MAPLE CITY — Glen Lake survived a late rally by Frankfort on Saturday afternoon to capture a Division IV regional baseball title — its first since 2001.
The Lakers built an 8-0 lead after three innings and then held on for an 8-6 win.
“We’re trying to treat it as all business right now,” Lakers coach Kris Herman said. “We’ll celebrate when it’s all done.”
Glen Lake (27-7) will face Atlanta in a quarterfinal Tuesday at Traverse City West.
Atlanta defeated Norway, 2-1, in the regional championship game Saturday at Sault Ste. Marie. The Huskies advanced to the regional final with a 3-0 win over Onaway.
Trevor Apsey and Thomas Waning drove in five of Glen Lake’s runs in the championship game. Apsey contributed a single, double and three RBIs. Waning belted a two-run homer. Tristan Williams also chipped in two hits.
Frankfort cut the 8-0 deficit to 8-4 in the fifth and then added two more in the seventh. The Panthers had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh before Waning, who came on in relief in the fifth, induced a grounder to end the game.
Owen Stratton, Ken Frieswyk and Nate Frieswyk had two hits apiece for Frankfort. Nolan Nye took the loss.
Glen Lake scored five runs in the top of the sixth to edge Mancelona 5-3 in its opener. Waning earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out 11.
Austin Odziana paced the Lakers with three hits. Travis Moore contributed two. Apsey, Odziana and Moore ignited the sixth-inning uprising with hits.
Cody Derrer led Mancelona with two hits.
Frankfort advanced to the title game with a 9-0 win over Marion. For the Panthers, Brennan Flynn singled and doubled, while Nye, Kyle Kidder, Isaac McKinnon and R.J. Kennis added two hits apiece. Kennis fired a two-hitter for the win, striking out nine.