Bobcats trounce Baldwin; Riggs hits for cycle

BRETHREN — Brethren baseball played about as well as a team could play on Monday, topping Baldwin 11-0 and 20-0 in a home doubleheader while allowing just one hit in each game.

The convincing wins allowed everyone on the team to get in on the action.

“Everybody played tonight through the two games,” said Brethren head coach Julie Riggs. “It was really nice. Everybody — whether they had an at-bat or pinch run or some part of the game — they were a piece of it. Those are always good games.”

Jake Riggs hit for the cycle in the opener, going 4-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple and a home run while recording five RBIs and one steal. Hunter Wojciechowski went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs — with courtesy runner Mike King crossing the plate four times in his stead. Skylar Wojciechowski batted 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, two RBIs and two runs and Gavin Asiala finished 2-for-3 with two triples, an RBI and two runs.

Jake Riggs was just as effective on the mound as he was at the plate, striking out 13 of the 17 batters he faced in five innings while allowing one walk and one hit before the game was stopped due to the mercy rule.

The Bobcats’ bats were even more potent in the nightcap and the game was called after three innings due to the mercy rule.

Hunter Wojciechowski hit 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Skylar Wojciechowski batted 3-for-4, Jake Riggs went 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run that clanged off the foul pole, Asiala finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and five steals and Jalen Guenther was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Skylar Wojciechowski threw in Game 2, facing 13 batters in three innings, striking out five and allowing one hit and one walk.

The Bobcats host Pine River at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City on Thursday.

Chips drop 2 to WMC

MANISTEE — Manistee baseball struggled in its home doubleheader against Muskegon Western Michigan Christian on Monday, falling 10-0 in a game shorted by the mercy rule and 7-1.

The Warriors got out to an early lead in the opener and the Chippewas were unable to respond. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

“We didn’t have good, quality at-bats,” said Manistee head coach Dave Edmondson. “We bailed them out on some bad pitches, we swung at high pitches and we stood there and looked at a lot of pitches. We didn’t give ourselves an opportunity.

“We just can’t come up with any hits right now,” he continued. “Our bats are really cold.”

In the nightcap, Manistee managed a run in the bottom of the first, but still trailed 4-1 heading into the third inning. WMC tacked on three more runs before all was said and done while the Chippewas’ bats remained cold.

Evan Bauman took the loss in Game 2, but Edmondson saw no fault in the young man’s performance.

“If I could get everybody to play with the heart that Evan Bauman plays with I think we’d be all right,” Edmondson said. “That kid gives us everything he’s got all the time. He pitched his heart out. I just wish one time we could give him the effort we gave him his sophomore year when we beat Muskegon Catholic, because we just can’t show up for him. Can’t play defense — I think we had six errors again behind him.

“He’s pitching his heart out, striking kids out, getting them to beat the ball in the ground or pop it up and we just can’t make the play behind him.”

Bauman is a senior and losing a player like him after this season will be a significant loss, Edmondson said.

“He gives you everything he has — all of his 5-foot-6-inch frame, 130 pounds — he’s giving us everything. He’s all heart. I wish I could have 12 kids like him. He’s just all effort. … I don’t have anyone like him on my team after this year. It’s going to be tough because I’ve been coaching him since he was 12 or 13 years old.

“He’s just a really great kid,” Edmondson continued. “It’s tough when he’s pitching a game like this and we don’t give him the effort he deserves.”

Manistee hosts Ludington today in a Lakes 8 twin bill at 4 p.m.

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