FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix punched its ticket in the district semifinals with a 7-5 Division 3 pre-district win Wednesday over Elk Rapids.
The Rayders built a 5-0 lead after four innings before the Elks rallied.
Elk Rapids scored two in the sixth and three with just one out in the seventh before Tommy Zipp struck out the final two batters to end the game. Zipp tossed a complete-game four-hitter with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Nate Moon hit a home run, a double and drove in two runs, while Austin Putman added an RBI double in the sixth. Noah Serta’s sacrifice fly brought in the sixth’s other Charlevoix run, and he drove in one with a single earlier.
The Rayders (25-2) host Harbor Springs at 10 a.m. Saturday in district play.
Gaylord St. Mary 13
Gaylord St. Mary shut out Wolverine in Division 4 pre-district play.
Brendon Nowicki struck out six while tossing a three-hitter without a walk.
Matt Spyhalski and Adam Nowicki had two hits and two runs each, while Jack Lockinski and Brendon Nowicki each added two hits.
The Snowbirds (13-8) advance to play Johannesburg-Lewiston in Saturday’s district at noon after the two split the regular-season matchups.
TC West 10 10
Benzie Central 2 0
Seven different Traverse City West pitchers combined to strike out 24 batters in a 10-2 and 10-0 sweep of Benzie Central in a non-conference district tune-up.
Walt Borkovich, Keegan Kenny, Trent McDougall and Paul Soma tallied 16 strikeouts between them in the opener, giving up only one hit.
Collin Bush and Max Ludka each had two hits and an RBI, McDougall had a pair of hits, Donny Cizek doubled in a run and Jared Roth doubled.
Ludka, Wes Talbot and Roth combined to whiff eight in the four-hit nightcap.
Geordon Carter had three hits, a double and an RBI to lead the offense, while Will Reed drove in three runs on two hits, Dean Simsa and Matt Kirkey each had two hits and an RBI and Borkovich doubled and drove in three.
The Titans (22-4) play Marquette at noon in Saturday’s district in Alpena.
Grayling 7 5
Glen Lake 6 4
Michael Branch went deep twice and had a total of four extra-base hits as Grayling swept a non-conference twinbill from Glen Lake 7-6 and 5-4.
Branch hit a pair of two-run homers in the opener and Justice Juntilla had two hits and a double. Thomas Waning and Curtis Bunek had two hits and two RBIs each for the Lakers, while Riley Scanlon added an RBI single.
In the nightcap, Branch added a pair of doubles.
Tristan Williams had two hits for Glen Lake (23-7), which plays Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s in Saturday’s 10 a.m. district matchup at Traverse City Christian. The Sabres face Suttons Bay at noon.
Frankfort 11 10
Manton 1 2
Frankfort prepared for district action with a doubleheader sweep of Manton.
Kole Hollenbeck, Brennan Flynn and Matt Nugent each had a double among two hits, with R.J. Kennis and Nate Frieswyk adding two hits apiece in the opener. Nolan Nye gave up only five hits in five innings for the win.
Kennis tossed a one-hitter in the nightcap, striking out four. Nye was 4 for 4 with a double and home run and Ken Frieswyk had two hits.
The Panthers (26-5) play Manistee Catholic in Saturday’s 10 a.m. district matchup at Onekama.
Mason Co. Cent. 8 3
Suttons Bay 3 0
Mason County Central swept Suttons Bay in a non-conference doubleheader.
The Norsemen were led in the 8-3 opener by Martin Stowe (2 for 3), Alex Crocker (double) and Jake Kiessel (walk, run), while Jesse Fox and Dylan Grant added hits in the nightcap.
Suttons Bay (20-9-1) plays district host Traverse City Christian at noon Saturday, preceded by Glen Lake against Lake Leelanau St. Mary at 10 a.m.
TC West 10 6
Benzie Central 0 3
Traverse City West swept Benzie Central in preparation for Saturday districts.
The Titans won 10-0 and 6-3.
Molly Longton tossed a two-hitter and struck out four in the opener, helping her cause with three hits of her own, including a double and three RBIs. Amber Brautigam, Angelika Diehl and Kelly O’Hara each had two hits.
