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2017-06-14 / Sports

Indians Fight Back but Fall to Tough Boyne City Team in Districts

On Saturday, the Indians Baseball team travelled to Charlevoix for the first round of the District tournament. Newberry faced Boyne City at 10:00 am and Charlevoix faced Elk Rapids at Noon.

The game between the Indians and the Ramblers proved to be a close game from the very beginning. Newberry was shut down in order through the first two innings on strong pitching from the Ramblers pitcher, Stackus who recorded three strikeouts through the first two innings.

Mark LaRoue held Boyne City scoreless through two innings with one strikeout and picking off a runner at first.

Newberry finally had a runner on base with a double to deep left center by Seth Groenhout in the top of the third. However, Seth was stranded and the score remained 0-0, heading to the bottom of the third inning. Boyne City’s offense started clicking as they scored five runs to take a commanding lead of 5-0.

Alex Henry was hit by a pitch to start the top of the fourth inning. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Jordan. LaRoue then singled, scoring Henry to cut the lead to 5-1. The Ramblers added a run in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead back to five runs.

The Indian’s offense finally got to Stackus in the fifth. Hunter Dennis was hit by a pitch, followed by singles by Ryan Archer and Groenhout to load the bases. Luke Jordan then walked to force in a run, scoring Dennis. With two outs, Blake Jordan singled to left scoring Archer and Groenhout. Mark Laroue followed with a single to score Luke Jordan. Brandon Gravelle then singled to score Blake Jordan and tie the game, 6-6.

Boyne City was able to add a run in each of the remaining two innings and although Newberry had runners on base in both the sixth and seventh inning they were stranded.

Boyne City won a tough, well-played game by the score of 8-6.

Mark LaRoue pitched very well but took the loss for the Indians. Laroue allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and struck out two. Gravelle came on for 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Offensively, Groenhout and Jordan led the way for the Indians. Groenhout was two for two with a single, a double, a walk and a run scored. Jordan was one for three with a run scored and two RBIs. Archer and LaRoue were both one for three, LaRoue with an RBI and Archer with a run scored. Grevelle was one for four with an RBI.

“We played the best ball we have all year, but we just weren’t able to steal the win from a very tough Boyne City team,” said Newberry coach Jason Tokar. “Coach Shoemaker and the Ramblers ended up winning the district beating Elk Rapids in the finals. I was very proud of the way the guys came together and left it all on the field. From the pre-game warm up through to the end of the game, they were working together as a team, calling out situations on defense, firing each other up in the dugout, and never gave up though we were behind by five runs at one point.

“We have had a challenging season this year with major injuries to starters and other issues. The guys could have easily just have gone through the motions and ended the season but they stepped up and played hard ending the season the right way.

“Thank you to all the coaches and parents for all the help this year. This program is only as successful as it is because of supporting cast that I have. I also want to thank the community for all their support not only with the season, but also with this year’s Spring Training trip. Again, none of that is possible without all your support.”

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