Belding baseball falls to Forest Hills Northern

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:44 am on Friday, May 18, 2012

BELDING — The final game of the O-K Blue Conference season for the Belding Redskins baseball team was one they want to forget as soon as possible.

Fortunately for them, they play two games today.

The Redskins were downed by the Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Huskies 17-6 Thursday, as the Huskies swept a three-game series.

Belding (10-16-1, 4-14) allowed nine runs in the top of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jacob Spencer only lasted a third of an inning, giving up three hits and three walks.

Once the inning ended, coach Mike Ostrander tried to rally his team.

“You’ve dug yourself a pretty big hole,” he said. “So you start chipping away.”

That didn’t happen much, Ostrander noted.

“Unfortunately whenever we got within striking distance we gave up a couple more and could never get over the hump,” he said.

Belding got three hits each from Seth Nelson and Cody Saliers and two more from Kole Hart in the loss.

“If there was a good loss, it was Tuesday night,” Ostrander said, noting Forest Hills Northern beat Belding 4-2. “This was an eye-opener. I think we realized even though we made strides, you have to bring it every night.”

Today the Redskins go to Carson City-Crystal for a doubleheader.

“We want to make sure we don’t leave our pitcher throwing a good game and not give him any run support, or if he’s struggling we’ve got the bats to back him up,” Ostrander said.

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