2018-05-03 / Sports

County clubs shake out early-season cobwebs

Baseball roundup: Peterson homers twice as Lakers bust out brooms in home opener

LAKE LEELANAU St. Mary pitcher Harrison Schaub didn’t get the run support he had hoped for at Elk Rapids on Tuesday. The Eagles finished with zero hits in Schaub’s 2018 debut, a 5-0 loss, and just one hit in the nightcap. LAKE LEELANAU St. Mary pitcher Harrison Schaub didn’t get the run support he had hoped for at Elk Rapids on Tuesday. The Eagles finished with zero hits in Schaub’s 2018 debut, a 5-0 loss, and just one hit in the nightcap. Between an ankle injury suffered in the state championship game and a seemingly endless winter, Cade Peterson’s transition from basketball to baseball was anything but seamless.

Fans attending Glen Lake’s doubleheader with Bellaire in Maple City on Tuesday wouldn’t know it.

Peterson produced four hits, including two homers, and drove in eight runs as the Lakers (3-1, 0-0 NWC) cruised to victories of 10-0 and 14-3.

“It’s nice to be outside with some consistency now,” said Glen Lake skipper Kris Herman. “In any season, there is usually a pretty big jump between the first doubleheader and the second, and that was true here. We hit the ball well again, but the most notable improvements were in our pitching and defense. Still some rough patches that will iron out from playing.”

Nick Apsey, another star member of the Glen Lake basketball team, picked up a win on the mound in game one, scattering one hit and two walks over five innings while striking out eight.

Drew Peterson was credited with a victory in the nightcap after giving up four hits and three walks in three innings while striking out seven. Josh Bancroft pitched two innings, giving up one hit while fanning four.

Brandon Tremble had a big night in the batter’s box with three combined hits, including two doubles, and five RBI. Robbie Dezelski and Cam Drzewiecki each came through with four hits and combined to drive in three runs.

The Lakers, who racked up 17 hits in the nightcap, will look to stay hot tonight at Traverse City Christian and at Kingsley tomorrow.

Eagles no-hit at Elk Rapids

St. Mary hitters had a tough go in Elk Rapids on Tuesday, tallying one total hit in 5-0 and 9-1 losses.

Senior pitchers Harrison Schaub and Brayden Dunham took the losses for St. Mary (0-4), respectively. Jacob Schaub had the lone hit in game two.

“Defensively we are improving but we’re struggling at the plate early on,” St. Mary coach Dewey Painter said. “Hopefully we’ll improve as we start to see more live pitching.”

The Eagles will look to register their first win of the season on Saturday in the Kris Popp Memorial Tournament, which starts with a matchup against Hale at 10 a.m. The loser will play either Traverse City Christian or Portland St. Patrick in the consolation game at 2 p.m.; winners will play in the championship game at 4 p.m.

Stags hang up 33 in Suttons Bay

Alec Rice and Lucas Mikesell dropped their 2018 debuts on Monday as visiting Kingsley left Leelanau County with wins of 13-1 and 20-5.

“Our youthfulness got in our way,” said Suttons Bay skipper Doug Periard. “We struggled (defensively) ... and pretty soon the wheels came off.”

The Norsemen (0-2, 0-2 NWC) put the ball in play often in game one, Periard said, but it wasn’t enough to keep the score close. Freshman Steven Bolger led offensively, going 2-for-2 with one run, while Mikesell finished 2-for-3. Kaleb Grant and Michael Loucks each had one hit, as well. Grant added two hits in the nightcap, finishing 2-for-3; Rice had an RBI.

Suttons Bay will look for its first win tomorrow at Benzie before traveling to Lake City for a Saturday tournament.

Lakers split with Evart

Josh Bancroft’s seventh-inning sac fly propelled Glen Lake to a thrilling season-opening win at Evart last Wednesday, 9-8, but the Wildcats bit back by handing Glen Lake a 7-3 loss in the nightcap.

“The things that we’ve been able to work on, we did well,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “I liked our plate approaches and how we hit the ball, in particular. Our first day outside was the day before, though, and that showed. We played a team with six games under its belt, and they made far fewer defensive mistakes than we did, but we’ll get there. We just need to be outside more.”

Brandon Tremble, who replaced Nick Apsey, was credited with the win in game one. Jon Popp pitched, as well, and delivered two hits and two RBI from the batter’s box. Tremble also helped his own cause, finishing with a single, a double and an RBI.

The nightcap was somewhat of a nightmare from the get-go as the Lakers gave up six unearned runs in the first inning. Apsey led offensively with three hits, including a double, while Tremble added two hits and one RBI.

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