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Hurons earn first 2 wins with sweep

April 17, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

HILLMAN-The first win was for the coach.

The second win was for the team.

The Rogers City baseball team broke a three-game losing streak and earned its first two wins of the season, sweeping Hillman 6-5 and 4-3 in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

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Rogers City’s Chris Peacock throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday at Hillman High School.

Chris Peacock led the Hurons (2-3) in the opener, pitching six innings while allowing seven hits and striking out nine. He was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.

The wins gave Wayne Karsten his first victories as Rogers City's coach.

"It felt really good," Karsten said. "The kids got one for the coach and then were able to have more fun and loosen up in the second game."

Kyle Henigan took the loss for the Tigers, pitching four innings, walking three and striking out three. Dylan Ross pitched two innings in relief.

Ty Jones scored two runs and walked three times; Jordon VanPamel was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI; and Michael Klein was 2-for-3.

The Tigers (3-7) got a rally going in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting multiple runners on base, but couldn't get the tying or winning runs home.

"That's been the story of our early season. We're playing really good teams, playing them close and playing them hard," Hillman coach Rick Firman said. "It's good to see the kids we have playing close games."

Paul Wilbert was the winning pitcher in the second game, throwing a complete game while allowing seven hits and one walk. He also struck out four.

Peacock led the Hurons at the plate again, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Evan Lamb was 2-for-4.

Caleb Zimmer took the loss, throwing 4 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking four.

Ty Jones was 1-for-2 and scored two runs and VanPamel and David Julka each had two hits.

Hillman plays Thursday at Fairview while Rogers City travels to Petoskey.



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