Ramblers split two

May 4, 2017

< strong>By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

In game one McBain had plenty to be happy about. Game two was a different story however, as the Rambler baseball team had to settle for a split at Forest Area Monday night. McBain won the first game of the non-league twinbill 11-1 but fell 4-3 in the nightcap.

“We hit the ball really good in game one and George Brown pitched a great game to get his first varsity win,” head coach Chad Grundy said. “But, in game two we made some base running mistakes and we were not patient at the plate which really hurt us.”
Brown struck out five batters in the game one win, while Logan Taylor, Brown, Brett Kamphouse, Devin Morris and Ayden Kanouse had two hits apiece.

Taylor struck out five hitters in the second game but drew the loss.

Morris had two hits in that game with Andrew Sikkema, Brown, Drew Boven and Chase Pylkas adding one hit apiece.

On Saturday, McBain played at the Hillman Invitational and went 1-1.

The Ramblers opened with a close 1-0 win over Whittemore-Prescott, with Craig Sterk shutting the door on the Cardinals for the win, striking out six batters in five innings. Sikkema pitched the final inning for the save.

Sikkema, Sterk, Morris and Brett Kamphouse had one hit each.

The Ramblers were tamed by Ogemaw Heights in the championship however, 13-6 in a game that saw Pylkas take the loss.

On offense, Sikkema had tow hits while Brown and Justin Kamphouse added one hit each.

On Thursday, April 27 McBain hosted Cadillac for two non-league contests. The Ramblers fell in game one 9-5 but rebounded to win the second, 7-6.

Brown took the loss in game one as he gave up seven hits and struck out seven while walking one.

Sterk had three hits, including a triple, Tristian Reed ha da home run and with two hits apiece was Sikkema and Taylor.
Game two saw Pylkas get the win in relief of Taylor, who pitched five innings and struck out three.

Taylor had two hits and two RBI to spark the offense, Sterk and Reed had one double each and Kamphouse drove in the winning run.

McBain plays Brandywine at the University of Michigan on Saturday, heads to Lake City on Tuesday and is in Evart on Tuesday, May 16.

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