Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

June 14, 2014

Lakers fall in semifinals

EAST LANSING — Austin Odziana’s seventh-inning shot sailed a foot out of bounds.

It was Glen Lake’s best and last chance to get back into its Division 4 baseball semifinal.

The No. 3-ranked Lakers (32-3-1) fell 3-1 to New Lothrup (33-6) at Michigan State’s McLane Stadium.

In Glen Lake’s final at-bat, Odziana came to the plate with Tristan Williams and Thomas Waning on base and two outs. He belted a line drive down the left-field line that landed just foul.

Instead of possible game-tying hit, it was over a pitch later.

“Not many people hit it very solid off of Grant (Steinborn),” said New Lothrup outfielder Quentin Taylor, who had a pair of doubles and figured into all three Hornets runs. “And when that kid did it, I was a little nervous. I was scared. And then he struck him out and I was really happy.”

Glen Lake coach Kris Herman was trying to will the ball into staying fair.

“I was ready to sell off body parts,” Herman said.

“The baseball gods were looking out for us a little bit today, so we’ll take it,” Hornets coach Keith Villano said.

Taylor had two of New Lothrup’s three hits off Thomas Waning. Glen Lake had twice as many hits off Cameron Pope.

“It wasn’t anything we did or didn’t do as far as mistakes,” Herman said. “At the end of it, they got two big hits when they needed two big hits and we couldn’t get those hits when we needed to have them. We had runners at second and bases loaded and couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity when the opportunity was presented to us.”

Williams, who reached base in all four plate appearances, scored the Lakers’ only run. He singled in the fourth inning and came home on Trevor Apsey’s RBI double.

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