Manistee drops two games to Ludington at home

MANISTEE — Manistee baseball struggled in its home twin bill against Ludington on Tuesday, falling 13-0 and 18-0 in two games called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Manistee was competitive in the early going, but Ludington heated up in the third inning and held a 6-0 advantage. The Orioles tacked on seven more runs in the fourth and the Chippewas were unable to respond.

Abdiel Nunez was on the bump in game one. Manistee head coach Dave Edmondson thought Nunez pitched well but that the defense was unable to make the necessary plays behind him.

“Abdiel Nunez came to us four years ago and he bought his first glove as a freshman,” Edmondson said. “That kid learned how to pitch. I don’t mean just standing up there and throwing strikes — he learned how to pitch to contact. We just didn’t make any plays behind him.

“… It’s fun to watch a kid like that, who bought his first glove as a freshman in high school, come out and actually pitch well,” Edmondson continued. “If we played some defense behind him I think it would have been a different story. I’m not saying we would have won the game, but I think it would have been a lot closer. He kept us in it for the most part.”

The nightcap was more of the same, with the Orioles scoring runs every inning and Manistee unable to answer back. Ludington held a 7-0 lead after three.

Manistee had runners in scoring position at times. Logan Buren doubled in the fourth but was left stranded. Ludington had a 9-0 lead after four innings and scored nine more in the fifth. The Chippewas failed to score and the game was ended via the mercy rule.

“The bats were cold,” Edmondson said. “… We’re just not playing well right now. We have to figure out. And we will.”

Andrew Jackoviak started on the mound in Game 2, with Nunez and Logan Buren pitching in relief.

Manistee’s stats were unavailable at press time.

The Chippewas head to Frankfort on Friday for a doubleheader at 4:15 p.m.

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