2017-04-27 / Sports

PC Pirates Boys Sweep Doubleheader April 19

By Kevin R. Hess

The Pickford/Cedarville Pirates scored a combined 43 runs in two games, sweeping a doubleheader against Wolverine, Wednesday, April 19, at Wolverine.

The Pirates won game one 23-1 in five innings. The team had 17 hits, while only giving up three hits to Wolverine. Shane Spiker and Jonah Bailey led the offense with three hits each. Spiker drove in four, while Jimmy Storey and Jayden Smith each had three RBIs for the Pirates. The Pirates scored in every inning, topped off by a 12-run fifth inning. Isaac Brown pitched three innings, striking out five. Matt Bush pitched two innings and struck out three.

Game two was more of the same, as the Pirates scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 20-1 win in three innings. Bailey and Chuck Goeschel each had three of the Pirates 13 hits. Bailey, Smith, and Goeschel tied for the team lead with three RBIs apiece.

Bailey pitched two innings, and Storey pitched one. Neither pitcher allowed a hit, and both struck out two batters.

Pirates Softball Team Splits with Wolverine

The Pickford/Cedarville softball team split a pair of games with Wolverine, losing 7-5 in game one, and winning 20-4 in game two.

In game one, a late game rally fell just short, as the Pirates’ threerun fifth inning wasn’t quite enough to complete the comeback. The Pirates jumped out early by scoring two runs in the top of the first, but six unanswered runs by Wolverine proved too much to overcome. Liberty Bailey led the offense with three hits. Taylor and Tori Thurmes each had two hits, with Taylor knocking in three runs, and Tori, one run.

Taylor pitched the first 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs and striking out three. Tori came in to record two outs, striking out one.

The Pirates bounced back well in game two, earning their first win of the season in blowout fashion. After falling behind early, 2- 0, the Pirates used a six-run third inning and a 14-run fourth inning to put the game away. Olivia Mulder, Darcy Benin, and Mickayla Fegan each had three hits for the pirates. Benin had four RBIs, Fegan three RBIs, and Mindy Nordquist, two RBIs. Tori Thurmes pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out four.

“We’ve got a ways to go, and a lot to learn,” said head Coach Dennis Mesnard. “This week will be a good test as we’re scheduled to play three nights. Hopefully, we can end the week with six wins.”

The Pirates (1-3) played this week at Alanson Monday, and will play at Harbor Springs Thursday, and at Brimley Friday.

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