Consistency at the plate helps Hurons in sweep
ROGERS CITY–The ability to consistently put the ball in play has carried the Rogers City baseball team to a lot of wins throughout its history.
This longtime hallmark carried the Hurons to two more on Wednesday after Rogers City defeated Posen 13-3 (five innings) and 4-2 in Rogers City.
The Hurons only struck out six times between the two games and collected 17 runs on 13 hits.
Rogers City wasted little time in the opener, scoring three runs in the home half of the first inning. Austin Cook had the big hit for the Hurons with a two-run single.
Rogers City added six more runs in the second inning as Michael Karsten, Kaleb Budnick (two RBIs) and Cook all had RBI doubles. The Hurons plated two more runs later on after scoring on a passed ball and scoring again on a sac fly from Justin Nowicki.
On the defensive end, the Hurons held Posen in check until the fifth inning, limiting the Vikings to just one hit.
Posen finally broke through in the fifth inning after Lucas Stone laced a two-run double to right field. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, Jared Kamyszek singled to score Stone for Posen’s final run.
Stone led Posen with two hits and an RBI.
Rogers City led 9-0 after three innings and added a run in the fourth inning before closing things out in the fifth inning. The Hurons loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two errors and later scored two runs on two more errors. Rogers City ended the game when Caleb Bade scored Cameron Stretch on a sac fly to initiate the mercy rule.
Karsten had a pair of RBI hits for Rogers City as did Cook. Dillon Cook also finished the game with two hits.
Karsten earned the win for Rogers City, striking out four and allowing one hit. Mark Wisniewski took the loss for Posen.
Both teams were tied 2-2 after four innings in the nightcap, but Rogers City ultimately won the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With two outs, Jaylen Fleming walked to put runners on first and second. A passed ball later put runners on second and third and Bade walked to loaded the bases.
Streich singled to score Rudnick for the go-ahead run and Fleming added Rogers City’s final run on a passed ball.
Rogers City got on the board first after Karsten scored on wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Posen later tied the game in the top of the third inning when Stone flew out to score George Kroll.
The Hurons struck back with a run in the bottom of the third after Fleming scored on a passed ball. Posen tied the game again in the top of the fourth when Wisniewski scored on a passed ball.
Karsten led Rogers City with two hits and Cook and Fleming each had one.
Stone, Wisniewski, Kroll and Chase Dubie each had a hit for Posen.
Budnick earned the win for the Hurons, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits with a walk and no strikeouts in three innings.