Saturday was a long day for district baseball around the area with many tournaments getting delayed due to thunderstorms and a few postponed to Monday. Below are the scores and recaps from teams in St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and Cass counties.
DIVISION 1 – DISTRICT 9 AT MATTAWAN
Semifinal: Portage Northern 11, St. Joseph 2
Semifinal: Mattawan 10, Portage Central 1
Final: Portage Northern 9, Mattawan 1
Click here for the full recap and broadcast replay from all three games. The Huskies advance to Wednesday’s regional semifinal at 5 p.m. from Mattawan against the winner of Monday’s Pinckney versus Dexter district final.
DIVISION 1 – DISTRICT 10 AT BATTLE CREEK LAKEVIEW
Semifinal: Lakeview 4, Jackson 3
Semifinal: Gull Lake 8, Holt 2
The Blue Devils spread out their eight runs over the first four innings. Jack Blesch tossed a complete game win, scattering seven hits with two earned runs allowed and six strikeouts. Jacob Louden had three hits (one double) for a run and RBI. Luke Scoles and Dylan Stanton each tallied two RBI. JT Mansager scored thrice with two hits and a walk.
Final: Gull Lake 6, Lakeview 3
Gull Lake scored two runs in the second inning and four in the third, allowing them to weather any comeback attempt by the Spartans. Luke Mastromatteo pitched the first four innings with four hits and one earned run allowed. Braden Stanton pitched the remaining three for the save with two runs (one earned) and two hits allowed.
Brandon Ruge picked up three RBI thanks to a single and sacrifice fly. Kole Warren scored twice and Dylan Stanton smacked a solo home run. The Blue Devils advance to the regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday at East Lansing. They await the winner of the East Lansing district to be completed Monday.
DIVISION 2 – DISTRICT 45 AT SOUTH HAVEN
Thunderstorms prevented any games in from being completed in South Haven. Edwardsburg had a 4-0 lead in the first semifinal against Benton Harbor when play was halted in the first inning. Action will be resumed Monday.
Monday’s schedule at South Haven
12 p.m. – Edwardsburg vs Benton Harbor
2 p.m. – Niles vs Lakeshore
4 p.m. – Championship
DIVISION 2 – DISTRICT 46 AT STURGIS
Semifinal: Otsego 11, Vicksburg 1
Otsego took the Bulldog battle on the strength of Jayden Dentler’s five-inning complete game, allowing only two hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. Jaekob Sallee had four RBI on three hits (one double) for two runs. Will Eldred and Addison Atwater each scored thrice. Carter Ford had the lone Vicksburg run on a RBI by Chase Myers.
Semifinal: Plainwell 7, Sturgis 1
The Trojan duel went to Plainwell thanks to Isaac Davis, who tossed six innings with four hits and only one unearned run against him. Plainwell broke through against Sturgis pitcher Drew Murphy with two runs in the second inning and three in the third. Justin LaBonte tallied four RBI on two hits for Plainwell. Austin Miller scored thrice on three hits with two runs each for Andrew Durham and Jackson Vlietsra.
Rylee Cain had the lone Sturgis run, as they close the year at 15-17-1.
Photos by Chris Carpenter
Final: Otsego 3, Plainwell 2 (SUSPENDED)
The championship was halted in the fourth inning when storms rolled in. It will be resumed at Otsego on Monday at 4:15 p.m.
DIVISION 3 – DISTRICT 78 AT CONSTANTINE
Semifinal: Buchanan 10, Constantine 0
The Falcons were only able to muster two hits against the Bucks. Ty Dumm and Jacob Derda each had singles. Cory King started on the mound, surrendering eight hits and four runs (three earned) over four innings.
Semifinal: Berrien Springs 6, Centreville 3
The Bulldogs had the lead most of the way after solo runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. However, the Shamrocks broke through with all six runs coming in the sixth inning. Seth Chiddister went five and 2/3 on the mound, giving up eight hits, six runs (three earned) with eight strikeouts. Chiddister added two hits offensively. Austin Schrader, Kyzer Bowen, and Hunter Hutchinson each scored for the Bulldogs, who close the year at 23-5.
Final: Berrien Springs 1, Buchanan 1 (SUSPENDED)
Weather halted play in the first inning of the championship. The Bucks and Shamrocks will resume on Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET at Berrien Springs.
DIVISION 3 – DISTRICT 79 AT LAWTON
Semifinal: Parchment 19, Lawton 1
It was all Panthers to start the day, getting three runs each scored by Evan Jasiak, Alex Guzior, Seth Somers, and Austin Nadwornik. Jacob Bielski tallied five RBI and a run on three hits. Guzior notched four RBI on three hits. Brycen Peebles allowed one hit and fanned four in his three inning start.
Semifinal: Schoolcraft 9, Comstock 1
The Eagles added four runs in the second inning and another four in the fourth. It was plenty of cushion for Ryan Gillesby, who struck out 10 and allowed three hits and an unearned run in his complete game win. Gillesby also doubled twice and singled twice for a run and RBI. Alex Thole doubled and singled with four RBI. Dawson Shearer and Jonny Abel scored twice. Branden Willis had the lone Colt run, as they finish 19-12-1.
