2017-04-20 / Sports

Bucks roll until they run into Falcons

The Roscommon varsity baseball team was on a roll with doubleheader wins at McBain April 12 (14-0, 17-6) and Tawas April 13 (10-2, 7-0) be­fore dropping both games at Ogemaw Heights April 17 (4-3, 10-1).

Trey Heliin started for the Bucks on the mound at Ogemaw Heights, scor­ing five strikeouts and one base on balls while giving up four hits and three runs, two of them earned in four and two thirds innings. He was relieved by Dane Smitz, who pitched two and a third in­nings, scoring two strikeouts and giving up three hits and one unearned run.

“Trey had another solid start for us. We had Ogemaw on the ropes with bases loaded in a couple of innings but could not come up with the key hits needed to break the game open. It was a tough loss,” said Roscommon Coach Derek Smitz.

Hitting in game one for the Bucks were Dane Smitz, 1-4, one RBI; Grant Smitz, 2-2, one RBI; Ethan Noreyko, 1-3; Gabe Stern, 1-4; Kaleb Keipert, 1-3 with a double; Josh Freese, 1-3 and Aaron Jacobs, 1-2, 1 RBI.

Hitters in the second game against the Falcons were Dane Smitz 1-2; No­reyko, 1-2; Stern, 1-2 and Grant Smitz, one RBI.

Grant Smitz pitched the first game at Tawas, scoring nine strikeouts, and giv­ing up one walk, four hits and two earned runs. “We played a sharp ballgame that began with a 6-4-3 double play in the first inning that got us rolling. Ethan Noreyko closed the game in the sixth in­ning. Our coaching staff agreed that we would limit our pitchers to around 60 pitches. Grant had 63 after five innings. Zero errors,” said Coach Smitz.

Hitting in game one for the Bucks were Dane Smitz, 1-3 with a dou­ble; Noreyko, 1-2 with a double, one RBI; Stern, 2-3, one RBI; Heliin, 1-4, two RBIs; Keipert, 1-4, two RBIs; River Neff, 1-4, two RBIs; Freese, 1-3, one RBI and Hunter Hoffman 1-4, one RBI.

Keipert was on the mound in game two against the Braves, pitching five no- hit innings with nine strikeouts and three walks. He was relieved by Noreyko, who closed in the sixth inning. “Our pitching staff did a great job for us through the entire week. We were able to limit pitch counts and get through a six-game week. We played errorless baseball which is a big contributor to keeping pitch counts down,” said Coach Smitz.

Buck hitters in game two were Dane Smitz, 2-4 with a double; Grant Smitz, 2-3, one RBI; Noreyko, 1-3, Stern, 2-3, two RBIs; Heliin, 1-2, one RBI; Keipert, 1-3 with a triple, two RBIs; Neff,1-3, one RBI and Hoffman, 1-3.

Heliin pitched a complete, five-inning game one at McBain, scoring 12 strike­outs and only giving up one hit. “We could not have asked for a better perfor­mance from one of our pitchers this early in the season. He ended the game with a total pitch count of 63. We hit the ball and played excellent defense. Everyone looked sharp,” said Coach Smitz.

Game one hitters for the Bucks at McBain were Dane Smitz, 1-4 with a double, three RBIs; Grant Smitz, 2-3 with a double, two RBIs; Noreyko, 2-4 with a double, two RBIs; Stern, 2-4, one RBI; Keipert, 1-3, two RBIs; Neff, 3-4 with a double, one RBI and Jacobs, 1-4, one RBI.

“In game two (at McBain) we strug­gled with some walks in the second in­ning. When combined with a hit from McBain it led to a six-run inning for them. Our pitchers buckled down and kept them scoreless for the remainder of the game. River Neff picked up the win and Hoffman and Freese completed the game in relief. We kept on the gas the entire game. Our pitchers came through and allowed us to conserve the remainder of the staff that had pitched on Monday. We have pitched all nine of the pitchers on our staff,” said Coach Smitz.

Buck hitters against the Ramblers were Dane Smitz, 2-2 with a double, one RBI; Grant Smitz, 1-3 with a double, one RBI; Noreyko, 2-4, Stern, 2-2 with a double, one RBI; Heliin, 2-4, three RBIs; Keipert, 2-4 with a double, four RBIs and Freese, 1-3.

The Bucks were to travel to Standish April 19, to Grayling April 20 and will host Beaverton in their first home games April 27.

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