Manistee baseball swept at Ludington

Manistee shortstop Mayan Liston fires to first during the Chippewas’ doubleheader at Ludington on Tuesday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Manistee shortstop Mayan Liston fires to first during the Chippewas’ doubleheader at Ludington on Tuesday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

For the News Advocate

LUDINGTON — The Manistee baseball team was swept in a doubleheader at Ludington Tuesday, falling to the Orioles 12-2 and 13-5.

“We’re not doing the little things that we need to do to win games,” said Manistee head baseball coach Dave Edmondson. “… Just little things that we need to correct and we’re working through. Just clean it up a little bit and we’ll be fine.”

The Chippewas took a 2-0 advantage into the third inning of game one, where Ludington scored five runs. The Orioles scored three runs in the fourth and the fifth before the game was called due to the mercy rule.

“We just had little errors and made mistakes,” said Manistee outfielder Stephen Loredo. “Once the little things happen, the big things tend to come out from there.”

Leading the Chippewas’ offense was Austin Guenther, who batted 1-for-1 with an RBI double. Brady Mikula chipped in with a 1-for-2 performance at the plate.

“We hit the ball well,” Edmondson said. “We’ve got some young guys that are putting the ball in play now and we’re getting on base. We’re doing some things that we needed to do at the beginning of the year, but we’re finally starting to do them.”

Evan Bauman was the starting pitcher in game one, giving up 18 hits, 12 runs and two walks with one strikeout. Mayan Liston pitched in relief.

After falling behind 8-0 two innings into the second game, the Chips scored three runs in the third and tacked on two more in the fourth. Unfortunately, their bats cooled from there and Ludington completed the sweep.

Liston finished game two going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Jayden O’Hagen batted 1-for-2 with an RBI and Logan Buren went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

“It’s a better score than what we’ve been doing lately,” Loredo said. “We’ve been actually getting runs on the board.”

Guenther took the bump in game two, giving up 14 hits, 12 runs and seven walks while striking out two. Buren pitched in relief and tallied a strikeout.

The Chippewas next see action in the 350 Club Invitational tournament at Rietz Park Saturday.

“We’re working,” Edmondson said. “We don’t quit. We don’t give up.”

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