FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — 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.
Frankfort had won five consecutive regional titles.
West drops openerto Bay City Western
Lefthander Brett Adcock pitched a four-hitter, striking out 14, as Bay City Western blanked Traverse City West 8-0 in a Division 1 regional opener at Saginaw Valley State University.
The top-ranked Warriors (39-2) went on to beat Grand Blanc 10-2 in the championship game.
Adcock, who is bound for the University of Michigan, improved to 11-0 in the win over West. He was staked to a 2-0 lead in the first as Western capitalized on a hit batter, two Titan errors and a single. The Warriors added a solo run in the fifth and then erupted for five in the seventh.
West ace Walt Borkovich, who is headed to Michigan State, took the loss. He allowed seven hits in 6.2 innings. Borkovich (8-2) struck out six.
The Titans had an opportunity in the third, loading the bases with one out. But Adcock struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
“We ran into a very strong pitcher,” West coach Matt Bocian said. “And, we did not execute.”
Will Reed had two of West’s four hits. Max Ludka and Keegan Kenny also had hits.
The Titans finished 24-5.
“We have nothing to hang our heads about,” Bocian said.
Bay City Western set a school record for wins in a season with the regional sweep. The Warriors have won 32 games in a row.
Zipp, Rayders lose pitching battle
Tyler Jandron surrendered a run on three hits in the first inning and then settled in as Negaunee beat Charlevoix 2-1 in a Division III baseball regional opener at St. Elizabeth Seton.
The Rayders took the early 1-0 lead on singles by Nate Moon, Shane Sutherland and J.J. Bottomley.
Negaunee came back in the bottom of the first to score its two runs off Tommy Zipp on a single by Tyler LaJoie, a triple by Jandron and an error.
That was the last of the scoring. Jandron retired 15 batters in a row during one stretch. He finished with 11 strikeouts.
“He was tough,” Charlevoix coach Allen Telgenhof said. “You know the pitching is going to get tougher the deeper you go (in the tournament).”
The Rayders had the tying run on third with two out in the seventh, but Jandron pitched out of the jam.
Zipp gave up seven hits in his six-inning stint. He struck out three.
Charlevoix, which brings its nucleus back next season, finished 27-3.
Whittemore-Prescott, which beat Kalkaska 6-4 in its opener Saturday, claimed the championship with a 7-2 win over Negaunee.
The Cardinals face Clare in a Tuesday quarterfinal at Traverse City West. Game time is at 3 p.m.
Clare (22-4) won the regional at Pinconning, 6-5, over Sanford Meridian.
Chiefs fall in final
Remus Chippewa Hills defeated Cheboygan, 3-1, to win the regional at Cadillac. The Chiefs topped Gladwin, 4-0, in their opener.