BOYNE CITY — Make it three straight for the Mancelona Ironmen.
Senior Dustin Derrer and Taylor Borst had two hits apiece and combined to limit host Boyne City to seven hits as they downed the Ramblers, 8-4, to claim their third straight Division III district title Saturday at the Boyne City High School.
Mancelona will play in a regional semifinal on Saturday, June 11, in Elk Rapids against the winner of the Whittemore-Prescott district winner.
Derrer started and went 5 2-3 innings for the win. Borst worked the final 1 2-3 in relief.
“(Mancelona coach) Jim VanWagoner runs a very, very respectable program,” Boyne City coach Todd Shumaker said. “I have a lot of respect for him and his kids and his teams are always fundamentally sound. They make you work to beat them.”
Mancelona jumped out to a commanding 8-0 lead through five innings.
Caleb Roberts and Gage Burt had two hits apiece, while Austin Gardner, Mike Evans and Kolbi Shumaker all singled for the Ramblers, who are 21-11-2.
Boyne can clinch a share of the Lake Michigan Conference championship on Tuesday, June 7, when they go to Kalkaska to resume a league contest that is tied in the eighth inning. If the Ramblers win, they share the league crown with the Blazers.
“I told the kids we still have a big trophy to play for,” Shumaker said. “We haven’t won a conference title since 1999 and to me a conference means you have to win the best out of 14 games and more work goes into winning that conference than a district. In districts, you just have to win two games in a day.”
Roberts took the loss. He struck out seven, walked seven and allowed four hits through 3 2-3 innings. Dustin Field worked the final 3 1-3 innings, striking out two, walking two, and surrendering four hits.
The Ramblers advanced to the title game with a dramatic 2-1 victory over league rival Charlevoix in 10 innings in a semifinal game.
James O’Brien led off the 10th with a triple over the centerfielder’s head and scored on a Field single.
Roberts finished with two hits, while Burt tripled, and Evans singled.
Kolbi Shumaker went the distance for the victory, outdueling Charlevoix’s Coby Herriman.
Shumaker struck out 16 and scattered three hits. Charlevoix’s run was unearned. Shumaker now has 108 strikeouts on the season.
Herriman struck out 15, walked three and allowed six hits.
Isaac Klooster had two hits and Tommy Zipp singled for the Rayders.
Herriman finishes the season with a school-record 120 strikeouts. He surpassed Chris Waha, who recorded 108 strikeouts in 2007.
“I would say that it was the best played game I have been involved in,” Charlevoix coach Allen Telgenhof said. “For Coby and Kolbi Shumaker to each pitch 10 innings and throw as well as they did was incredible. The defense was great. I really give a lot of credit to their catcher Gage Burt for throwing us out three times attempting to steal, that was a big factor in the win.”