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Kalamazoo Central 23, Battle Creek Central 0 (Game 1, three innings)
A whopping 23 runs in two innings helped Kalamazoo Central quickly dispatch of Battle Creek Central in game one.
Ten runs in the first inning opened the floodgates, and 13 runs followed, as the Giants went on to win 23-0 in a three-inning affair.
Brooks Hemingway led the Kalamazoo Central attack, going 3-for-3 with 4 RBI and three runs scored. From the leadoff spot, Lukas Bolton added 3 RBI on two hits, and scored four runs. Derek Bradley was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, and Christopher Strunk added 3 RBI as well.
The Giants racked up 17 hits and drew eight walks.
Owen O’Neil didn’t need nearly as much run support as he received, dominating on the mound in his shortened outing. O’Neil struck out five batters in three innings, allowing only one hit.
W- Owen O’Neil: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
L- Morris: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
Kalamazoo Central 15, Battle Creek Central 5 (Game 2, six innings)
The gaudy offensive numbers continued for Kalamazoo Central in game two, as they completed the sweep with a 15-5 win over Battle Creek Central.
The Giants scored three runs in the first, and never trailed. Holding a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning, the Giants put up a six-run inning to break the game open.
Patience at the plate paid off for the Giants, as they drew nine walks in addition to their 11 hits. Leadoff hitter Lukas Bolton had an unusual stat-line, as he scored four runs despite only one official at-bat. Bolton did hit a single in that one official at-bat, but it was his four walks that helped set the table for the rest of the Giants lineup. Nick Rakowski had a similar game, drawing three walks and scoring two runs.
Alika Edmonds had a three-hit performance, with 2 RBI and two runs scored. Owen O’Neil also drove in a pair of runs.
W- Matt Bau: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
L- Lawson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Gull Lake 10, Loy Norrix 0 (Game 1, five innings)
Seven players had hits for Gull Lake, and Luke Scoles was dominant on the mound, as the Blue Devils beat Loy Norrix 10-0 in five innings.
In his leadoff spot, Justin Mansager had 3 RBI and a run scored. Brandon Ruge had an RBI and two runs scored, while Cade Stanton also added an RBI.
Scoles pitched all five innings for Gull Lake, allowing only two hits while striking out nine.
Gull Lake held a 6-0 lead after four innings, and a four-run fifth inning ended the game via mercy rule.
Baker Conley had a hit and drew a walk for the Knights.
W- Luke Scoles: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
L- Adam Dorstewitz: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Gull Lake 11, Loy Norrix 1 (Game 2, five innings)
With the help of the long ball, Gull Lake cruised to an 11-1 win over Loy Norrix, earning the sweep.
The Knights opened the scoring with one run in the top half of the first inning. The Blue Devils struck back immediately, with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Gull Lake would not trail again.
In the middle innings, Gull Lake put the game away, scoring three runs in the third inning, five runs in the fourth inning, and one run in the fifth.
Gull Lake had eight hits, and took advantage of four errors from the Knights.
Dylan and Cade Stanton both had big games for Gull Lake, combining for 7 RBI. Dylan Stanton hit a pair of home runs, and finished with 4 RBI and three runs. Cade Stanton also homered, and had 3 RBI with one run scored. Kole Warren also had a solo shot for the Blue Devils.
Jack Blesch had a solid outing on the hill, limiting the Knights to two hits in five innings pitched, while striking out seven.
Grant Emenheiser drove in the sole run for the Knights, scoring Drew Roberts in the first inning.
W- Jack Blesch: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
L- Ty Overhiser: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Paw Paw 4, Kalamazoo Christian 3
One crooked number in the fourth inning was too much for Kalamazoo Christian to overcome, falling to Paw Paw 4-3.
Paw Paw scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning, breaking open a previously scoreless game. The Comets scored two in the bottom half of the inning, and one run in the seventh, but Kalamazoo Christian couldn’t complete the comeback.
