Onekama bats explode in sweep of Hart

ONEKAMA — Onekama’s bats came alive in a big way in their non-league doubleheader sweep of Hart on Monday.

The Portagers routed the Pirates by mercy rule in both games, winning the opener 19-3 in three innings and taking the nightcap 12-0 in five innings to improve their record to 16-8 on the season.

Randy Pienta took the win on the mound in the first game, and helped his own cause with three hits and three runs scored in two at-bats for Onekama. Jon Acton hit a three-run homer and Jon Eno had two doubles and drove in three runs in two trips. Joseph McCarthy scored three runs without registering a time at bat, walking once and being hit by pitch twice, coming around to score on all three.

Onekama freshman Jacob Mauntler aims a ball intended for first base during the Portagers’ sweep of the Pirates in Onekama on Monday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Onekama freshman Jacob Mauntler aims a ball intended for first base during the Portagers’ sweep of the Pirates in Onekama on Monday.
(Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

The Portagers led 19-0 after two innings, but Hart loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the third. One run scored on a wild pitch and two more on the last hit of the game, a two-out, two-run single by Hart’s Ty Davis who was thrown out to end the contest trying to stretch it to a double.

In all, eight different players had a hit in the game for Onekama and ten players crossed the plate.

“We’ve been trying to stress (hitting) in practice, and it’s so good to see it happen on the field,” said Onekama coach John Neph. “The guys have seen more live pitching and they’re getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on. When the guys contribute all throughout the order, that’s what leads to big scores like we had tonight.”

McCarthy picked up the win on the mound in the second game, giving up just two hits and walking one while striking out six Pirates in five innings pitched. Austin Sovereign drove in five of the 12 Portager runs, including a clutch three-run double in the fourth, Jacob Mauntler had a double and a triple and scored three runs and Ethan Hunt also scored three times to help the Portagers complete the emphatic sweep.

Neph said that he is very happy with his team’s progress this season.

“We’re trying to get better week after week, game by game,” he said. “We’re really gelling, and it’s fun to come to the ballpark, I’ll tell you that.”

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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