Brethren baseball splits with Suttons Bay

Brethren pitcher Jake Riggs delivers in the first game of the Bobcats’ non-league doubleheader against Suttons Bay on Thursday. Riggs led Brethren to a 9-2 win in the first game, but the Bobcats had to settle for a split with a 6-4 loss in the nightcap. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Brethren pitcher Jake Riggs delivers in the first game of the Bobcats’ non-league doubleheader against Suttons Bay on Thursday. Riggs led Brethren to a 9-2 win in the first game, but the Bobcats had to settle for a split with a 6-4 loss in the nightcap. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

For the News Advocate

BRETHREN — The Brethren baseball team split its home doubleheader against Suttons Bay, winning 9-2 before falling 6-4 Thursday.

“I’m never happy with a split because I know what my guys are capable of,” said Brethren coach Julie Riggs.

Game one featured a masterful pitching performance by Brethren’s (7-5, 5-1 WMDL) Jake Riggs, who struck out 14 of the 23 batters he faced, giving up just two hits and one walk.

Skylar Wojciechowski and Jalen Guenther paced the Bobcat offense, with both hitting 2-for-3. Jake Riggs and Hunter Wojciechowski both finished 2-for-4.

“We did pretty good,” said Brethren infielder Gavin Asiala. “We played pretty well the first game. The second game we started out pretty strong. Our bats were going the whole time so that was good. That’s a big plus for us.”

In the second game, the Norsemen hitters started heating up, while the Bobcats stranded runners on base in multiple innings.

“We left a lot of guys on base in different innings,” Coach Riggs said. “… When we have those guys on, we have to be a top to bottom lineup of hitting.

“Like I say, when you leave that many guys on base, they should have scored,” she continued. “We should have had those runs.”

In game two, Adrian Dean hit 2-for-3 while Skylar Wojciechowski, Hunter Wojciechowski and Jake Riggs each batted 2-for-4. Skylar Wojciechowski took the bump for the Bobcats in the second game.

“We really focus on hitting a lot,” Asiala said. “We kind of started falling apart (in the second game) just a little bit fielding. We need to pick that up but other than that I thought we did decent all day.”

The Bobcats hadn’t seen game-action in a full week, which Riggs felt left her players a little bit rusty.

“You play the game of repetition,” Riggs said. “(After a layoff) you lose your repetition. Jake’s a great pitcher out there on the mound for us but we have to be able to still hit the ball.”

Despite a pretty sound performance from the team, Riggs wasn’t satisfied with the results.

“I’m never happy with a split,” she said. “I’m a winner. I like winning.”

Brethren next takes the field in a conference doubleheader at Big Rapids Crossroads Monday.

“We’ve only played a dozen games this year,” Riggs said. “That number right there tells the story, because when you want your team to get better you have to play. When you only have a dozen matches, that’s not helping the boys out.”

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