Boys Varsity Baseball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Apr 27, 2019
- : 5
BYRON CENTER HIGH SCHOOL: 4
Game 1: Gull Lake 5 , Byron Center 4
With the game tied 4 to 4 in the top of the 7th inning, down to their last out, Justin Mansager hit a shot that careened of Byron Centers 3rd Baseman Robert Rainco’s out reached glove into left field for a double. Mansager reached 3rd on a passed ball, then later scored on a wild pitch giving Gull Lake a 5 to 4 lead.
With the lead, Gull Lake handed the ball to Jack Blesch to close the door. He only needed 10 pitches to seal the deal to pick up the save.
Byron Center jumped out to a 2 -0 lead in the bottom of the first. Lead off hitter, Nicholas Fedewa singled, he moved to 2nd on a SAC Bunt by Michael Allan. Fedewa would score on a single by Cameron Schuelke. A Dalton VanderArk single would score Schuelke to give Byron Center the 2 to 0 lead.
Gull Lake cut into the lead the next inning when Dylan Stanton led off the inning with a triple and would score on an error while Byron Center was trying to get him out at 3rd. At the end of 3, Byron Center 2, Gull Lake 1.
Byron Center added one more run in the bottom of the 4th when Michael Allan singled to drive in Dalton VanderArk. VanderArk singled and advanced to 3rd on a Nicholas Fedewa double.
Gull Lake would tie the score in the top of the 5th on a 2 out, 2 run single by Justin Mansager. Brandon Ruge started the 2 out rally with a single, Hunter Hazel would then walk to give Gull Lake runners on 1st and 2nd. Both would advance on a passed ball to set the table for Mansager.
Gull Lake would then take the lead in the top of the 6th when Luke Scoles sent pitch number 9 of the at bat into deep right field for a lead off triple. Scoles would later score on a Jack Blesch SAC Fly.
Byron Center wouldn’t take too long to tie it up in their half of the inning. Robert Rainco led off the inning with his 3rd walk of the day. He would move to 3rd base on an errant pick off attempt. He would come across to score on a Matthew Myers SAC Fly. At the end of 6 it was all tied up.
Dean Sommer earned his first Varsity win on the hill for Gull Lake. He pitched a scoreless 6th inning to keep Gull Lake in it. Byron Center’s Dalton VanderArk, suffered the loss.
Game 2 Gull Lake 7, Byron Center 1.
Gull Lake broke the game open in the top of the 2nd inning putting up 4 runs on the board. After Jack Blesch walked to start the inning, Byron Center’s starting pitcher Nathan Volkers, got Kole Warren and Nick Fadden to fly out. With 2 outs Brandon Ruge and Hunter Hazel both got hit by pitches to load the bases. It only took Justin Mansager one swing to unload them. His 2 out double came up 5 feet short from being a Grand Slam. Mansager would then steal 3rd and score on a wild pitch.
That would prove to be enough offense Sophomore Pitcher Braden Stanton would need to earn his first Varsity victory in his first career start for Gull Lake. Braden went all 7 innings allowing 1 hit while giving up no earned runs and striking out 4 Bulldog hitters.
Gull Lake would add one more run in the top of the 3rd, Dylan Stanton led off the inning with a single. He then stole 2nd base and reached 3rd when the throw from the catcher ricocheted off of Stanton’s helmet into centerfield. Stanton would end up scoring on a wild pitch.
Byron Center’s lone run came in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Kaden Holverstott and Brock Arnold both reached base on an error. Kaden Holverstott would score on an Austin VanderMarkt fielder's choice.
Gull Lake would put 2 more insurance runs in the top of the 6th. Nick Fadden started it of with a bloop single to left field. Brandon Ruge and Hunter Hazel laid down 2 perfect bunts for hits to load the bases. An RBI groundout by Justin Mansager would plate Fadden, and a Jacob Lounden SAC Fly would score Ruge giving Gull Lake a 7 to 1 lead.
Byron Center’s lone hit came from Matthew Myers in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Dylan Stanton collected 2 hits in the win. Nick Fadden, Justin Mansager, Brandon Ruge, and Hunter Hazel all had 1 hit apiece.
Byron Center is home Tuesday against Holland, and Gull Lake will host conference rival Battle Creek Lakeview.