Chippewa Hills baseball drops a pair

REMUS — It was a busy weekend for the Chippewa Hills’ baseball team and didn’t end the way the Warriors would have preferred.

Chippewa Hills (8-8) lost 8-6 to Farwell and 12-2 to Wayland in five innings on Saturday in a home round-robin tournament.

The day before, the Warriors split a Central State Activities Association Gold Division doubleheader to Newaygo.

“It’s tough to play four games in two days,” Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright said. “But we do that a lot so we have to get used to that. I found some things we have to work on. I saw some things we did good. With a young team, we’re going to have that.”

In Saturday’s first game, Austin Young was the losing pitcher, allowing two earned runs in six innings. Cade Schafer had four hits, Slade Todd had a double and Cole Dangler a single.

In the second game, Wayland shot out to a 5-0 lead. Tristen Metcalf had RBI singles for the Warriors to cut it to 5-2. But Wayland came back with five runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game.

Brendan Berry was the starting pitcher for Chippewa Hills. Cody Brown and Metcalf had RBI for the Warriors.

Wayland (4-12) also beat Farwell 11-5 on Saturday.

“We hit the ball well,” Wayland coach Travis Wilcox said. “We played good defense. Our pitchers threw strikes for the most part. That’s kind of been our battle all year, being consistent in everything we do. All our kids contributed and helped us win.”

Travis Cutler and Shawn Maddux were leading hitters during the day for Wayland.

“All of kids played very well,” Wilcox said.

In the split with Newaygo, “we played really well in one game and they played really well in the other,” Wright said. “It was two good baseball games.”

Chippewa Hills has CSAA Gold games at Tri County on Tuesday and at Central Montcalm on Friday.

“Our journey is getting ready for the district tournament,” Wright said. “We know that. I think everyone in the league has two losses so we’re right in the same mix.”

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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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