A pair of Wolverine Conference baseball games at Otsego Tuesday resulted in one victory for the Three Rivers varsity squad. Otsego edged the Wildcats 7-5 in the opener and Three Rivers responded with a 3-2 victory in nine innings in Game 2.
Carson Charvat got the win for Three Rivers after a fine performance by starter Alex Minger, who went 7 2/3 innings with only four hits and two earned runs allowed. Minger tallied four walks and three strikeouts. Charvat did not give up a hit over the final 1 1/3 innings.
Three Rivers got on the board with a run in the first inning. Minger and Justin Ochsenrider singled and both runners advanced on a passed ball. A fielder’s choice by Bryce Morgan scored Minger. But the Wildcats fell behind 2-1 after the Bulldogs plated both their runs in the third frame.
Carson Charvat singled in the sixth and moved to second on a passed ball. J.T. Hack grounded out to second but Charvat was able to move to third safely. A single by Austin Wright scored Charvat.
Sam Hawkins and Minger singled in the ninth. Zach Ludwick hit a hard grounder and reached safely on a throwing error as Hawkins headed home for what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the inning.
It was the fourth extra-inning game of the year for Three Rivers.
“Alex again worked all his allowed pitches (105) to get us in position to win the game,” Three Rivers coach Kim Losik said. “Carson Charvat came in relief and did a very good job getting fly balls and a line drive back to him for the last out of the game.
“We hit the ball well today and especially in the second game. Alex had some key hits, Zack Ludwig had two long balls today that put us in position to score. Zach Ludwick had a key hit which was scored as an error, however hit line drive helped us to push across the winning run.”
In Game 1, Otsego scored two runs in the first inning and five in the second. Three Rivers rallied with a four-run second inning but could only tack on one more in the third.
Ryan Levandoski took the loss for Three Rivers. He tossed four innings, scattered 10 hits, allowed six earned runs and walked two. Ludwick came on in relief and he surrendered one hit.
Hawkins, Minger, Ochsenrider (three), Carson Charvat and Gavin Charvat had hits for the Wildcats, who are now 15-12 overall and 9-9 in the Wolverine.
Photos by Chris Carpenter