Baseball, Softball: Tigers Prevail 2-1 In OT, Cloud Blanked Twice
Grant 2-2 Newaygo 1-9
A pitching duel taking the teams into extra innings is just what you might expect in a game between these long time rivals. Connor Swinehart who tossed a gem from the mound doubled in a run in the top of the first giving the Lions a 1-0 lead. It was a slim lead that would hold until the final frame when the Tigers took advantage of a Newaygo error to knot the score at 1 and send the game into overtime.
The Lions failed to score in the top of the 8th opening the door for Grant who loaded the bases before Chase Lowry drew a walk to send home the winning run for the Tigers.
Swinehart went 7 ⅓ innings scattering 5 hits and punching out 3 batters.
“Both teams played a good game,” said Lions Coach Jerry Bomay.”Coach Ryder always has a well coached ball team and we knew it would be a battle.”
In the nightcap the Lions jumped out to an early lead and took home a 9-2 victory.
Jarrod Heideman earned the win tossing five innings, giving up one run, five hits, and striking out two. Casey Geers took the loss for Grant. He went two innings, giving up six runs, six hits, striking out four,.
Hunter Lay, Conner Swinehart, Cooper Heinzeman, and Jacob Polasek econtributed to a barrage of 14 hits of Tiger hurlers. Heinzeman also drfove home 3 in the Lion win
Holton 15-6 White Cloud 0-0
The varsity girls struggles continued as they dropped both ends of a doubleheader to league leading Holton last night 15 – 0 & 6 – 0 . Elexis Plotts had 2 hits in the 1st game and Megan Sutherland had a pair of hits, while Hallie Schulz struck out 5 in the nightcap.