Belding dominates at Lakeview Invite


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:45 pm on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LAKEVIEW — Belding’s baseball team had everything going at the Lakeview Invitational Saturday.

The Redskins scored 23 runs and allowed only one in winning the four-team tournament.

Belding (5-15) opened with a 12-0 win over the host Wildcats. The Redskins scored their 12 runs on 11 hits.

Aaden Quinn went the distance and allowed five hits, striking out four.

Jacob Ridgeway took the loss, going only one inning and walking five with one hit and one strikeout.

Sam Syrjala and Kole Hart had two hits each in the game for Belding. The Wildcats got two hits from Joey Cole and one each from Cameron Bunker and Garrett Cavendish.

While that was going on, Scottville Mason County Central got one run and made it stand against Central Montcalm.

Oryan Wetherington went all seven innings and gave up five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

“Mason County Central is a really tough team. Oryan threw a really good game,” Central coach Bob Luginbuhl said. “They (Mason County Central) were able to piece together a run and our base hits were scattered through the innings.”

Todd Switzer, Jesse Petersen, Brody Shindorf and Jake Ebels all had hits for Central (6-10-1).

In the championship game, Belding ripped the Spartans 11-1 in just five innings, scoring six runs in the second inning and taking advantage of three Mason County Central errors.

Hart pitched all five innings and gave up three hits with four strikeouts.

Brian Daller had three hits and Mike Albert and Joe Bartolatto had two each.

The Wildcats (3-9) and Hornets played each other in the consolation game and Central won 2-1.

Jesse Petersen got the win in the game, going all seven innings and giving up just two hits with a strikeout.

Jordan Stephens went one inning and allowed two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Switzer had two hits for the Hornets. Englund and Brad Hamlin had the two Lakeview hits.

“We didn’t hit at all,” Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti said. “We weren’t striking out. Everything we hit was at somebody, whether it was on the ground or fly out. We only struck out once in game two.”

Lakeview and Central will face each other in a CSAA doubleheader Tuesday while Belding hosts Wyoming that same day.

But before that the Hornets will make their annual trip to Fifth Third Ballpark today. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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