COMSTOCK PARK — What should have been a good day at Fifth Third Ballpark on Monday turned into a nightmare for Central Montcalm’s baseball team.
The Green Hornets lost to the Fremont Packers 13-8 at the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps thanks to a 12-run fourth inning the Packers tallied.
“That’s been our nemesis all year, one bad inning,” said Central coach Rocky Studley.
Central (3-7) and Fremont (2-7) were dueling through the first three innings, with only the Packers scoring in the third on an RBI single by Bruno Ishii.
“We were staying on our game,” Studley said of those first three innings. “We were playing good ball. Then the wheels came off.”
The Packers not only batted around before getting their first out in the fourth, but every player in the batting order scored at least one run in the inning.
When the half-inning was over Fremont had scored 12 runs on eight hits and five walks.
“Five walks that inning, that was a big factor,” Studley said.
But then Central came up in the bottom of the fourth and scored eight times on four hits and three Packer errors. They also batted around plus four batters.
“Definitely happy, especially since we had six freshmen in there,” Studley said. “That’s big. The future is looking good.”
However, neither team could muster much offense after that.
“That’s just us not being able to put the ball in play,” Studley said. “Both teams had a hot inning and then shut down.”
Jared Meeuenburg got the win for Fremont despite allowing the eight runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Micah Parr was tagged with the loss after he gave up six of the 13 Packer runs. Parr scattered nine hits in three-plus innings, walking one.
Central was outhit 14-5 in the game. The five hits came from Will Plavan, Oryan Wetherington, Judah Beshada, Forrest Bartz and Brody Shindorf.
Ishii, Meeuenburg, Alex Gates, Tyler Silverman and Logan Essenbaggers had two hits each for the Packers.
The Hornets will try to regroup today when they host White Cloud in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader.