

“It was nice,” said St. Mary coach Dewey Painter, whose Eagles (4-9) will take on Bellaire in the opening round of districts. “They did really well. They were on the plate and didn’t have many walks, and that’s the key.”

Nate Smith and Roger Crimmins led at the plate in game one. Smith had two hits and drove in a run; Crimmins had one hit and drove in two runs.

Schaub, who struck out seven hitters in the nightcap, went 3-for-4 at the plate in game two and drove in four runs. Andy Bakker went 3-for-4, as well, with one RBI. Crimmins went 2-for-3 and drove in one run.

Apsey homers twice in sweep

Glen Lake got off to a hot start and never looked back in a sweep of Manton Friday, winning 12-0 and 5-3.

The Lakers scored eight runs before an out was recorded in game one. Nick Apsey’s two-run home run made it 8-0 and, in the top of the fourth, Jacob Penny put a three-run shot over the fence to make it 12-0. Apsey delivered a gem on the mound, giving up just one hit and striking out eight while walking zero in five innings. He also had two doubles at the plate.

“We got off the bus and came out mashing immediately,” Herman said. “The guys took great plate approaches, got good pitches and put good swings on them. It was very impressive.”

Apsey picked up where he left off in the nightcap, hitting a two-run homer to give Glen Lake a 5-3 lead.

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