Final: Parchment 6, Schoolcraft 5 (8 innings)
Parchment started hot with five runs in the top of the first inning. The Eagles kept grinding, getting three back in the third, then forcing extras with two in the seventh on Connor Nutt’s two RBI double. In the top of the eighth, the Panthers drew a walk and singled to start the inning. Jeff Laske’s fielder’s choice brought in Jordan West for what would be ultimately the winning run.
Bielski pitched six and 1/3 for Parchment, allowing six hits and five earned runs with nine strikeouts. Jasiak pitched the rest of the game clean. Cam Esman had three hits and a RBI with two hits and two RBI for Hunter Hanna. For Schoolcraft, Alex Thole entered in relief and pitched eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and eight hits. Shearer scored twice with two RBI for Nutt and Gillesby. The Eagles finish at 24-11-1.
Parchment (21-10-2) advances to Wednesday’s regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. from Lawton against the winner of the Constantine district.
DIVISION 3 – DISTRICT 80 AT UNION CITY
Semifinal: Bronson 9, Galesburg-Augusta 2
The Vikings jumped out to a 9-0 lead after a five-run fourth inning. Thurman McDaniel and Alec Beatty had the Galesburg-Augusta runs.
Semifinal: Delton Kellogg 2, Union City 1
Keegon Kokx grabbed the complete game win with three hits allowed and four strikeouts for the Panthers.
Final: Bronson 11, Delton Kellogg 1
The Vikings have their regional semifinal at Union City Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. They’ll play the winner of the Bloomingdale district to be completed Monday.
DIVISION 4 – DISTRICT 114 AT KALAMAZOO HACKETT
Semifinal: Kalamazoo Christian 19, Heritage Christian 3
The Comet bats unloaded with 18 runs in the first inning. 11 players scored for K-Christian with Josh Egberts crossing thrice. Elliot Lemmer had four RBI and two runs thanks to a triple and single. Chris Terpstra had three RBI, two hits, and two runs. Michael Moralez doubled twice for two runs and two RBI. Heritage saw two runs off a double and hit from Mark Gorton.
Semifinal: Hackett Catholic 5, Gobles 1
Sam Shea tossed a gem for the Irish, allowing only three hits over his complete game with nine strikeouts. Hackett’s five runs came within the first two innings. Stephen Kwapis had a RBI double. Luke Housler had two hits and a run with additional runs for Andrew and Steven Widger, plus Brenden Collins.
Final: Kalamazoo Christian 10, Hackett Catholic 0
The Comets got two runs in the second inning, five in the third, two in the fourth, and one more in the fifth for the quick win. JJ Gasaway was stingy on the mound, allowing only four hits with four strikeouts in his shutout. Kyle Koning had three singles for three RBI. Derek McClure scored twice on three hits with a RBI. Moralez scored twice on two more doubles.
Hackett finishes the season at 17-16-1. It was also the final games for longtime head coach Jesse Brown, who will take over as Jackson Lumen Christi’s athletic director in the fall.
Kalamazoo Christian (25-9-1) will play at Decatur against the Raiders in Wednesday’s regional semifinal at 5 p.m.
DIVISION 4 – DISTRICT 115 AT DECATUR
Semifinal: Cassopolis 8, Marcellus 1
No statistics available
Semifinal: Decatur 3, Lawrence 0
Jakob Southworth struck out 12 and allowed only two hits over a complete game shutout.
Final: Decatur 8, Cassopolis 0
No statistics available. The Raiders host Kalamazoo Christian in Wednesday’s regional semifinal at 5 p.m.
DIVISION 4 – DISTRICT 117 AT COLON (FRIDAY)
Semifinal: Colon 15, White Pigeon 0
The Magi made quick work of White Pigeon with 13 runs in the first inning. Andy Stoll had four RBI and two runs with one hit. Andrew Smolarz, Phil Alva, and Audi Stoll each scored thrice. Andy Stoll, Smolarz, and Brenden Barkman each doubled. Matt Bissett (two innings) and Johnathan West (one inning) struck out eight and allowed one hit against Yzack Hogan.
Semifinal: Athens 4, Mendon 3 (8 innings)
The Hornets lost a heartbreaker after forcing extra innings with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Athens picked up a two-out single via Daniel Jacobs. A passed ball moved him to second, then Quinten Rodriguez secured the win with a RBI single.
Noah Slaughter pitched the first inning and 1/3 with one hit allowed, followed by Cole Decker over the next six and 1/3 for Mendon. Decker finished with seven hits allowed, four runs (one earned), and five strikeouts. Carson Cupp doubled twice and scored two of the three Hornet runs, the other by Chris Dupree. Mendon finishes the year at 19-6.
Final: Colon 10, Athens 4
Colon jumped to a 5-2 lead after the third inning. In the fifth, the Magi picked up five, allowing them to lock up their fourth consecutive district title. Andrew Smolarz was a single away from the cycle, getting five RBI and three runs with a home run, double, and triple. Micky Barkman scored twice on three hits, Phil Alva scored twice on two hits, and Audi Stoll had three hits, one run, and one RBI.
Barkman pitched the first three innings with four hits and two runs against him. Phil Alva followed with three scoreless in relief, then Audi Stoll pitched in the seventh.
Colon advances to the regional semifinal against fourth-ranked Hudson, with Hudson hosting Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.
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