2018-06-13 / Sports

Season ends for Almont, Capac, Dryden baseball


Capac’s Andrew Sams gets ready to release a pitch against Almont on April 24 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Capac’s Andrew Sams gets ready to release a pitch against Almont on April 24 Photo by Austin VanDaele BROWN CITY — Regional play was the last stop for Capac, Almont and Dryden baseball teams as they all lost in the regional round on Saturday under gloomy, damp conditions. Capac defeated Almont in the semifinal and Dryden lost in its semifinal. Below is a recap of each regional.


Capac defeated Almont 3-2 during the first round of the Div. 3 regional at Brown City Saturday, ending the Raiders’ season. Andrew Sams and Jimmy Schroeder combined to earn the win for Capac.

Josh Palazzolo had two singles and two RBI to lead Capac from the plate. Michael Foster had a single and a run. Ben Geliske added a double and an RBI. Brandon Muzljakovich and Schroeder added a run each and Tyler Mirling singled. Pitching, Sams gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. Schroeder struck out two.

Almont stats were not made available prior to press deadlines.

On the other end of the bracket, Madison Heights Bishop Foley defeated Cass City 4-3 to advance to the championship against the Chiefs, where it would win 12-0 in five innings for the regional crown.

Michael Foster swallowed the loss for Capac. Foster gave up 11 hits on the game. Offensively, Sams had a double and Foster had a single.

Bishop Foley advanced to take on New Lothrop during Tuesday’s quarterfinals at Saginaw Valley State University. The winner plays either Gladstone or Standish-Sterling Central during Friday’s semifinals at Michigan State University at 2 p.m. — K.R./A.V.


Dryden’s stellar baseball campaign, which included both league and Greater Flint Tournament championships and a 20-8 mark, ended during Saturday’s regional opener at Kingston with a 7-3 loss to Saginaw Nouvel.

Jared Czape was on the hill for 3-1/3 innings, fanning four while allowing seven runs, three earned, and five hits. John DelCampo hurled 2-2/3 innings and gave up a hit with three strikeouts.

Doubles from Jared Czape and Ethan Rozanski, as well as a single from Hunter Gall, brought home two runs in the opening frame. The third inning is where the other run was scored thanks to singles from DelCampo, Brady Czape and Chris Watson. All seven of the Nouvel runs came in the seventh.

“We got sloppy in the inning with three errors and they capitalized on it,” said Dryden coach John DelCampo.

Nouvel was able to pull away despite Dryden leading the hitting battle, 9-6.

“The difference was that they strung five of their hits together in one inning,” added DelCampo.

Jared Czape racked up a trio of hits, Brady Czape had a pair and with one apiece were Rozanski, DelCampo, Gall, Watson and Jack Kaplan.

“They are really an amazing group of young men,” added DelCampo. “After we lost four very good players to graduation, some people were expecting a down year from us. However, this group would not allow that to happen. They came together as a true team, worked hard, and accomplished things that will be remembered for years. We had great leadership and the young players really came along. They are truly a special group.” — B.P.

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