State-rated Mayville puts endto Almont baseball team's run
|Almont second baseman Chris May chases down a bouncing ball in Saturday’s Division 3 regional baseball game versus Mayville. May and the Raiders watched their season wind down with a 6-1 loss. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
June 13, 2007ALMONT — Fifth-rated Mayville generated two-run outputs during the first, fourth and fifth innings en route to a 6-1 win against unranked Almont in a Division 3 regional baseball semifinal confrontation last Saturday morning at Bad Axe High School.
With the outcome, Mayville improves to 25-5 overall. Almont watches a 12-11 campaign reach an endpoint.
Though the contest appeared to be a mismatch, at least on paper, Almont Coach Leigh Stroh refused to allow his ballclub to get into that mindset entering regional action. He stressed to his ballclub that anything was possible if they played well.
"We had rattled off three wins (against Capac, Memphis and Brown City) to get to this point," Stroh said. "Those games we pitched well, got timely hitting and had good defense," he emphasized.
"We didn't get the last two today and Mayville capitalized on that. Our play was up and down throughout the game. It was a microcosm of the season we had."
In Saturday's confrontation, Mayville struck first.
Aided by an error, a bunt single, a hit batsman and a two-run single off the bat of Travis Sideway, Mayville grabbed a 2-0 edge after one inning was history.
Innings two and three were scoreless.
The fourth inning would see Mayville widen the gap.
It was there Adam Lugowski collected an RBI-single and Adam Muncy supplied an RBI-single, increasing Mayville's lead to 4-0.
Inning number five would see Mayville pad their cushion even more.
It was there Mayville manufactured two more runs, aided by a walk, a throwing error and a wild pitch.
That staked Mayville to a 6-0 cushion at the time.
The bottom half of the fifth inning would see Almont go down in order.
Almont saw to it that it would return the favor to Mayville, getting them to go down 1-2-3 during the top half of the sixth inning.
The bottom half of the sixth inning would see Almont whittle away at their deficit.
There Brian Thomas was hit by a pitch to get things started. He was then replaced on basepaths by Nick Dziewit.
Two batters later, Andrew Malburg brought Dziewit home via a sacrifice fly.
Mayville then got the next Almont batter, Steven Mack, out via a strikeout.
That left Mayville holding a 6-1 edge after six innings were history.
The top half of the seventh inning saw Almont hold Mayville scoreless.
Mayville then sent Almont down in order, assuring themselves of a 6-1 win when the final out was registered.
Almont finished the contest with two basehits. Ron Heikkila and Malburg, a single each, accounted for those.