Late surge lifts Braves over Miners

Prep baseball

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee baseball team had to literally try to ride out the storm Wednesday afternoon as they tried to play a doubleheader with Gladstone.

Unfortunately, the Miners couldn’t outlast either the weather nor the Braves offense as Gladstone rallied for an 11-5 win. The second game was called shortly before the field was doused in rain.

Even though his team could only get in one game on its road trip, Gladstone coach Don Lauscher was happy with how the game went. However, he still thought his team had some things to work on.

“I thought we rallied well,” he said. “We strung a bunch of hits together at the start, but then we went flat and made a few errors. We have to stop doing that because that had been our MO all year. Once we get ahead, we just have to keep our foot on the gas pedal and we didn’t do that. They started hitting the ball well after that, but then we came together and finished strong. We started and finished strong, but we have to play well in the middle too.”

The Braves jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Negaunee started to chip away at Gladstone’s advantage by plating four runs in the third. The Miners later tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the fifth.

Unfortunately, some pitching woes started to plague the Miners as Gladstone pushed across six runs in the top of the sixth to bust the game open. The telling stat was that the Braves managed only three hits during the frame.

“They jumped out on us early, but we kept it close until the end,” Negaunee head coach Jason Siik said. “Once we put the bat on the ball, good things happened, but in the sixth, we just gave up a lot of walks. They’re a good ball club and they put together a win.

“I’m still feeling good though. The last inning was rough, but we played a good team tough. There’s better things to come and I know we’ll put it together. We’re heading in the right direction that’s for sure.”

The Braves were led by Tyson Seymour, who had an impressive day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a home run and a triple along with two runs scored and four RBIs. Cooper Cavadeas and Carson Shea both had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Gladstone.

Negaunee’s best offensive performance came from Mark Anderson, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Carter Richardson had a hit, a run scored and an RBI for the Miners.

Owen Hanson earned the win on the mound for Gladstone after giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Alex Zampese took the loss for Negaunee after giving up five runs on six hits in four and a third innings.

Negaunee heads to Escanaba for a tourney Saturday. Gladstone plays at Traverse City Central Friday.