2010-04-08 / Sports

Bobcats split with Eagles

BY MICHAEL SELECKY

A Grand Blanc runner rounded the bases against Lapeer East. Photo by Andy Novajovsky A Grand Blanc runner rounded the bases against Lapeer East. Photo by Andy Novajovsky GRAND BLANC — If home is where the heart is, the Bobcats’ varsity baseball team must be swimming in at, as the team scheduled its first eight games in friendly territory prior to hosting a tournament April 17.

Metro League rival Lapeer East was at Grand Blanc March 31 for a non-conference doubleheader, falling to the Bobcats, 10-4, in game one only to come back and win the second contest, 7-2.

In the initial contest it was Greg Schrot who took the loss for the Eagles, even though Josh Stocci and Tommy McCarter did their part for his cause with three hits and two RBI, respectively.

The second matchup saw Grand Blanc getting a mere three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts in five innings against East’s Travis Early, a performance only made stronger for the visitors when Eric Strickler and Schrot came together for three hits, two runs and a walk.

The Bobcats welcomed Saginaw Heritage, the 19thranked team in the state, according to maxpreps.com as of last Friday, to Genesee County March 29 for the team’s season opening twin bill, winning game one, 3-0, before losing the second by the exact same score.

“Ty Currie opened the season with a great pitching performance, going seven strong innings and allowing just one run on four hits. Jon Pfister, Eric Lake, and Mike Machala all had RBI hits in the game,” said Grand Blanc coach JD Wheeler.

“In the game two loss Eric Lake had a double and John Pfister had a single.

“Matt Chema allowed three early runs, but then settled in on the mound and allowed only four total hits for the game.”

The Bobcats are now 2-2 overall.

They are 0-0Kensington Lakes Activities Association and host Walled Lake Western for a double feature April 12. GOODRICH

The Martians were at Big Nine rival Kearsley for a doubleheader last Wednesday, winning game one, 14-12, and game two, 6-3.

In the initial contest it was Nick Glowacki who got the start, allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits, before Matt Glowacki came in to get the game’s final 12 outs, only giving up one earned run on two hits with four strikeout. Fortunately Goodrich’s offensive bounty was just as plentiful, as Dan Broughton led the way at 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBI and a walk, Trevor Troupe went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two run,s and going 2-for-3 with an RBI was Mitch Young.

“It was a hitter’s day. There were 29 hits in the first game, which is strange for March. Usually it’s cold and the pitchers have the advantage,” said coach Bob Foreback. “Both teams hit the ball well and we were able to overcome four errors and still win the game. We did a nice job of combining the bunting game with our hitting game.”

In the nightcap it was Broughton who tossed the game’s first three innings for the Martians, getting touched for three runs, two earned, on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Sam Bolongaita then took the mound for the game’s final two innings, allowing a hit with one strikeout. Offensively it was Sam Brauer who stood front and center for Goodrich at 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run, Jake Brejnak posted a hit and a run in his only at bat and coming in at 1- for-3 with two RBI was Dustin Ward.

“The wind stopped blowing to centerfield and the bats slowed down in game two. We cleaned up our defense and had no errors. A big second inning was the key to the win,” Foreback said. “I just hope the long break doesn’t slow us down too much when we get back.”

On March 29 the Martians hosted Genesee Area Conference crossover combatant New Lothrop in a season opening twin bill, winning both contests by a combined score of 28-2.

In the opener, which Goodrich won, 15-0, in three innings, Broughton once again topped the charts at 2-for-2 with three RBI, three runs and a walk, Bolongaita gave a 2-for-2 performance with three RBI and a run, and coming through with two hits, two runs, an RBI and a walk in two trips to the plate was Ward.

“Austin Swanson pitched a gem, allowing no hits and only nine players batted,” said Foreback.

In Goodrich’s 15-2 victory in the second feature, it was Bolongaita who threw the first nine outs of the five-inning affair, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk with a strikeout that Mitch Young followed with two hitless innings, fanning four.

The Martians are now 4-0 overall, 0-0 GAC-Red and play at Flushing April 12.

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