FRANKENMUTH — Frankenmuth’s baseball team had a chance to dethrone Garber as champions of the Tri-Valley East on Monday. Instead, the Eagles held on to their share of the conference crown after suffering a pair of losses to the Dukes, 7-2 and 8-6.
“It’s obviously disappointing to get swept, especially after the great TVC season that we had. We had our chances, we just didn’t get the break or big hit that we got in our other conference games,” said Frankenmuth head coach Gordon Culver.
Despite the two losses to Garber, Frankenmuth finishes their conference schedule at 10-2, giving them their first league title since 2001.
“You could tell that both teams had a lot on the line tonight and that neither one was going to back down,” said Culver. “It was a great league season. We had several very close games and a couple of late-inning comebacks. I think it will be those games that will serve us well going into districts.”
In game one of the doubleheader, Jordan Stainforth suffered the loss after five innings atop the mound. Stainforth allowed two earned runs on six hits while fanning eight batters. Logan Gatza took over for Stainforth in the sixth, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out one.
Offensively, Gatza led the way with two singles while Zac Desimpelare went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
In part two of the twinbill, Zach Heyse went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Chase Kreger tacked on two singles and a run. Stainforth pushed three runs across with a base hit.
BCAS 10, Vassar 0
BCAS 15, Vassar 7
VASSAR — Monday was a dark day for the Vassar varsity baseball team.
The Vulcans slipped to 1-9 in the Greater Thumb West after dropping a pair against Bay City All Saints to start the week.
In game one, Matt Shoemate suffered the loss on the bump. Vassar’s offense was led by Landon Zwerk, who went 1-for-2 at the dish.
Vulcan hitters showed life in game two, scoring seven runs, but it was still not enough to defeat the Cougars. Michael Pratt collected two hits and a run scored for Vassar while Nathan Greaves went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Gavin Greer went 3-for-4 at the dish, scoring two runs and driving in another.
The Vulcans are now 12-15-1 overall.
Birch Run 5, Millington 4
Millington 4, Birch Run 3
MILLINGTON — Millington put a win and a loss in the books when they took on conference rivals Birch Run on Monday.
Game one of the twinbill went into extra innings where the Panthers plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to win the contest.
Millington pitcher Colin Meacham suffered the loss after throwing a total of 134 pitches on the night
Sean Scribner led the Cardinals at the plate with a double and a single while Meacham and Boyd Levitt each had an RBI. Corey Paquette had a double in the loss.
But, Millington found a way to rebound in game two. The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.
Paquette added a triple to his total while Scribner and Levitt each knocked in runs.
Joe Cole picked up the win after tossing 129 pitches, 76 of which were strikes.
Cass City 15, Mayville 1
Cass City 2, Mayville 0
MAYVILLE — Mayville dropped a pair of contests to a hot Cass City squad on Monday night.
The Wildcats got mowed over by the Red Hawks in game one, but in the nightcap Mayville kept it close thanks to a stellar outing from pitcher Tyler Dunham.
Dunham gave up just one earned run and struck out four in a complete-game effort atop the mound.
Offensively, Cody Pyles led Mayville with two singles while Larry Pierson, Austin Pyles, Jimmy Ward and Theron Wiley each added base hits.
The Wildcats will draw the curtains on their regular season schedule Wednesday when they take on Sandusky.
Reese 3, EPBP 2
Reese 12, EPBP 2
PIGEON — Reese tallied two important marks in the win column on Monday when they hit the road to Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port.
Matt Sahr saw seven innings of action atop the mound in game one, holding the Lakers to only two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Gunnar Bouvy and Paul Heinlein each had two hits to lead the Rockets while Cody Peyok and Travis Menapace added an RBI apiece. Peyok, Justin Heinlein and Paul Heinlein scored the Rockets runs in the win.
Things really heated up in Reese’s dugout during the nightcap as the Rockets strung together 11 hits to score 12 runs.
Bouvy and Peyok each had two hits for Reese while Paul Heinlein added two RBI to his total for the night. Peyok, Bouvy, Menapace, Justin Heinlein, Tucker Schumacher and Drew Thompson each pushed across one run for the Rockets while Jacob Purman, Shane Wark, Justin Heinlien and Bouvy each crossed home plate two times.
On the bump, Caleb Camero took home the win after five innings of work. Camero gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three.
Millington also took part in Reese’s four-team tournament. First, the Cardinals got the best of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, 16-6.
Colin Meacham led the Cardinal charge at the plate, belting out three doubles and a single while Mitchell Wilkerson and Boyd Levitt each added two hits. Sean Scribner drove in two runs with a triple while Meacham tallied two RBI in the win. Levitt pushed four runs across for Millington.
Corey Rich, Lucas Beck and Justin Babcock all saw time on the mound in the Cardinals lone win of the day.
Millington squared off with Harbor Beach in game two of the tournament and the Cardinals struggled. The Pirates hit up Cody Paquette, Rich and Levitt for 12 runs on 14 hits, handing Millington a 12-4 defeat.
Meacham added two singles and two RBI to his total while Joe Cole knocked in two runs with a single.
Cass City crowned champs at Merrill
MERRILL — Two wins was all it took for Cass City to return home from Merrill with a tournament championship on Saturday.
