CC-Crystal take two from league rival Vestaburg

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:32 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cusack, left, awaits the slide of Vestaburg’s Mason Darmody at second base during the teams’ first game Tuesday.

VESTABURG — Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team got their first two wins on Michigan soil Tuesday, and did it two different ways.

The Eagles battled back late to beat the Wolverines 3-1 in the first game of a Mid-State Activities Conference doubleheader, then outscored Vestaburg 13-7 in the second game, which was shortened by darkness after six innings.

CC-Crystal (2-3, 2-0) got the first run on a single by Garner Cusack, who stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Arron Haines’ single.

“We had the one run in the first inning and it held up until the sixth,” CC-Crystal coach Wes Cummings said. “We won it in the top of the seventh.”

The Wolverines (0-2, 0-2) tied the game in the sixth when Mason Darmody singled, went to second on a throwing error and scored on Trent Mortenson’s single.

But Caleb Geselman reached on an error, stole second and got knocked home by Haines’s double. Haines scored on a stolen base and a wild pitch.

Austin Myers went the distance for Vestaburg, and coach Scott Marshall admitted Myers shouldn’t have.

“Being our ace pitcher I thought I could left him (Myers) in there to go the distance,” Marshall said. “That was my mistake. I should have had a substitute pitcher at that point. I thought he had enough to close it out and he didn’t.”

Myers allowed four hits but walked six and struck out 10 in the game.

Hunter Clark got the win for the Eagles, as he also went the distance, striking out eight and walking one around seven hits.

“Our team battles,” Cummings said. “There were some plays we didn’t make, there were some times we needed hits and didn’t get them. We stranded a lot of runners in the first game.”

The Eagles stranded 11 to be exact, stranding at least one in each inning.

The second game saw the host Wolverines score a run in the first, but gave up six in the third on three hits and three errors.

However Vestaburg came back in the top of the fourth with five runs of their own to tie the game. But four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth sealed the win for CC-Crystal.

“We went up early and we let them (Vestaburg) right back in it,” Cummings said. “Again, there were some plays we didn’t make.”

But the Eagles made up for it with hitting, getting 11 hits.

“Austin Blanks usually keeps them (opponents) off base,” Marshall said. “They (CC-Crystal) just hit the ball off us. That usually doesn’t happen to Austin. He was off (Monday).”

Blanks went 5 2/3 innings and gave up all 13 runs on 10 hits.

Cusack got the win in relief of Spencer Harwood. Cusack allowed one run on one hit, two walks and five strikeouts.

Harwood, though, did damage at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Michael McCrackin added two hits to the win.

The Eagles will host Coleman on Thursday, while the Wolverines host Ashley for a non-conference game against the Bears that same day.

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