Jets, Broncos earn doubleheader splits
KINGSFORD — North Central warmed up for its baseball showdown with Escanaba by splitting a doubleheader Monday at Kingsford.
The Flivvers beat the visiting Jets 7-6 in the opener after scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an overthrow. North Central won the nightcap 18-0 in four innings.
In Game 1, North Central had a 6-4 lead but Kingsford rallied for two runs in the fifth inning and the winning run in the sixth.
North Central’s Hunter Riley pitched four innings, allowing four hits, three walks, four runs (two earned) and reliever Carter Holle allowed three runs, one hit and four walks.
Key hitters for the Jets were Seth Polfus with a single and double, Bobby Kleiman with two hits and Dalton Hanchek with two hits and two RBIs.
“We hadn’t played in six days since last Tuesday due to the weather and it showed,” said Jets’ coach Mike Snyder, whose team had three errors that led to three unearned runs. “We were a little sloppy that game.”
In Game 2, Ben Snyder pitched the win with a three-hitter, four strikeouts and no walks. He also sparked the Jets at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.
Jason Whitens delivered three hits and two RBIs and Kleiman added three hits for the Jets (10-5), who visit Escanaba today for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.
“Hopefully, the bats that showed up in the second game will continue,” coach Snyder said. “We were hitting shots and it was good to see.”
BR-H 7-2, Norway 6-3
NORWAY — Not much separated Bark River-Harris and Norway Monday as they split a baseball doubleheader. The Broncos won the opener 7-6 and Norway claimed the nightcap 3-2.
In Game 1, the Broncos scored the tying and winning run in the top of the sixth inning on Ryan Arndt’s RBI double and Logan Heim’s sacrifice fly.
Kadin Mustafa produced three walks and four stolen bases, Heim finished with two RBIs and Sam Hall was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Arndt picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit, striking out four and walking two. Starter Mason Korhonen worked three innings and gave up six runs, three hits while walking seven and striking out three.
Kevin Evosevich hit a home run and Micah Wilson laced a two-run double to spark Norway, which took a 6-5 lead after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In Game 2, Norway plated two runs in the fourth inning to earn the win. Freshman Cody Hendricks pitched a complete game, with a 10-hitter, walking two and striking out three.
Matt Richer was 2-for-3 to lead the Broncos, with Heim collecting two stolen bases and Arndt knocking in one run.
The Broncos (11-6) also hit into a couple of costly double plays in the nightcap.
Richer worked 3 1/3 inning and gave up five hits. Arndt suffered the loss in relief.
“It was very well played doubleheader and both games were played at a real fast pace,” BR-H coach Al Botwright said. “There were very few errors on both sides. It was raining, and we battled through some rough conditions the first game. Both games came down to one play on either side.”
Dante Pedrotti had two hits and Evosevich laced a two-run single for Norway.