2018-04-15 / Sports

Lapeer splits with Flushing

BY SPORTS STAFF


Lapeer’s Andrew Schneider sets up for the pitch against Flushing Tuesday at Flushing. 
Photo by Todd Boone Lapeer’s Andrew Schneider sets up for the pitch against Flushing Tuesday at Flushing. Photo by Todd Boone FLUSHING — The Lapeer varsity baseball team opened its season splitting a doubleheader against Flushing on Tuesday, losing the first game 5-2 but winning the second 6-3. The game was postponed from Monday because of snow.

In Game One, Austyn Sutherby took the mound for Lapeer, allowing five unearned runs over the first three innings thanks to six errors in the field by the Lightning. Andrew Schneider came in from the bullpen in the fourth inning, allowing two hits and two walks. At the plate, Lapeer was led by Grant Masterson, who went 2-for-2 with a walk. Both Lapeer and Flushing finished the game with four hits each.

In Game Two, Masterson started on the hill, only allowing two hits and four walks while earning the victory. Sophomore James Bukowski closed the game on the mound, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out three batters.


Almont’s Chase Kapron fires off a pitch during Tuesday’s game against Oxford. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Almont’s Chase Kapron fires off a pitch during Tuesday’s game against Oxford. Photo by Austin VanDaele “Errors troubled the infield but ultimately they kept it together for the win,” said Lapeer coach Steve Wills.

Tanner Wills went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and a steal to lead the Lightning offense.

Lapeer, 1-1, hosts Carman- Ainsworth tomorrow at 4 p.m. — J.O.

ALMONT

The Raiders secured their first wins of the season by defeating rival Imlay City in both sides of a doubleheader on Thursday. Almont won the first game, 14-4, and held a 3-1 lead through four innings of the second game before it was called early due to darkness.

During game one, Zach Filinger led the Raider offense, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles. Parker Zisler was 2-for-4 with two singles, Jace Rinke finished 2-for-5 with two singles and Caleb Schlanderer was 2-for-4. Mitch Proper finished 1-for-2 with a single while Chase Kapron earned the win on the mound, striking out five.


North Branch’s Colton Maher is called safe at second base after LakeVille’s Brennan Lambing makes the tag too late Thursday afternoon at North Branch. 
Photo by Lisa Paine North Branch’s Colton Maher is called safe at second base after LakeVille’s Brennan Lambing makes the tag too late Thursday afternoon at North Branch. Photo by Lisa Paine Rinke led Almont during the nightcap, finishing 3-for-3. Colton Kruse reached base three times with a single and two walks and Cameron Asaro finished 1-for-2. Michael Schuster recorded five strikeouts.

For Imlay City, Jacob Edson was 4-of-6 from the plate to lead the Spartans offensively. Andrew Nadrowski went 2-of- 5 with a double and Dayvn Wilson was 2-for-4.

On Tuesday, Almont opened its season with an 8-2 loss to Oxford at home. Asaro, Proper, Nick Wilson, Austin Cody and Zisler each had a single.

Almont is at AlgonacTuesday. Imlay City is at Yale on Tuesday. — A.V./ K.R.


Imlay City’s Brandon Rugenstein gets ready to release a pitch against Almont at Almont Thursday afternoon. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Imlay City’s Brandon Rugenstein gets ready to release a pitch against Almont at Almont Thursday afternoon. Photo by Austin VanDaele CAPAC

The Capac baseball team was slated to face Yale on Thursday and Madison on Tuesday, but stats and scores were not reported prior to press deadlines.

Capac hosted Kingston on Friday following press deadlines and is at Deckerville on Monday. — K.R.

DRYDEN

The Cardinals were dominant in Thursday’s wins over Carsonville-Port Sanilac, 38-1 and 17-2. No, that’s not a typo…38-1.

John DelCampo led the way in game one with six hits, including a home run. Hunter Gall recorded five hits and a home run while Jared Czape, Ethan Rozanski and Brady Czape racked up four hits apiece.

