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.