Onekama defeats Glen Lake, Mesick to win tournament at Wuerful Park

The Onekama baseball team poses with the trophy earned by winning the Glen Lake Invitational tournament at Wuerful Park in Traverse City on Saturday. The Portagers beat Glen Lake in the semifinals and Mesick in the tournament championship game. (Courtesy photo)

The Onekama baseball team poses with the trophy earned by winning the Glen Lake Invitational tournament at Wuerful Park in Traverse City on Saturday. The Portagers beat Glen Lake in the semifinals and Mesick in the tournament championship game. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVERSE CITY — Onekama baseball made its annual trek to Wuerful Park in Traverse City for the Maple City Glen Lake Invitational tournament Saturday, and came home with all the marbles after defeating Glen Lake and Mesick.

The Portagers opened the day with its first win over the Lakers in nine years, 4-2, and brought home the trophy with a 9-4 win over the Bulldogs in the championship game.

“Wuerful Park is just a great place to play baseball,” Onekama head coach John Neph said. “Glen Lake seems like it’s always state-ranked, they run a quality program, and to get a win a game against that caliber of team is quite an accomplishment for our guys.”

Onekama scored 2 runs in the first inning and 2 more in the third on just 5 hits, and senior pitcher Austin Sovereign made it stand up, holding the Lakers scoreless over 4 2/3 innings.

The Onekama fielders did their jobs behind him, playing error-free baseball, while the Portagers were the beneficiaries of 3 Glen Lake errors in the contest.

Jayden DeWitt came on in relief, finishing off the last 1 1/3 on the mound, and also chipping in 2 hits and 2 RBI at the plate in the game.

“We played an exceptionally strong game defensively,” Neph said. “I think that’s the best game Austin Sovereign has pitched in his career.”

Jonathan Adams led the way in the championship game against Mesick, giving up just 2 runs on 2 hits in 4 innings of work, and helping his own cause with 2 hits and 2 RBI at the plate. It was Adams’ longest pitching outing of the season so far.

Joe McCarthy and Tanner Hearit also each had 2 hits — Onekama had 12 as a team in 6 innings — and the offensive explosion was most welcome, as the Portager defense was somewhat less of a factor, committing 4 errors in the contest.

Lucas Mauntler came on on relief, pitching two strong innings.

Neph said that having four pitchers do as well as they did on Saturday will be a huge advantage for his team with the new pitch-count limits this season.

“We had four guys doing the right things, throwing strikes,” he said. “When we play defense behind them like that, we can pull out two wins.”

But one of those wins was arguably more important than even the tournament hardware. Onekama will face Glen Lake again, this time in a Northwest Conference doubleheader on May 16, with a great deal of confidence.

“We are improving,” Neph said. “We know we have a ways to go, but it’s certainly a nice stepping-stone for us in this young season.”

Onekama (6-2) will be back in action when it hosts Buckley in a Northwest Conference doubleheader on Wednesday, 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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