Portagers sweep Bobcats

 

Onekama shortstop Jacob Mauntler (right) has Brethren’s Adrian Dean (left) in a rundown during the Portagers’ 6-4 win in the first game of a non-league doubleheader on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Onekama shortstop Jacob Mauntler (right) has Brethren’s Adrian Dean (left) in a rundown during the Portagers’ 6-4 win in the first game of a non-league doubleheader on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Onekama took two games from its former West Michigan D League rival Brethren on Wednesday.

The Portagers won a competitive back-and-forth opener at 6-4, and the nightcap was a 17-1 rout in 4 innings.

“This happens every once in a while,” Brethren coach Roddy MacNeil said. “With each game the more plays the guys make in the field, the more confident they become. I think we’re right about to turn a corner with these next few games and going into districts we’ll be sitting pretty well.”

With the new MHSAA pitch count rules each team’s top 2 pitchers couldn’t pitch, and to some degree the night became a contest about which team has the deeper rotation.

The teams could meet again in the district semifinals in two weeks if Onekama can get past Pentwater in a pre-district game. Both coaches expect a lot could change.

“With both teams not having their number-one pitchers eligible to pitch, you’re obviously going to have a very different game tonight than if we would meet in the district game,” Onekama coach John Neph said. “I don’t anticipate that there would be that many runs scored if we would meet again.”

Brethren led early in the first game after Gavin Asiala knocked in Kameren Danks and Jake Riggs.

They added 2 more in the second inning to go up 4-2 early.

Onekama rallied back in the fifth inning after Jacob Mauntler knocked Tanner Hearit in with a deep double in the gap.

Two more runs would score in that inning and another in the sixth inning would put the game away for Onekama.

“We battled back again. That seems to be a theme,” Neph said. “Twice yesterday and in the first game today we had a comeback. We didn’t win them all, but we made them all closer. 3 runs in the 5th inning, that was a heck of a thing for us.”

Sovereign started the game for Onekama going 1 and 1/3 innings with 4 earned runs. Lucas Mauntler and Jacob Mauntler each pitched 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Portagers were led by Hearit who was 2-for-4 with a run, Jacob Mauntler was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI, Joseph McCarthy was 1-for-3, Jonathan Adams was 2-for-3 with a RBI and Sovereign was 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Jacob Cook pitched a complete game in the opener for Brethren. He had 3 strikeouts and allowed 4 earned runs.

Jake Riggs was 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI and Jalen Guenther was 1-for-3.

The fatigued Bobcats pitching staff became an easy target for the Portagers in the nightcap.

Onekama scored 7 runs in the opening inning and was able to pull away.

“Certainly things got off to a good start for us in the first inning,” Neph said. “I was real pleased with our guys coming out and hitting the ball like that.”

Adams pitched for Onekama going 4 innings with 5 hits and 1 earned run.

Lucas Mauntler was 2-for-3 with 3 runs and a RBI, Hearit was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, Jacob Mauntler was 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and 3 doubles, Adams was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and Harper was 2-for-2 with 2 runs.

“They were just hitting up and down the lineup,” MacNeil said. “Give it to our guys on the mound. The definitely are the guys we’ll need in the future. It was good to get them in.”

Ian Cabot, Dustin Cilman and Ethan Fischer each spent time on the mound for the Bobcats.

Adrian Dean was 1-for-2 and Fischer was 1-for-2 with a RBI.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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