Manistee’s pitching is the star in DH sweep at Hart

 

Manistee’s Mayan Liston hurdles the Hart catcher on the way to scoring a run during the Chippewas’ 10-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Hart on Thursday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Mayan Liston hurdles the Hart catcher on the way to scoring a run during the Chippewas’ 10-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Hart on Thursday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

HART — Manistee baseball rode two strong pitching performances to two big wins in a non-league doubleheader at Hart on Thursday.

Austin Bachinski tossed a shutout in a 10-0 win in the opener, and Ryan Vander Weele completed the sweep with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.

After dropping the first six games of the season, the Chippewas have now won 3 of their last 4, one of those against the then-second-ranked team in the state, Lakes-8 foe Muskegon Catholic Central.

Bachinski pitched no-hit ball for 5 1/3 innings in the first game, giving up just 3 hit and 2 walks while striking out 9 in a game that Manistee head coach Dave Edmondson said was indicative of the quality of pitcher that he is.

“He was the kid we were looking for all year,” Edmondson said. “Pitching is for smart people. He’s a really smart kid, and he really figured it out. He knows he’s not the fastest, but he’s sneaky-fast. He knows what he has to throw to get people out.

“He pitched a really great game, it was what we needed from him.”

Cameron Smith came in to pitch the seventh inning, and struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.

Vander Weele drove in four of the Manistee runs and scored another in the contest, in which the Chippewas posted an 8-run third inning and never looked back. Vander Weele started 14 of the 20 batter he faced with a first-pitch strike, which Edmondson emphasizes with all his pitchers.

“RV threw hard,” Edmondson said. “We talk about peppering that strike zone, getting ahead in the count and it worked to our benefit tonight.”

Logan Buren had two hits in three at-bats, batted in a run and scored another. In all, 10 different Chippewas each crossed the plate once in the game.

In the second game, Vander Weele pitched all four innings of the darkness-shortened contest, giving up just one earned run and scattering 5 hits while striking out 6 without a walk.

Chase Swidorski had 2 hits in the nightcap, in which Vander Weele, Evan Bauman and Dylan Polcyn each batted in 2 runs.

While the Chippewas find themselves on a hot streak, Edmondson said that his team still has a lot to learn. Manistee committed 3 errors in the second game, for example.

“I’m not going to say that we’re flying high, because we did some things tonight that we can’t do,” he said. “We got into quicksand a couple of times, and we got out of it. I think as these guys grow, we’re going to be able to handle all these situations.

“It’s nice to see these guys have some success after getting off to a rocky start, but a couple of wins don’t make a season, just like a couple of losses don’t make a season.”

Manistee (3-7 overall, 1-1 Lakes-8) will get back into Lakes-8 play in the next outing, at Muskegon Orchard View on Tuesday, April 25.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

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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