From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Traverse City West posted a pair of convincing wins to win a Division 1 baseball district title on Saturday.
The Titans (24-4) beat Marquette 14-0 in the semifinals and Alpena 10-2 in the championship game.
Walter Borkovich threw a four-hitter with six strikeouts in get the win in the finals. Collin Bush and Max Ludka each had two hits and drove in a total of three runs to lead the West offense.
In the first game of the day West had a huge showing at the plate. Donny Cizek, Will Reed, Bush, Borkovich, Geordan Carter, Keegan Kenny and Jared Roth each collected two hits. Reed, Kenny and Trent MacDougall each drove in three runs. Bush added two RBIs.
Ludka and Wes Talbot combined on a two-hitter with five strikeouts.
Alpena got to the championship game after eliminating TC Central 15-2.
The Trojans (9-14) had two hits and an RBI from Ethan Pilarski and an RBI hit from Jansen Shea.
West advances to next week's regional at Saginaw Valley State against Bay City Western.
Glen Lake wins Division 4 district title
Travis Moore's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth scored Trevor Apsey and allowed Glen Lake to beat Suttons Bay 4-3 in a Division 4 baseball district championship game.
The final was a pitchers duel between Glen Lake's Thomas Waning and Suttons Bay's Jake Kiessel.
Waning allowed three hits and struck out 12. Kiessel struck out nine, walked three and allowed only two hits. Tristan Williams and Riley Scanlon each had RBIs for the Lakers (25-7), who host next Saturday's regional against the winner of the Central Lake district.
For Suttons Bay on offense in the final, Aaron Orban had two hits and two RBIs. Kiessel added a hit.
Glen Lake cruised to a 9-2 win over Lake Leelanau St. Mary in the semis. Zach Cooper scattered five hits, walked one and fanned four. Waning hit a three-run homer and Dale Pleva added a two-run homer. Austin Odziana had a double among his two hits and two RBIs. Scanlon had two hits as well.
Suttons Bay had to overcome an 8-0 deficit against TC Christian in the semifinals to advance.
Zach Rice had a double and a grand slam to lead Suttons Bay (21-10-1). Robby Walter went 3-for-4, Logan Mikesell was 3-for-5 and Kiessel went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Mikesell was the winning pitcher in relief of Martin Stowe.
Panthers win sixth straight district crown
Nolan Nye earned a complete-game victory and a dramatic save Saturday in leading the Frankfort High School baseball team to its sixth consecutive Division IV district championship.
Nye came on with two on and none out in the seventh inning and saved a 5-2 victory in the championship game over host Onekama. He struck out nine in tossing a complete game three-hit shutout in a 7-0 semifinal victory over Manistee Catholic Central.
Onekama advanced to the title game with a 3-2 win over Brethren.
The Panthers, 28-5, will play in the regional on Saturday, June 8, at Glen Lake.
Isaac McKinnon hit his first career homer and Nate Frieswyk and Cole Hollenbeck added two hits apiece to lead Frankfort at the plate in the title game.
Kenny Frieswyk had an RBI single and Brennan Flynn drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the first inning, staking the Panthers to a 2-0 lead.
Nye relieved starter R.J. Kennis with two on and none out in the seventh. Nye surrendered a single to load the bases, then pitched out of the jam. Kennis struck out seven and allowed five hits over six innings.
In the semifinal win over Manistee Catholic Central, the Panthers were limited to just one hit – McKinnon’s fifth-inning infield single – until the sixth, when they broke through for all seven of their runs.
Kyle Kidder highlighted the outburst with a two-run homer, while Kennis had a two-run single, and Matt Nugent drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Rayders end long district drought
Tommy Zipp delivered a critical bases-loaded double on Saturday, sparking Charlevoix to its first district baseball championship since 1988.
Zipp’s two-out double in the top of the seventh inning helped the Rayders rally from a 5-3 deficit en route to a 9-5 semifinal victory over Harbor Springs. No such dramatics were needed in the title game, during which Charlevoix built a 10-1 lead after three innings en route to a 12-6 victory over East Jordan.
Charlevoix, which earlier this season won its first league championship since 1982, advances to the regional on Saturday, June 8, at St. Francis. The Rayders are 27-2, a school record for victories, and are ranked ninth in the Division III state coaches poll.
Will Telgenhof finished with two hits in Charlevoix’s victory over Harbor. Zipp struck out five and allowed seven hits for the victory.
Shane Sutherland struck out nine and scattered 11 hits for the victory in the title game. The Rayders staked him to a 10-1 lead after three innings. Nate Moon struck out the side in the seventh inning to finish it off.
Telgenhof and Noah Certa had two hits apiece and Austin Putman tripled to lead Charlevoix at the plate. Certa scored four runs, while Telgenhof drove in two.
Grayling knocks off Benzie in semis
Grayling used four straight singles and a hit batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to beat Benzie Central 6-5 in a Division 3 baseball district semifinal.
Benzie (17-12) had taken a one-run lead in the top of the seventh after a double by Nick McGirr, followed by an RBI hit from Ken Kocevar.
Grayling led 4-0 in the second inning, but Benzie battled back to tie the game with a four-run fourth inning.
Zach Perry took the loss for the Huskies, going 6.1 innings, striking out five and walking two. Austin Ross added a double for the Huskies, with Evan Witkop and Jesse Desroche also collecting hits.
Grayling faced Kalkaska in the district final, but no further information was available.