Warriors dominant in sweep

Tarbell, Schafer sharp for Chippewa Hills against Coyotes

REMUS — Jake Tarbell and Ty Schafer notched a pair of pitching wins for Chippewa Hills Tuesday night.

SAFE: Chippewa Hills’ Nolan Denslow slides into home during Tuesday’s doubleheader against Reed City. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

But Tarbell’s stint was a little shorter, although not necessarily sweeter.

Tarbell went all four innings in a 15-0 Chip Hills victory over Reed City in the first game of a Central State Activities Association doubleheader Tuesday. Schafer went the full seven innings in an 11-2 victory in the rematch.

In the opener, the Warriors exploded for 10 runs in the first and added four in the second and one in the fourth.

Tarbell struck out eight in four innings and allowed one hit. Schafer had four hits and two RBIs in the win while Hayden Denslow and Brent Martin had two hits apiece.

“We swung the bats extremely well, “ said Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright. “It takes a lot of stress off all the players when you can come out and get a couple of runs, not to mention 10 runs. It really opened the door for us.”

Ryan Willis took the loss. Taylor Weiss had Reed City‘s only hit.

“You can’t give up 10 runs in the first inning,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel. “Chippewa Hills hits the ball real well.”

In the second game, Reed City had a 1-0 lead after one inning and 2-1 after two. Chippewa Hills then scored two runs in the third three in the fourth and five in the sixth to put the game away.

Reed City had a run in the sixth on Sean Woodside’s home run. In the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded, Esch drove home three runs on a double and scored on the same play from a throwing error. Shane Travis had two doubles for the Warriors.

“Our bats have started to heat up the last six games,” Wright said. “That is what I expected from his team. I’m hoping we can continue to get better and move forward with that.”

Ray Phenix was the losing pitcher.

“They hit the ball well and we’ve struggled at the plate lately,” Shankel said.

The Warriors are 9-3 overall and 8-2 in the CSAA and are home with Alma Friday.

The Coyotes are 0-6 in the league and 1-7 overall, and play at Manton on Thursday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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