Massive Rapids splits home doubleheader with Traverse City West
BIG RAPIDS – Big Rapids had lost three games in a row over the weekend but bounced back on Saturday with perhaps the Cardinals’ greatest effort of the season.
Big Rapids took a 6-0 lead over Traverse City West in the first inning and scored a 12-8 win in the non-league.
The Cardinals were swept in Petoskey on Friday and lost 1: 13 at home to TC West on Saturday.
After four innings, Big Rapids built a 9-0 lead in the second game. The visitors rallied for four runs on top of fifth and four more in sixth to score 9-8.
At the end of sixth place, Keaton and Sawyer Meeuwes opened with Singles and advanced on an obstacle. Knuth put down a suicide squeeze bunt and Ballard was safe when the catcher dropped the ball. Eric Standen and Mo Camphor followed with successive sacrificial flies.
The victorious pitcher Ben Knuth threw himself out of a jam laden with bases in the third inning.
Austin Vennix came in seventh place as a relief and was eliminated in a forceout, strikeout and flyout against TC West.
Big Rapids’ Ben Knuth delivers a pitch against Traverse City West on Saturday. (Pioneer Photo / John Raffel)
“The first game was pretty rough,” said Xavier Prince. “We weren’t there as a team. In the second game we came into play as a team. We ended it with a win. “
In the first game, Camphor took the loss. Meeuwes had two hits while Nathan Bird had one hit, RBI and Walk and Camphor had one hit.
In the second game, Kidder had three hits and one run Vennix scored one hit and two runs. Ballard had two hits, two RBIs and three runs, Meeuwes two hits and two runs and an RBI. Knuth had two hits and one run plus three RBIs.
“It was a great competition in Traverse City West,” said Big Rapids manager Sam Daugherty. “We were lucky enough to win the second game. The boys grounded it all day. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they play now. They run on and off the field, down the baselines. They are hectic and do not take up any parking spaces.
“Everyone contributes. There were two great pitching appearances by Mo Camphor and Ben Knuth today. “
Knuth was the winner. He went five innings and allowed five runs with seven hits. Vennix got the save.
“I felt really good in the second game,” said Knuth. “The first four innings went well. But we came back. “
TC West is 15-8. Wyatt Danilowicz, who worked with Louisville, threw the first game.
“We came out and started the day pretty well,” said TC West coach Matt Bocian. “Many people have been put into situations from which we can learn.”
Big Rapids are at home with Sparta on Monday and at home against Newaygo on Tuesday.
Chippewa Hills 0-2
The Warriors had 17 goals, but lost in their first game on a Saturday 10: 9 against Holton. Megan Perkins and Brynn Shaw had three hits apiece. Makayla Farrell was the loser.
The Warriors lost 6-4 to Tri County. Perkins got two hits. Blanzy was the loser.