BOYNE CITY — Without having played a game until late last week, the Boyne City baseball team has some making up to do.
That continued on Saturday for the Ramblers, when they hosted their annual Boyne City Invitational and made up for lost time with a trio of wins and overall tourney victory.
Boyne City earned wins over Marquette, Gaylord and Rogers City to claim the top honor for the weekend, with strong pitching performances guiding the Ramblers throughout the day.
In a 6-4 opening game against Marquette, Aaron Bess and Zach Hardy combined to toss a no-hitter, with Bess going six innings with 17 strikeouts. Hardy then came in for an inning and struck out two.
Mason Wilcox had a 3-for-5 game with two RBIs, Kaden Jewett went 2-for-3 with a double, Michael Deming had an RBI double and Bess also tripled. Gavin Hewitt also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Boyne City then met Gaylord – who they earned a season-opening split with on Thursday – and picked up a compete game on the mound from Deming in a 15-5 win.
Deming went six innings with seven hits and a walk issued, while striking out three. He needed just 73 pitches to reach the sixth.
Jacob Bush finished with a single, double and three RBIs, Hewitt and Jewett each went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Jewett also tripled.
Jack Neer added a double and Bobby Hoth had an RBI single. Bess also singled, scored three runs and stole three bags.
Boyne City later capped the day and tournament with a 14-5 win over Rogers City, aided by a 12-run third inning.
Sean Little earned the win with a solid five innings that included three hits and four walks allowed, along with eight strikeouts. None of the runs came earned.
Bush doubled twice and had two RBIs at the plate, Deming singled twice and had three RBIs, Wilcox singled twice and drove in three runs and Jewett doubled and had two RBIs.
Boyne City returns to action this Thursday, April 29 when they head to Harbor Springs for a Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader.
Harbor Springs’ Schwab sets record
MANCELONA — The longest standing school track and field record at Harbor Springs High School fell late last week in Mancelona.
Harbor Springs’ Evan Schwab set a new mark in the long jump, breaking a 50-year old record set in 1971 by Marshall Corey.
Schwab jumped 20-feet, 10-inches, which broke the previous record of 20-feet, 9 3/4 inches. Schwab was also third in the 200 meter dash on the day (24.21).
Petoskey, Charlevoix, Pellston and Petoskey St. Michael also took part in the Friday meet.
Charlevoix’s Sam Peterson was first in the 1600 (4:35.06) and second in the 800 (2:06.16), John Sauer of Charlevoix was second in the 400 (55.37) and Petoskey’s CJ Hibbler was second in the 200 (23.96).
Hammond Law of St. Michael took third in both the 800 (2:10.92) and 1600 (4:48.36).
Cooper Rokop of Petoskey also placed second in the 3200 (10:30.35) and Harbor Springs’ Matthew Whitfield won the 300 hurdles (46.93).
The Harbor Springs relay team of Schwab, Lance Smar, Cal Benjamin and Jordan Bussey also earned a win in the 1600 relay (3:47.38).
Jacob Mueller of Charlevoix was second in the discus (130’4.5”) and Pellston’s David Jamroz was second in the Pole Vault (11’6”).
In the girls race on Thursday, Petoskey’s Emma Squires earned first in the 400 (1:01.04) and 800 (2:26.25), Caroline Farley was first in the 1600 (5:30.53) for Petoskey and Noel VanderWall was first in the 3200 (11:21.86).
Harbor Springs’ Maye Burns, Jordan Drayer, Katelyn Drayer and Claire Ranney won the 1600 relay (4:37.30) and Petoskey’s VanderWall, Farley, Sarah Liederbach and Nora O’Leary won the 3200 rely (10:37.90).
Boyne City at Bulldog Invite
INDIAN RIVER — Boyne City’s track and field team headed to the Bulldog Invite hosted by Inland Lakes, with sophomore Ava Maginity earning a win in the 1600 meter run in 5 minutes, 56.93 seconds.
Maginity also placed second in the 400 (1:04.67) with a new personal best time.
Boyne’s Grace Dawson was second in the 800 (2:59.38) and also placed third in the high jump (4’6.25”).
Madison Matthews of Boyne City was also second in the long jump (13’6.75”).
On the boys side, Bobby Hoth won the long jump (18’1.75”) and he placed second in the 100 (12.13).
Hoth was also a part of the 400 meter winning relay (48.73) team for Boyne City, along with Kaden Jewett, Philip Banner and Jayden Hang.
Brayton Ager also placed second in the discus (97’3”).
TRAVERSE CITY — Both Petoskey and Charlevoix took part in the Traverse City Tee Off at Crystal Mountain between Friday and Saturday.
Petoskey finished the two days with a 708 total within the Division 1-2 competition, while Charlevoix shot 682 in the Division 3-4 event, second best.
TC Central led overall with a 632 and TC West was second with a 647.
Charlevoix was led by Jake Beaudoin with a 152 two-day total, Sam Pletcher shot 169, Hudson Vollmer finished with a 180 and Jack Gaffney, 183.
“I thought we played really well. I was really proud of the kids,” Charlevoix coach Doug Drenth said. “For five out of the six kids, that was their first high school event.”
For Petoskey, Luke Sumpter shot 170, Trent Bennett, 186; Max Faulker, 176; and Jackson Jonker, 176.
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