ALPENA — Traverse City West clinched the Big North Conference championship with a Friday sweep of Alpena, marking the first time in school history the Titans have put up an undefeated BNC baseball slate.
Alpena was the only team that could catch West, coming in with a 9-1 BNC mark.
Walk Borkovich’s three-hit 2-0 shutout in the opener clinched the league crown. Trent McDougall had two hits and an RBI.
Freshman Keegan Kenny fanned seven in 4.2 innings of relief work to earn the nightcap win to sealed a 12-0 Big North record.
The Titans were led offensively by Will Reed (two hits, double, two RBIs), Donny Cizek (two hits), Geordon Carter (two hits, RBI), Max Ludka (two hits, RBI), McDougall (double, RBI) and Kenny (two RBIs)
West (20-4) travels Tuesday to Big Rapids for a non-conference twinbill before districts.
Frankfort 7 15
Brethren 3 1
Frankfort earned a share of the Northwest Conference championship without even playing a NWC game Friday.
By virtue of Glen Lake and Suttons Bay splitting a league doubleheader, the Panthers (24-5, 9-3 NWC) end up in a tie atop the conference standings with Benzie Central.
Frankfort swept Brethren 7-3 and 15-1 in non-conference action.
Kyle Kidder’s two-run double led the Panthers in the opener, with Kyle Frieswyk adding a double and Nolan Nye striking out three in four innings and adding a double.
R.J. Kennis fanned seven in a four-inning one-hitter, while Brennan Flynn and Frieswyk each were 3 for 3 and Nate Frieswyk had a 2 for 3 game.
Frankfort travels Wednesday to Manton.
Glen Lake 1 8
Suttons Bay 2 4
Glen Lake and Suttons Bay split a Northwest Conference doubleheader that determined the league championship.
Either team could propel themselves into the title mix with a sweep. Instead, the split put the Norsemen (20-7-1, 8-3-1 NWC) in third and the Lakers (23-5, 8-4) fourth.
Suttons Bay won the opener 2-1 as Jake Kiessel struck out nine. Alex Crocker drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded RBI single in the seventh and finished 2 for 2 with a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Logan Mikesell was 2 for 2 with a double and walked twice and Aaron Orban had an RBI single. Thomas Waning struck out 10 for Glen Lake, and Trevor Apsey had a double among two hits.
Glen Lake rallied to win the nightcap 8-4 as Zach Cooper was the winning pitcher and drove in three runs. Austin Odziana had four hits, and Waning and Travis Moore two each. Mikesell was 2 for 3 and Crocker drove in a run.
Mancelona 11 14
Central Lake 2 4
Mancelona kept itself in the Ski Valley Conference title hunt with an 11-2 and 14-4 sweep of Central Lake.
The Ironmen (12-2 SVC) are tied with Onaway atop the league.
Kyle Schepperley struck out eight and surrendered five hits in the opener. Cole VanWagner, Logan Borst and Nick Balhorn each had two hits and scored two runs, with VanWagner driving in a run, Borst three and Balhorn two.
In the nightcap, Kody Pinney struck out four in two innings of relief work to notch the win. The Ironmen were again led offensively by Balhorn (3 for 3, four runs, two RBIs), VanWagner (2 for 3, three runs, four steals, two RBIs) and Borst (2 for 4, two steals, run, RBI).
Mancelona (15-5) travels to Boyne City on Tuesday before finishing up a pair of SVC contests at home Wednesday. The Ironmen lead Forest Area 8-5 and trail Bellaire 6-4 in the two games that each have two innings remaining.
Charlevoix 10 8
Kalkaska 4 1
Charlevoix swept a Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader from Kalkaska to establish a school record for wins in a season and finish the league slate undefeated.
The Rayders clinched the league crown Wednesday when Traverse City St. Francis forfeited a game due to not having enough players to finish the season.
Friday’s sweep by scores of 10-4 and 8-1 puts Charlevoix at 24-2 heading into districts, which the Rayders host against Elk Rapids on Tuesday.
Tag McCreadie had two hits and two RBIs in the opener, while Shane Sutherland struck out seven in five innings.
Tommy Zipp struck out five in four innings in the nightcap, adding two hits of his own. Nate Moon had three extra-base hits — two doubles and a triples — while Noah Serta and McCreadie added two hits each.
TC St. Francis 5 5
Grayling 3 2
Bailey Johnson had five hits as Traverse City St. Francis swept Grayling by scores of 5-3 and 5-2 in Lake Michigan Conference play.
