BATTLE CREEK — For four innings, Glen Lake played with fire.
Then, the roof caved in, and it spelled the end of the Lakers’ best baseball season in more than a decade.
Beal City took advantage of Glen Lake’s wildness and sloppiness Friday in downing the Lakers 15-0 in a Division 4 state semifinal game at C.O. Brown Stadium.
The Aggies, 35-2 and ranked third in the state coaches poll, will play Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (30-4) today in the title game. Liggett defeated New Lothrop 1-0 in Friday’s other state semifinal.
Glen Lake, which was ranked 12th, finished 28-8.
The Lakers trailed 1-0 through four innings, and managed to stop Beal City threats in each of the first four frames. The Aggies put a runner at least as far as second base in each of the first four innings, but Glen Lake slipped off the hook each time with a timely strikeout or defensive play.
Then, in the top of the fifth, the damn burst.
Beal City took advantage of four walks, two hits (one of which was a blooper over Glen Lake’s drawn-in infield), a costly error, and a hit batsman in sending 10 men to the plate in scoring five runs to extends its advantage to 6-0.
The Aggies sent 14 to the plate in the sixth, using four more walks, another hit batsman, another error, and three hits to tack on nine more runs.
“I think more than anything it was just a lot of mistakes that we did to ourselves, which would have been the last thing that I would have expected,” Glen Lake coach Kris Herman said. “We came in here with a definite plan and we were following it and it was working well, but that’s the game. I would have never seen any of that coming, but it is what it is.