In the Red Hawks final game of the day against St. Charles, both squads were scoreless going into the bottom of the third inning. But that’s when Cass City’s bats woke up, pushing two runs across in the third, followed by three more in the fourth. The Red Hawks capped off their rally with five runs in the fifth before the game was called due to time limit, resulting in a 10-1 victory.
In that game Dakota Hartel earned the win after five innings on the hill. Hartel gave up one earned run on two hits while walking two and striking out three.
Morgan Erla led Cass City’s offensive attack with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored while Watson Moore went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Cody Ross tacked on two singles and three runs scored while Kyle Hanby, Cody Orban and Lukas Schenk each added base hits in the win.
In the Red Hawks opening game against host Merril, Cass City took a 5-2 decision.
Hartel was also named the winning pitcher of that contest after just over two innings of work. Hartel fanned four Vandal batters and allowed just two hits during that time.
Erla had a double, a walk and a run scored in game one while Orban went 2-for-4 at the dish. Moore scored twice while Nick Kappen and Schenk recorded singles.
Rockets take two at home tournament
REESE — The Reese varsity baseball team rolled through its own tournament on Saturday after topping Harbor Beach and Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary.
The Rockets first ousted Harbor Beach by a score of 7-4. Gunnar Bouvy helped dismantle the Pirates with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI while Drew Thompson drovein three runs and scored two of his own with a pair of hits. Travis Menapace had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the win.
Menapace also earned the win on the mound after allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.
In their second game of the day, Reese fought off a late rally by MLS and held on for the 4-3 victory.
Lucas Hagen chalked up the win after just over six innings of work on the bump. Hagen fanned six and allowed three earned runs on three hits.
Offensively, Paul Heinlein pounded out two hits, scored two runs and drove one run in while Bouvy added a hit, a run and an RBI to his total for the day.
North Branch 7, Caro 0
Caro 5, North Branch 1
NORTH BRANCH — North Branch bested Caro in game one but the Tigers refused to roll over in the nightcap, bouncing back to take a victory of their own.
In the opener, Mike Berlin was named the winning pitcher for the Broncos after allowing two hits and striking out six batters in seven innings of work. Berlin’s efforts were backed by Ruben Thomas, who blasted a two-run home run over the fence while Dylan Bates knocked in two more runs. Garrett Washington had a hit and scored three runs for North Branch while Jakab Bonner, Ryan Ormiston and Berlin each added a run of their own.
Caro was led offensively by Garrett Goodchild with two hits while Jarred Pretzer added a base hit. Goodchild also suffered the loss on the mound after giving up seven earned runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking seven.
In game two of the doubleheader it was Pretzer who dominated the mound, limiting North Branch to no earned runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two. Pretzr also contributed at the plate with two singles while Ryan Hall, Ryan Montgomery, Izaak Harmon and Goodchild each added two hits and an RBI. But it was Matt Sauser who had the biggest game, posting four hits, an RBI and a run scored in the win.
Bates suffered the loss on the hill after four innings of work.
Washington stole two bags and scored a run to lead the Bronco offense while Ryan Ormiston added a double. Mitchell McMurray went 2-for-3 in the loss.
Frankenmuth 6, Birch Run 5
Frankenmuth 12, Birch Run 2
FRANKENMUTH — Frankemuth’s baseball team kept its conference record unblemished on Friday, but it didn’t come easy.
Still, the win puts the Eagles in position to play for its first Tri-Valley East title since 2001.
“Birch Run is always an emotional game for us. It always seems that one of us is in the hunt for the TVC championship when we play, which only adds to the already heated rivalry. I was proud of the way that our guys fought to the final inning,” said Frankenmuth head coach Gordon Culver. “ When we were down 5-1 late in the (game one), it would have been very easily given up. But, they found a way to dig deep and scratch their way into the game. It was pretty exciting to get the win and keep the TVC win streak going.”
Jordan Stainforth and Logan Gatza combined their efforts atop the mound in game one to help bring home the win. Stainforth went five innings and struck out seven batters. But, it was Gatza who earned the victory after giving up just two hits and one earned run in two innings of work.
Corey Smith led the Eagles at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.
In part two of the twinbill it was Ryan Roy who picked up the win after six frames of work. Roy allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. Hunter Gatza closed out the game by pitching the seventh.
At the dish it was Logan Gatza who paved the way for the Eagles by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and 5 RBI while Zac Desimpelare tallied two hits and a run scored. Smith added a single and two runs scored to his total for the day.
The two wins brings Frankenmuth’s conference record to 10-0 while sitting at 14-10 overall. The win also helped the Eagles clinch at least a share of the Tri-Valley East Championship.
Millington 5, Bridgeport 2
Millington 12, Bridgeport 2
MILLINGTON — Two games up and two games down was a perfect way for Millington to begin its weekend, posting back-to-back wins over Bridgeport.
In game one, Colin Meacham led the Cardinals to victory.
At the plate, Meacham had two hits and an RBI while on the mound, he earned the win after throwing 99 pitches.
Also having solid games at the dish were Corey Rich with two hits and an RBI while Boyd Levitt added a single and an RBI.
Joe Cole picked helped the Cardinals complete the sweep after picking up the win in the nightcap. Cole threw a total of 65 pitches in five innings.
Meacham continued his hot play in game two, tacking on three hits and two RBI while teammate Corey Rich drove in two runs with a triple and a single. Cody Paquette and Josh Babcock had two base hits each while Mitchell Wilkerson, Sean Scribner, Bryce Byerly and Levitt each added a single.