Braves sweep Miners
NEGAUNEE — It was a long day for the otherwise successful Negaunee High School baseball team running up one of the best teams in the Upper Peninsula on Wednesday.
Gladstone swept the Miners 14-2 and 11-2 in Negaunee’s seventh and eighth games in the last five days.
“No excuses, but they might’ve been draggin’ a little,” NHS manager Jason Siik said after his team fell to 16-6.
“Gladstone is a polished, good-looking team.
“I thought we pitched well, but we just couldn’t get our offense to hit the ball in the holes.”
And committing three errors each game didn’t help, as just three of the seven runs were earned that were charged to second-game losing pitcher Alex Munson.
In the opener, the Braves turned a close game into a laugher with a nine-run fifth after leading 5-2.
Munson doubled among the Miners’ three hits while scoring both Negaunee runs, with Jason Waterman and Adam Ogea singling, Waterman’s knocking in Munson in the second inning.
Carson Shea led Gladstone, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while teammate Drake Forrest homered while going 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs.
Miners pitcher Tanner Peterson started and went four innings to take the loss as he was tagged with 11 runs — 10 earned — on 13 hits and three walks as he struck out two. Freshman Brenten Belanger worked the final innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk.
Gladstone starter Cam Kelly went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while fanning one.
The Braves didn’t need a big inning in the nightcap, scoring in each of the final five innings of this six-inning encounter.
Munson started and went three innings, scattering six hits with no walks as he K’d one. Freshman Gerald Johnson worked the next two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks, while another frosh, Hunter Haanpaa mopped up in the sixth, giving up a run and hit with no walks.
Brody Sanville got the win despite going just the first 2 1/3 innings for the Braves, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks as he fanned one.
Junior Eric Anderson led Negaunee hitters, going 3 for 3 with a run scored, while Logan Fish had his team’s other hit, a triple that scored Anderson in the third. Fish scored himself when the following batter, Carter Richardson, knocked him in without benefit of a hit.
Christian Creten and Ian Schwalbach each were 2 for 2 for Gladstone. Creten tripled, knocked in two runs and scored twice, while Schwalbach had an RBI and two runs scored.
Negaunee plays in the West PAC tournament in Iron Mountain Saturday morning, while Gladstone hosts Peshtigo, Wis. today at 4.