Chips mercy Cardinals twice

MANISTEE — After being swept for the first time in more than a year, Manistee responded just as it planned — with a sweep.

The Chippewas rolled to a pair of mercy-rule wins Thursday against Mason County Eastern, winning the first game 10-0 and the second 15-2.

“It’s a good confidence booster to take two from somebody else,” said Manistee coach Denise Lijewski, “and end the week on a good note.”

Manistee’s Lydia Schimke steps off second base as Mason County Eastern’s Tammy Campbell pitches during the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Lydia Schimke steps off second base as Mason County Eastern’s Tammy Campbell pitches during the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

Manistee (21-4) averaged 11.6 runs per game before 2-0 and 5-1 losses Tuesday to Cadillac. The pair of wins Thursday gave the Chippewas double-digit runs for the 17th time in 25 games this season.

“The bats were rolling pretty good,” Maser said. “We just have to keep it up when we see those harder pitchers. That will take us further in the postseason.”

Maser recorded the win in the five-inning opener after tossing a one-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Chippewas scored three in the first inning as Allie Zimmerman slammed an RBI double to left-center, Lydia Schimke followed with an RBI single and Taylor Wilhoit bounced out for an RBI. Manistee added two runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth for its third win in as many tries this season against MCE, which represented a different challenge than Cadillac.

“Not to take away from (MCE), but it’s a different caliber of play, a different team,” Lijewski said. “I think having such a good team on Tuesday, helped us really knuckle down for today.”

Manistee finished with 15 hits and Schimke and Natalie Wilkosz led the way with three each. Zimmerman had a pair of doubles, Stephanie Smogoleski and Lilly Bjorkquist had two hits each and Wilhoit had three RBIs. Mackenzie Thompson and Frankie Jans both singled.

The second game wasn’t pretty as Manistee scored 15 runs on just two hits and the Chippewas took advantage of 12 walks and three hit batters.

“After a while it gets pretty boring and it’s hard to keep your mind in it,” Maser said. “You really struggle to keep yourself mentally prepared because it just drags on.”

Manistee scored eight in the first inning, six in the second and one in the third in the five-inning mercy. Maser singled and had two RBIs and Smogoleski singled. 

Thompson earned the win after allowing four hits while striking out five.

“It was definitely a good job by our pitching staff today,” Lijewski said.

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