Brethren baseball and softball end a long week on road

 

Brian Fogg/News Advocate Brethren’s Ethan Fischer catches a foul ball on Wednesday against Onekama. The Bobcats swept Buckley on Thursday in non-league play.

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Brethren’s Ethan Fischer catches a foul ball on Wednesday against Onekama. The Bobcats swept Buckley on Thursday in non-league play.

BUCKLEY — Brethren baseball’s long week finally came to an end on Thursday with a non-league sweep of Buckley.

The Bobcats (15-9), who are 3-3 in the last 4 days, won the first game 11-3 and the later game was 10-4.

Kameren Danks pitched the first game, going 6 innings with 1 earned run and 10 strikeouts.

“There were some interesting conditions today with the weather. It was real cold and windy,” Brethren coach Roddy MacNeil said. “He stuck with it and fought through some tough innings, not so much tough innings, but tough conditions. It was very good to see from him.”

Jake Riggs led the offense going 2-for-4 with a run and 2 steals, Gavin Asiala was 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI, Jacob Cook was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and Hunter Wojciechowski was 1-for-2 with a 2 runs.

Asiala started the second game by going 3 innings, where he gave up 2 earned runs, and Ian Cabot pitched 2 innings of no-hit baseball. Asiala had 5 strikeouts and Cabot had 2 strikeouts.

Danks was 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run, Ethan Fischer was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBI, Asiala was 1-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 steals, Riggs was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Cook was 1-for-4 with 2 runs, Tyler Guinan had a double and 2 RBI.

MacNeil says he’s just pleased to get through this week after playing with the different pitchers and pitch counts.

“This was going to be our most challenging week when it came down to pitch counts,” he said. “To come out of the week 3-3 is about where we expected to be and what we needed to be like looking forward. Am I happy with it? I could always expect more. I’m proud of our boys for fighting. After last night’s game it would have been real easy to roll over.”

Brethren will get a much-needed break and be back on Monday at Mesick.

Brian Fogg/News Advocate Brethren’s Whitney Dean makes a play from shortstop on Wednesday against Onekama. Brethren swept Buckley in a non-league game on Thursday.

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Brethren’s Whitney Dean makes a play from shortstop on Wednesday against Onekama. Brethren swept Buckley in a non-league game on Thursday.

Brethren softball splits on road

Brethren softball split two games on Thursday night at Buckley.

The Bobcats won the opener 11-7 and dropped the second after a comeback, 19-18.

Whitney Dean pitched the first game giving up 2 earned runs and 3 hits. Mary Voorhees added 2 hits and a run, Dean had 3 hits, Taytum Myers had 2 hits and 3 runs and Brianna Pettinato had 3 hits and runs.

The second game had some drama with Brethren rally with an 11-run 5th inning

Rhiannon Gillis started the second game with 2 1/3 innings, 2 hits and 8 runs. Abby Rittenhouse came in the game in relief for 1 1/3 innings with 5 earned runs, and finally Dean came back into the game in the 5th inning giving up 6 runs on 3 hits.

Alexis Picard had a triple and a RBI, Dean had 2 hits and 2 runs, Whitney Danks has 3 runs on 3 hits, Gillis had 2 hits and 2 runs, Alexis Jennings had a hit and 2 runs, Pettinato had 3 hits and 3 runs and Lindsey Krizan had 2 hits and 2 runs.

“We were able to start a lot of our younger girls in the second game to give our starters some rest,” Brethren coach Scot Modjeski said. “It was hard for the girls to get loose. There were a lot of cold hands on balls, but I like the way we battled back. We were down 13-7 and we scored 11 runs in that inning. We had girls hitting the ball that I didn’t expect to.”

Brethren will be back on Monday at Mesick.

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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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