In the nightcap, Carley Drzewiecki and Kerri McAdams combined on a one-hitter and struck out 10. Brautigam hit an inside-the-park home run and Laura Krieber had two hits.
TC West (9-18) plays Marquette at 10 a.m. Saturday in Alpena.
Suttons Bay 5 4
Mason Co. Cent. 0 5
Suttons Bay split a non-conference doubleheader with Mason County Central, winning the opener 5-0 on Jane Hursey’s two-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Beedoskah Stonefish and Caylee Patterson drove in runs for the Norse.
In the nightcap, Anna Steed had two hits for Suttons Bay (4-23-1), which plays district host Traverse City Christian at 10 a.m. Saturday. That contest is followed by Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s against Glen lake.
Frankfort 11 8
Manton 5 9
Frankfort split a twinbill with Manton in preparation for Saturday’s districts.
Courtney Bower hit her first home run of the season in the 11-5 opening-game victory, while Keelan Kelly had three hits and Anna Hunt and MacKenna Kelly contributed two hits each. Aleah Hunt tossed a five-hitter.
In the 9-8 nightcap loss, Sophie Nye had three hits, and Bower and Andrea Willsey two each.
The Panthers (20-14) play district host Onekama at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by Bear Lake against Manistee Catholic Central.
East Jordan 0 9
Johannesburg 7 7
East Jordan and Johannesburg-Lewiston split a non-conference doubleheader.
Joburg won the opener 7-0 as Allie Ellis tossed a two-hitter and struck out four. Abby Schlicher, Miranda Kortman and Syndey McKenny each had a double among two hits.
The Red Devils (9-12-1) rebounded for a 9-7 nightcap win as Tori Goodrich notched the win.
Lindsay Schroeder doubled and tripled among three hits, and Goodrich, Val Peters and Kayly Zimmer each had two hits, while Lindsay Graham doubled. McKenny hit a home run for the Cardinals, while Ellis and Schlicher had two more hits each and Ashley May doubled.
TC St. Francis JV 2 11
TC Central JV 6 3
Traverse City St. Francis and Traverse City Central split a junior varsity twinbill.
Central won the opener 6-2 as Emily Jenkins threw a three-hitter and struck out nine. Maddy Dine doubled and Julia Hardy tripled for St. Francis (18-2).
Aly Bradfield gave up only five hits in the Glads’ 11-3 nightcap win. Dine had two hits and two RBIs and Gigi Ward added two hits.
TC Central wins 15 of 16 matches in duals
Traverse City Central won 15 of 16 matches in a pair of duals to prepare for Friday’s Division 1 state finals.
The Trojans topped Traverse City West 7-1 and Cadillac — which qualified for the Division 3 state finals — 8-0.
Paige Cooley won both her matches, losing only two games, while Kelly Milliken dropped just one and Taylor Weckstein didn’t lose a point (Cadillac defaulted to her).
In doubles, Kittie Mast/Elizabeth Pappas, Leah Potter/Katie Raymond, Devon Dotterrer/Abby Palisin and Amelia Pezzetti/Molly Whiting were all 2-0.
The No. 5-ranked Trojans have five flights seeded for Friday’s state finals at Midland. Cooley (28-3) is seeded fifth at No. 1 singles, while Weckstein (27-4) is sixth at No. 4 singles. All three of Cooley’s losses this season are to players seeded either first or second, while Weckstein’s are all to seeds five or higher.
Mast/Pappas (25-6) are the sixth seed at No. 1 doubles, while Dotterrer/Palisin (28-3) and Pezzetti/Whiting (30-1) are both seeded seventh at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles, respectively.
TC Central JV wins Big North title
The Traverse City Central Black won the Big North Conference junior varsity tournament, winning six of eight flights in the process.
The Trojans had first-place efforts from Abbey Kaufman and Angela Amalfitano in singles and from all four doubles pairs — Aleksa Szunko/Hannah Simmons, Kayla Hilner/Caroline Gardner, Shannon Weaver/Kaitlyn McLintock and Molly Smith/Katie Stanton.
Cadillac was second and TC West third.
The TC Central JV Gold had runner-up finishes from the doubles teams of Annika Linvedt/Melissa Lance and Aubrey Krueger/Ashley Hulet.
— Compiled by James Cook