Big Rapids baseball team earns sweep

Big Rapids’ Connor Vennix slides into home plate but is tagged out.

BIG RAPIDS — Defensive miscues continue to plague the Big Rapids baseball team, which remained undefeated in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division with 12-2 and 13-10 wins over Fremont on Saturday.

The first game had been suspended last month because of the weather in the fifth inning with Big Rapids ahead 8-2. Both games were played at Win Kellum Field.

In the first game, John Yonker wound up as the winning pitcher, going the first five innings and giving up four hits while striking out three.

Adam Frisbie finished up and didn’t allow a hit.

For the Cardinals, Braeden Childress had four hits including three doubles and two RBIs and scored three runs. Connor Kinnally had two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored, Jackson Lund added two hits and scored two runs and Aaron Repke had two hits and three RBIs. Connor Vennix had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Yonker picked up the win in relief in the second game and is 5-0. Lund went the first three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Yonker pitched the final four innings and had three strikeouts.

“In very simple terms, the first game of the doubleheader we finished, we played excellent ball, error-free ball,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “Pitching was good, hitting was good.”

Big Rapids entered the fifth inning trailing 9-6 , but scored seven runs to take control of the game. Repke had two hits and three runs scored. Vennix had two hits, a run scored and an RBI, Elliott Blair had three hits, a run scored and two RBIs, Kinnally had three hits, a run scored and an RBI, Childress had a double and two RBIs, Jace Gray had two hits and two runs scored and Jayden Mason had a double, RBI and run scored.

“We knew coming into today we had a lead in the first game,” Lund said. “So we took care of that game. We came into the second game and were sleeping a little bit from that first game. The fourth and fifth innings we woke up and played like we should have all day.”

“The second game is what I would call an ugly game,” Daugherty said. “Our Achilles heel continues to be our defensive play. It’s something we’ll work on. Our hitting continues to bail us out on a regular basis.”

Big Rapids is 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the league.

“The bottom line is we’re very fortunate to be undefeated in the conference and we have to make significant improvements with our defense,” Daugherty said. “In the second game, I’ll give the guys a lot of credit for not quitting and fighting their way back.”

The Cardinals host Central Montcalm on Tuesday in an CSAA Gold doubleheader.

 

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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