131s wins 3 of 4 at tournament
ADRIAN — The 131s fall U-16 travel baseball team won 3 out of 4 at the Sienna Heights University Wood Bat Fall Showcase this past weekend.
In the opener, starter R.J. Kennis received plenty of offensive support as the 131s beat the Midwest Expos 11-1 and Kennis singled in a run to help his own cause. Tyler Frankhouse, Gavin Garmhausen and Travis Moore also added run-scoring hits.
In game two, the 131s received strong pitching from Robin Van Orden to beat the Great Lakes Arsenal 9-2. Andrew Childs singled and doubled, driving in two runs.
They then went on to defeat the Jackson Grays 3-2, behind a 10-strikeout pitching performance by starter Tyler Waslawski. Alex Strickland and Brett Hines drove in key runs in the victory.
In the finale, the 131s fell to the West Michigan Maroons. The 131s finished the fall season at 7-3-1. They open the 2014 season in early June at Western Michigan.
Hounds’ Sanipass goes to NAHL team
TRAVERSE CITY — The second-year Midwest Junior Hockey League has graduated its first players to the North American Hockey League.
The Johnstown Tomahawks have signed Traverse City Hounds forward Garrison Sanipass. He’s expected to make his NAHL debut this weekend when the Tomahawks host the Soo Eagles for three games in Johnstown, Pa.
This season with the Hounds, Sanipass (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) tallied six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, which was second in the MWJHL scoring leaders.
Outlaws 3rd, Toxic Cherries 4th at state
TRAVERSE CITY — Kalkaska’s Small Town Outlaws topped the Traverse City Toxic Cherries 211-150 Sunday to take third place in the statewide, eight-team Mitten Kitten Mash-Up North Roller Derby Tournament at the Kaliseum.
On Saturday, the sixth-seeded Toxic Cherries started their tournament run by upsetting third-seeded Mitten Mavens by a final score of 241-189. On Sunday, the Toxics fell in the semifinals by No. 2 seed Lansing Derby Vixens 261–61.
Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a bout in Marshall against the Southcentral Michigan Renegade Rollergirls on Nov. 16.
Beach Bums add pair of hitters
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums signed outfielder Jeff DeBlieux and catcher Jacob Rhodes.
Both will begin their professional baseball career in Traverse City.
The left-handed hitting DeBleiux graduated from the University of South Alabama, where he hit .323 with three home runs and 37 runs batted in. Mainly batting lead-off, he boasted .389 OBP while leading the team with six steals in eight attempts.
An Ypsilanti native, Rhodes graduated from Murray State University, where he hit for a combined .294 with eight home runs and 67 RBI through two years.