2002-04-18 / Front Page

Bobcats split with McBain, take twin bill at Grayling

The Houghton Lake Bobcats split with McBain, then took a pair of games from Grayling in varsity baseball action this week.
McBain
At home against McBain April 11, the Bobcats lost the first game, 10-0, but won the second, 8-2.
Houghton Lake failed to record a hit in the opener. Joe Chudzinski allowed seven hits and 10 runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings on the mound for the Bobcats. Trent Mubler was the winning pitcher.
In the nightcap, Tony Silva was two-for-three, with a single, a double, one run batted in and two stolen bases. Josh Earegood was one-for-four, with a two-run double and two RBI’s. Al Stuck was one-for two and Billee Banks one-for three, each with one RBI single.
Earegood allowed four hits and two runs in six innings while striking out nine McBain batters and walking six. Andy Brokema pitched for McBain.
Grayling
Things went better at Grayling April 16, Houghton Lake took the first contest, 12-5 and the second, 13-1 under the five-inning mercy rule.
“We played great defense behind Bille (Banks) and Tony (Silva). They both pitched pretty well,” Bobcats Coach Eric Methner said. “We hit the ball pretty good and took advantage of the mistakes they made.”
Banks struck out nine Vikings and walked one. He allowed nine hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings on the mound. Schreiber was the losing pitcher.
Josh Caswell was two-for-five at bat, with a grand slam home run in the fifth inning and four RBI’s. Earegood hit a three-run homer in the first and was one-for-two for the game, with three RBI’s. Al Stuck was two-for-four, with one RBI. John Forbes was two-for three. Troy Forbes was one-for-three, with a two-RBI double in the first. Kenny Koscielecki and Chudzinski each had one hit.
Tony Silva pitched for the Bobcats in the second game, striking out five Grayling batters and walking seven. He allowed two hits and one run. Swope was on the mound for the Vikings.
Koscielecki had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats. Chudzinski was two-for three, with one RBI. Troy Forbes was two-for-four, with three RBI’s, Caswell and Dustin Aldrich were each one-for-two, with one RBI. Aldrich’s hit was a double.
The Bobcats have a record of three wins and one loss.

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