With three hits was Cory Heike and Chris Watson put up a pair of hits. Jared Czape and Rozanski shared the mound, surrendering only two hits.

The nightcap was paced by Jared Czape, DelCampo and Rozanski adding three hits each. DelCampo, Gall and Rozanski combined to allow just one hit as pitchers.

“It was good to finally get in a game,” said Dryden coach John DelCampo. “We hit the ball extremely well and even the ones we did not hit well found a way to drop in. It was a great team effort and for our first games and first time actually out on the field this spring, we played well.” — B.P.

NORTH BRANCH

The Broncos are off to a hot start on the season, sitting at 4-0 after sweeping LakeVille in a doubleheader on Thursday at North Branch. The Broncos set aside LakeVille in a 10-0 shutout in the early game and an 11-3 win in the nightcap.

The Broncos were off to a slow start, holding just a 1-0 lead through four innings. It wasn’t until the fifth that North Branch finally got the bats swinging and drove in six runs and added another three in the sixth to end the game.

Colton Maher threw for five innings, allowing zero runs and one hit while fanning nine. Wylie Swoish, Quinten Dorner and Kaden Maynard each had two hits and two RBI on the game.

In the late game, LakeVille grabbed a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but North Branch fired back to go ahead 2-1 by the end of the inning. The Broncos then drove in five in the third and one in the fourth. The Falcons added one in the fifth and one in the sixth as North Branch added three in the fifth for an 11-3 win over LakeVille.

“Games were much closer than the scores appeared at the end. We just couldn’t come through with the big hit and all of the momentum changing plays were made by North Branch. They are, once again, a very solid club,” said LakeVille coach Drew Johnson.

For LakeVille, Noah Weiss had three hits with a double on the night, Collin Harris had two hits and an RBI. Nick Bader threw four innings allowing one hit and zero runs in the first game. Dakota Lehman had a triple in the second game.

Braden Kronz was on the mound for four innings for North Branch, giving up just three hits, one run and one walk while sitting down five. Nate Farnsworth led from the plate, racking up three hits and two RBI. Maher also had three hits and an RBI. Gerrid Rutledge added a pair of hits and two RBI. Swoish drove in a pair of runs on one hit.

On Wednesday, North Branch opened the season with a pair of wins over Clio. The Broncos took the first game 3-0 and the late game 7-3.

North Branch got on the board first with a pair of runs in the fourth and added the final run in the seventh. Maynard opened the game on the mound, going 3.1 innings and allowing no hits or walks while fanning seven. Scott Helton came in for relief to finish out the game.

Chandler Russell, Rutledge, Dorner, Farnsworth, Helton and Kronz all recorded hits on the game.

The bats were swinging early in the second game with North Branch grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first and 3-1 in the second. The Broncos then added a run in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings while Clio had a run in the sixth and seventh. Brady Good took the hill for 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.

Farnsworth, Swoish and Russell had two hits apiece. Good added one and an RBI.

North Branch hosted Goodrich on Friday following press deadlines and travels to Frankenmuth on Wednesday. LakeVille hosts New Lothrop Monday. — K.R./L.P.

MAYVILLE

The Wildcats swept Owendale-Gagetown in a doubleheader Thursday, winning 17-4 and 10-0.

In Game Two, Nate Dawson tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Dawson also finished with two hits. Jackson Schenk led the Wildcats with four RBI. Ashtin Steele finished with two hits and two RBI, and Lucas Bruman also knocked in a run on two hits.

Logan LaBean started on the mound for the Wildcats in Game One, striking out eight with a 2.25 WHIP in four innings pitched.

Mayville faced a 3-2 deficit after the second inning but then exploded for nine runs in the third to essentially ice the ballgame. Hunter Brown led the offensive charge for the Wildcats with five RBI. LaBean chipped in with three RBI, and Schenk had two. Phillips and Steele each finished with three hits. — J.O.

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