Johnson had three hits, a double and two RBIs in the opener in support of Gabby Morgan, who struck out six and scattered five hits. Other top contributors were Kelsey Kundsen (two runs), Megan Knudsen (two hits, two runs, RBI), Bridget Bussell (two hits, RBI), Haley Bussell (two hits, RBI), Kirstin Colmus (two hits) and Olivia Hardy (three hits).
Johnson had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning of the nightcap and struck out seven, ending with a two-hitter. She added two more hits of her own, including a double and an RBI.
Bridget Bussell belted a three-run home run, Kelsey Knudsen had two hits and an RBI and Megan Knudsen scored two runs.
The Gladiators (16-9, 11-3 LMC) host Glen Lake on Tuesday and Cadillac on Thursday.
Frankfort 14 22
Brethren 4 0
Frankfort scored 36 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Brethren, the same team it will face in the opening round of districts.
The Panthers won 14-4 and 22-0. Sophie Nye hit a home run in each contest.
Aleah Hunt was the opener’s winner and also had three hits. Nye belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning, Keelan Kelly had three hits, Courtney Bower two and Andrea Willsey doubled.
Nye homered again in the nightcap, while Kelly had three hits, Sammy Bower tripled and Kolby Spencley earned the win.
The Panthers (18-13) play the Bobcats in pre-district action Tuesday in Frankfort.
Glen Lake 6 8
Suttons Bay 4 7
Glen Lake swept a tight Northwest Conference twinbill with Suttons Bay to get to .500 in league play.
The Lakers (14-15, 6-6 NWC) won 6-4 and 8-7.
Jessica Penny struck out seven to earn the opening-game win and Madison Hill picked up a save. Lexi Wright had two hits, and Hannah Schweikart drove in three runs and scored two. Caylee Pattison hit a hoem run among her two hits for the Norse, while Kendall Schaub had two hits and Jane Hursey struck out eight.
Taylor Galla earned the nightcap win in relief and added two hits, while Penny had three hits, two doubles and two RBIs. Wright added two hits and Skylar Gleason crossed home plate twice. Hannah Steed had two hits for Suttons Bay and Hursey fanned six more.
Manton 14 14
Forest Area 1 2
Jurrica Stanley and Nicole Farrell earned wins as Manton swept Forest Area 14-1 and 14-2 in non-conference play.
For the Warriors, Kourtni Birgy had an RBI triple in the opener and added three hits, a double, a triple and two RBIs in the nightcap to drive in all of Forest Area’s runs.
Mancelona 4 2
Central Lake 2 4
Central Lake and Mancelona split a Ski Valley Conference doubleheader, with each winning a 4-2 decision.
Kallie Derrer was the winning pitcher for the Ironmen in the opener, while Alexis Carpenter struck out 10 for the Trojans and Lauren Rogers was 2 for 4.
Carpenter struck out 11 in the one-hit nightcap win and added two hits — including a two-run homer — at the plate for Central Lake (12-10, 7-9 SVC).
TC St. Francis JV 12 12
Benzie Cent. JV 2 6
Aly Bradfield had a 7 for 8 night to lead the Traverse City St. Francis junior varsity to a 12-2 and 12-6 sweep of Benzie Central.
Bradfield had three hits, three RBIs, a double and a triple in the opener as Lauren Cvengros struck out seven in a one-hitter. Maddy Dine added a 3 for 4 game for the Gladiators (17-1).
Bradfield added a 4 for 4 game with three runs and was the winning pitcher in the nightcap. Dine and Gigi Ward had two hits each.
Burt Lake NMCA 0
Lydia Gulow scored a hat trick as Leland shut out Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian 5-0 in non-conference action.
Gulow added an assist, while Whitney Schaub and Libby Munoz also scored goals and Andrea Hunt made 10 saves for her third straight shutout.
The Comets end the season 17-4 and host East Jordan in districts Tuesday. Leland topped the Red Devils 8-0 Thursday.
Suttons Bay 3
TC Bulldogs 0
Suttons Bay finished the regular season on a wining note, posting a 3-0 shutout of the Traverse City Bulldogs.
Mikayla Konopka made four saves to earn the shutout.
Rachel Pasche was in on all three goals, scoring the first of the game and assisting on both of Hannah Weber’s second-half scores. Emily Beyer also had an assist.
The Norse (4-10-4) host Harbor Springs in districts Tuesday.
TC Central JV 2
Kingsley varsity 1
Jennifer Rose scored two goals to lead Traverse City Central’s junior varsity to a 2-1 win over the Kingsley varsity.
Carrie Ferguson and Julianna Chang added assists and Carrie Wynkoop made four saves for the Trojans, who started the season 1-6-1 and closed with a 7-1-1 finish.
Ally Clark scored for Kingsley (3-5-4), and Kasey Hayes made seven saves.
— Compiled by James Cook