Quad City Storm has big weekend

BIG RAPIDS — The Quad City Storm 18U baseball team was 1-1 last week in a tournament at Portland.

Quad City won the first game 12-0 in 3 1/2 innings.

“Allan Scheuer pitched a great game, giving up two hits and having one strikeout,” coach David Yonker said. “Offensively, Billy Conklin, Allan Scheuer and Elliott Blair had two hits apiece where Jace Gray, Jake Delong, Payton Hansen, Kyle Ososki and Trevor Underhill each had one hit.”

“Our second game was against the Broncos and we lost 11-2. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead after two innings but we slowed down their offense and scored a couple runs to extend the game. Billy Conklin took the loss on the mound and Kyle Ososki relieved him. The Broncos pitcher did a great job against us allowing only two hits, one each to Jace Gray and Trevor Underhill.”

All games were rained out on Sunday.

“For our first games of the season, I thought we did some things well,” Yonker said. “We hit very well in game one but then made some mental errors in game two that cost us and put the game out of reach. Overall I like the prospects for this team and look forward to a very competitive summer.”

SOFTBALL

The Quad City Storm 18U softball team went 1-2 this past weekend at the Traverse City Waves Northern Classic.

The Storm team consists of players from Big Rapids, Morley Stanwood, Lakeview and Marion.

Kelby Strpko and Teagan Cox led the storm in hitting. Strpko was 3-for-3 for the weekend and Cox had a bases loaded triple in the third game.

“We were led on the mound by Strpko and McKenna Bennett, with some great defense by Olivia Teceno and Annah Folkema,” coach Sheri Strpko said. “Allie Larsen turned in a strong performance at shortstop.”

Strpko said the Storm will play in four college showcase tournaments this summer with two in Grand Rapids, one in Grand Blanc and one in Holland.

“We have some great talent, it’s just going to take some time to put it together,” Strpko said. “The girls are working hard and although we lost two games in Traverse City, we still had a number of successes on the field.”

The 18U Storm is coached by Strpko and assisted by Jess VanTroostenberghe, Jeremy Gray and Chris Teceno.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

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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