Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 10, 2014

Lakers, Trojans set for quarters

TRAVERSE CITY — Glen Lake allowed two runs in winning the Division 4 baseball regional at Frankfort last weekend.

Central Lake was even better, surrendering just one run in capturing Frankfort’s Division 4 softball regional.

Those two teams will call on their aces, Thomas Waning and Alexis Carpenter, again today in the quarterfinals at Traverse City West.

Glen Lake (31-2-1) faces Norway (13-8) while Central Lake takes on Rogers City (31-6). Both games start at 3 p.m.

Norway knocked off Rudyard 5-3 to win the regional at Rogers City.

“They play some good competition — Escanaba, Gladstone — so their record is deceiving,” Lakers coach Kris Herman said.

“At this time of year, a team catches fire and they become extremely dangerous to play. You see that year after year. I think Norway falls into that category.”

Waning will bring an 11-1 record into the contest. The lefthander, who will attend Xavier in the fall, has struck out a school record 165 batters while allowing just 22 walks.

“He hasn’t had a game yet where he’s been under 11 strikeouts,” Herman said.

The Lakers have provided him — and Zach Cooper, who is 13-0 — with ample offense. Catcher Trevor Apsey, who bats third, leads the team with a .518 average. First baseman Austin Odziana, the cleanup hitter, is at .423 while third baseman Travis Moore, who hits fifth, is at .494 with a team-high 42 RBIs. Shortstop Tristan Williams sets the table as a .443 hitter in the leadoff spot.

Herman said Glen Lake will be without centerfielder Riley Scanlon, who was injured in the regional.

The Lakers lost in the semifinals last year, but Herman believes that playoff pressure experience has benefited his team.

“I thought last year we had a hard time controlling nerves,” he said. “This year there’s a greater sense of calm.”

Herman said he’s been pleased with his squad’s ability “to stay in the moment.”

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