Baseball: Northmen bounce back, win nightcap
Hunter Stinger had two hits and drove in two runs in leading Petoskey to an 8-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday in the second game of a non-league doubleheader. (News-Review file photo / May 9, 2012)
Then, the Northmen started another.
Hunter Stinger had two hits and drove in two runs to back the three-hit pitching of Jordon Smith as the Northmen defeated Sault Ste. Marie, 8-2, in game two of a non-league doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Northmen saw their 10-game win streak come to an end with a 12-2 loss in the opener.
Petoskey, 13-3, goes to West Branch Ogemaw Heights for a Big North Conference doubleheader on Thursday, May, 10.
The Northmen will return to Sault Ste. Marie for a Division II district tournament on Saturday, June 2. They will face the Blue Devils in their tournament opener.
“Lineup-wise, it was a good opportunity to get a look at what they had one through nine,” Petoskey coach Shawn Racignol said of Tuesday’s games. “We were not ready to play today in game one. Pretty disappointed with our effort. The tempo was much better in game two.
“I’m hoping we can build on this use it as a learning experience, and it’ll make us better.”
Smith struck out nine for the win in the nightcap. He allowed just one hit through five innings. The Blue Devils scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth (final) inning.
Dillon Kelley doubled for the Northmen, while Nick Strobel, Mitch Smielewski, Smith and Nate McGann each singled. Smielewski finished with two RBI, while Joe Robbins, David Waterson and Smith added one apiece.
In the opener, Sault Ste. Marie sent 11 batters to the plate and took advantage of three walks and three Petoskey errors during a seven-run second inning that left Petoskey in an 8-1 hole.
Cole Paul allowed nine runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking five and striking out three over three innings in taking the loss. Pat Antonides pitched in relief. He allowed three runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out four.
The Northmen finished with four hits, including doubles by Danny Clancy, Stinger and Smielewski. Paul added a single. Robbins picked up an RBI.
T.C. St. Francis 1-9, Boyne City 0-5
BOYNE CITY — The Gladiators swept a Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader from the Ramblers on Tuesday, spoiling a solid pitching performance by Boyne’s Elliott Hausler.
Hausler allowed four hits and struck out four. The Gladiators’ run was unearned. Waylon Henning had the lone hit for Boyne.
In game two, Hausler, Zeek Beek and Jordan Fair had the hits for Boyne.
Cody Elzinga surrendered 10 hits, struck out two and walked three in taking the loss. Just four of St. Francis’ nine runs were earned.
“We had some good pitching from both Elliott and Cody,” Boyne coach Todd Shumaker said. “We just made too many errors behind them.”