Bark River-Harris baseball sweeps Stephenson

Bark River-Harris senior Ethan Ives slides into third base against Stephenson on April 11, 2024 at Bark River baseball field. (Adam Hinch/Daily Press)

BARK RIVER — A rainy, overcast day was no issue for Bark River-Harris baseball as it cruised to a pair of 10-run victories 12-2 and 10-0 over Stephenson on Thursday.

“It was a night and day difference since we played Escanaba’s JV team Tuesday,” Broncos coach Al Botwright said. “To give up 23 runs in one game and turn around and give up two in two games (Thursday) was definitely and good start for the team.”

The Broncos jumped all over the Eagles from the start as Charlie Guenette tripled with runners on second and third to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead. Troy Johnson followed that up with an RBI single and the Broncos led 3-0 after one inning of play.

The Broncos pitcher repeated his performance from the first inning as Stephenson went three up, three down again in the second inning.

The Broncos continued to extend the lead in the second inning after back-to-back walks to start the inning, senior Ethan Ives hit a groundball and reached on an error by shortstop Beau Maule and freshman Dane Schmitt scored and the Broncos led 4-0. Later in the second inning, Johnson singled again to centerfield allowing Jacob Mileski to score and the Broncos led 7-0 after two.

In the third inning Mileski singled to left field for one of his two hits in the game that would score a run and the Broncos took an 8-0 lead. “It felt good today,” Mileski said. “It was a rough start against the Escanaba JV team the other night. I only got on base once with a walk, so to get a two-hit game was definitely a good boost for me.”

Hall pitched four innings allowing only two runs on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

“I’ll take that anytime out,” Hall said. It felt great being out on the mound and playing baseball and we put up a good effort offensively and defensively.”

In the second game the Broncos picked up right where

they left off in the first game as they led 2-0 after one inning powered by a triple by Ives, who later scored. “It’s early in the season and everyone has some jitters,” Ives said. “Getting the triple was definitely exciting.”

The Broncos had back-to-back walks to start the second inning. Junior Dominick Lantagne singled on a ground ball to left field scoring Schmitt. Lantagne advanced to second on an error which allowed Hall to score and the Broncos led 4-0. Later in the inning freshman Kaleb Desloits singled on a ground ball to the shortstop that scored two runs and the Broncos led 6-0.

The Broncos pitchers Jared Reynolds and Gabe Spear combined to no hit the Eagles in the second game.


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