Saugatuck baseball splits games with Black River, Fennville
By Leo Martonosi
It’s too bad the Saugatuck baseball team couldn’t have saved some runs from the first game of its doubleheader against Holland Black River on Tuesday, May 7.
The Indians won the opener 10-0 before dropping the nightcap 7-4.
“We had a strong first game, but had some things that didn’t go the way we wanted in the second game,“ said Saugatuck coach Tim Antel.
The Indians started fast in the opener by scoring four second-inning runs and were never in danger of dropping the non-league contest.
“I was very happy by the way we played,” Antel said.
Despite dropping the second game, the Indians are having another fine season under Antel.
“I like the makeup of this team,” Antel said.
Saugatuck, which collected 10 hits in the opener, had three players—Lucas Czarnecki, Nick Cadreau and Ryan Shanahan—check in with two hits.
Shanahan also drove in two runs, as did Connor Seifert.
The Indians, who have speed to burn, stole 10 bases in the first game. Seifert and Alec Hoezee led the way with three stolen bases each. Czarnecki stole two bags.
“Speed is one of our strengths,” Antel said.
The first-game victory moved Saugatuck to 13-4-1 for the season.
“The guys are playing hard and are having a very good season,” Antel said.
Saugatuck was playing in its fourth game in two days.
Seifert, who is a perfect 4-0 on season, combined with Hoezee for the shutout in the mercy-rule-shortened, six-inning win.
Freshman hurler Benny Diaz suffered the setback in his varsity debut despite fanning five River Rats batters in the second game.
Diaz also almost made a sensational catch, rolling over twice in trying to come up with what would have been the defensive play of the game while playing first base in the first tilt.
“Benny is just like many of our players, who go all out on every play,” Antel said.
The Indians out-hit the River Rats 9-2 in the second game.
Leading the Saugatuck hitting parade with a double was Czarnecki. Hoezee checked in with two safeties, while Joey Antel came up with a couple of defensive gems at shortstop. Hoezee and Cadreau each swiped two bases.
“Untimely and uncharacteristic walks and errors allowed Black River to capitalize in the second game,” Tim Antel said.
On Friday, May 10, Saugatuck faced off with Fennville in a divisional twinbill that resulted in another split decision. The Indians took game one 3-2 and the Blackhawks won game two 10-5.
Seifert and Blake Dunn—who picked up the win with the complete-game effort—led Saugatuck with two hits each in game one. Matthew Sanchez and Erik Korman had two hits each for Fennville.
The Indians led the nightcap 5-2 through four innings, but Fennville rallied for two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Seifert had three hits in the loss, while Diaz added a single and a double. Brody Peterson and Austin Scoville each had three hits for Fennville, including two doubles for Peterson and one for Scovill.
Sanchez collected two more hits.
Blake Aalderink picked up the complete-game win, while Wyatt Larsen started and took the loss for the Indians.
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