The heart of the order was effective for the Comets, as the 3-4-5 hitters accounted for all three runs. Travis Pease, Michael Moralez and Alec Corwin all had 1 RBI each. Corwin had two hits, as did Elliot Lemmer and Josh Egberts.
W- Kyle Koning: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Plainwell 19, Galesburg-Augusta 5 (Game 1, five innings)
A dominant offensive performance propelled Plainwell to a 19-5 win over Galesburg-Augusta.
The Rams fell behind early, as Plainwell needed only four innings to amass 19 run.
Plainwell 11, Galesburg-Augusta 10 (Game 2, five innings)
Galesburg-Augusta put together a dramatic rally in game two, put couldn’t complete its 10-run comeback, falling 11-10 to Plainwell.
Plainwell opened the game with five runs in the first inning, then added one run in the second inning. A four-run third inning gave Plainwell a 10-0 lead.
Facing a large deficit for the second consecutive game, the Rams fired back with six runs in the bottom of the third and four runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. Plainwell scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth, and the Rams couldn’t answer in the bottom half of the inning.
Brandywine 3, Parchment 1 (Game 1)
In a low-scoring affair, Parchment was limited to six hits and lost the opener to Brandywine, 3-1.
Brandywine opened the game with one run in the first inning, and extended the lead with runs in the third and fourth innings. Parchment scored its lone run in the fifth inning.
Cameron Esman had three hits for Parchment, while Alex Guzior had two hits and scored the team’s only run.
W- Ty Mickiewicz: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
L- Jacob Bielski: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Parchment 5, Brandywine 1 (Game 2)
In tame two, Parchment overcame a small deficit to defeat Brandywine, 3-1.
Garrett Stutz threw a complete game for Parchment allowing just one hit while striking out 10. Stutz also helped out his own cause at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Josh Appelgren, Seth Somers and Jacob Newman all had one RBI for Parchment.
W- Garrett Stutz: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
L- Eckerberger: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Portage Northern 10, Niles 5 (Game 1)
The Huskies plated four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead before scoring three insurance runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. J.P. Gonzalez got the win with 2 2/3 innings of work as part of a four-man pitching effort. He allowed two hits and two earned runs with a pair of strikeouts. Jon Wolf had three hits (one double), Greg Lapetina (double, triple), Michael Lincoln and Nolan McCarthy (one double) each produced a pair of hits, and Tyler Helgeson, Cam French, Gannon Andrews and Xander Morris (double) had one apiece. McCarthy led the squad with 3 RBI.
Portage Northern 10, Niles 1 (Game 2)
French cruised to the win with only two hits and one earned run allowed to go with seven strikeouts for the Huskies, who scored five runs in the third inning to make it a 7-1 contest. Lapetina (one double) and McCarthy both finished with two hits, and Helgeson and Ben Friedman singled. McCarthy drove in two runs, while Helgeson, Lapetina, Andrews and Friedman registered 1 RBI apiece.
Colon 14, Burr Oak 2 (Game 1)
The Magi had three multi score innings and totaled 12 hits to pull away from the Bobcats 14-2. Andrew Smolarz and Matthew Bissett each collected three RBI, and Smolarz scored three runs to power Colon to the win. Andy Stoll and Phillip Alva each had two RBI and scored two runs to help in the winning effort.
Ultz and N. Greene each scored a run for the Bobcats.
Matthew Bissett got the win for Colon.
Colon 16, Burr Oak 1 (Game 2)
The Magi scored 10 runs in the second inning to bury Burr Oak and end this one early, gaining a 16-1 win. The whole cast for the Magi chipped in for this big win. Michael Barkman had four RBI and scored two runs. Andrew Smolarz, Clayton Wolf, and Josh Allerding all had two RBI and scored a combined six runs for Colon.
Hernandez was the lone bright spot for the Bobcats with one hit and scoring the only run.
Andrew Smolarz got the win for Colon.