2017-04-19 / Sports

Pioneers sweep Muskrats in BWAC baseball opener

CROSWELL – It was a strong start for the Cros-Lex Pioneers in the BWAC baseball season-opening doubleheader last Thursday.

The Pioneers shutout out Algonac, 2-0, in the first game and went on to post a 5-3, victory in the nightcap.

Joey Johnston, the winning pitcher, and Luke Wilson combined for a no-hitter in game one. Johnston struck out seven batters in his five innings of work while Wilson finished it off with two scoreless innings, including five K’s.

At the plate, Nick Eggers and Nick Forsberg were both 1-for-3 and drove in a run.

C-L did some damage early in the nightcap, scoring three times in the first. The Pioneers added two more runs in the fifth to provide the difference.

Johnston and Eggers both had big bats in the contest. Johnston went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs. Eggers had three hits, scored a run and collected three RBI.

Tyler Moser went the distance on the mound for the Pioneers, striking out seven.

Cros-Lex 6-18, Cardinal Mooney 1-7: The Pioneers opened the season on Tuesday with a non-league sweep of the Cardinals.

On the day, Johnston got off to a blistering start, going 8-for-10. Including five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Tyler Moser belted two home runs, drove in three runs and scored four times for C-L.

Eagles take 3-of-4 in opening week

DECKERVILLE – After dividing a pair of games earlier in the week, the Deckerville Eagles jumped to 3-1 in NCTL baseball on Thursday with a sweep of Caseville. The Eagles mercied both contests, 15-0, 15-0.

Deckerville had just four hits in the opener but was aided by 16 walks. Brendan Kreiner delivered two of those hits and drove in two runs. Kenton Bowerman had a double, an RBI, and scored twice.

Kyler William pitched a three-inning no-hitter, striking out nine and allowing one walk.

In the second game, the Eagles had 10 hits, including two singles and a double from Bowerman, who also collected four RBI. Zack Ostrowski had two hits and two RBI, Cole Romzek provided a single and two RBI and Austin Fritch and Williams both smacked a double.

Wyatt Janowiak tossed three innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven

Deckerville 0-3, Dryden 1-1: The Eagles stepped right into NCTL play to open the season on Tuesday and split with the Cardinals.

In the win in the nightcap, Deckerville had just four hits from four different players, Bowerman had a double and scored a run while Janowiak (RBI), Romzek and Wyatt Watson each had a single. Ostrowski added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Janowiak was the starting and winning pitcher, striking out six. Isaac Keinath pitched two-and-third shutout innings to earn the save.

The Eagles had just two hits off two Dryden hurlers in the opening game loss, a triple by Bowerman and a single from Fritch. Williams started on the mound and pitched three scoreless innings. Ostrowski finished up and took the loss.

‘Skins go 1-4 last week

REESE – The end of a tough week on the diamond came on Saturday for the Sandusky baseball team.

The Redskins, competing at the Reese Invitational, lost their opening contest, 3-0, to the host Rockets. A second contest was rained out.

In that loss, Reese scored three times in the first two innings and that was the story.

John Dorman was the losing pitcher, but settled down to go all six innings on the mound, allowing just one earned run and striking out eight.

The ‘Skins had just one hit in the game, a double from Ryan Campbell

Sandusky 3-2, Reese 2-14: The ‘Skins divided the GTC crossover twinbill on Thursday.

In the opening win, Cade Seiler went the distance on the mound for Sandusky, allowing just two hits.

Landen Peplinski led a seven-hit attack for the winners with a single and double. Ben Kreger had a double and an RBI.

Three different pitchers took the mound in the second game for Sandusky. Campbell, the second of the trio, took the loss. Offensively, the ‘Skins had just one hit, an RBI single from Campbell.

USA 11-8, Sandusky 4-0: The Patriots swept the ‘Skins in Tuesday’s crossover twinbill.

Sandusky had just five hits in game one, including two singles from Kreger.

In the next contest, the ‘Skins led, 2-1, but USA scored seven times in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the sweep.

Campbell (double), Logan Wheeler (double) and Peplinski each had two hits while Kreger added a two-base hit. Dorman was the starting and losing pitcher.

Tigers lose two in baseball

DRYDEN – The CPS baseball team lost a pair of NCTL contests at Dryden last Thursday, 16-1 and 15-1.

There were few highlights for the Tigers. In the first game, Devyn Taylor singled and scored a run and Austin Smith added a double.

Taylor scored CPS’s lone run in the nightcap.

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