Cavaliers split with Grand Blanc in baseball



Carman-Ainsworth’s Ezekiel Ochodnicky makes a connection during a game against Swartz Creek on April 10. Photo by Brandon Pope

Carman-Ainsworth’s Ezekiel Ochodnicky makes a connection during a game against Swartz Creek on April 10. Photo by Brandon Pope

GRAND BLANC – The Carman- Ainsworth baseball team split a twin bill with Grand Blanc on Monday. Grand Blanc took a 12-5 win in the early game but the Cavaliers bounced back to win the night cap, 3-0.

Grand Blanc held a 3-2 lead after two innings in the early game before driving in eight runs in the third. Carman- Ainsworth added three in the fifth and Grand Blanc added an insurance run in the sixth.

Alex Green toed the rubber for 2-2/3 innings, striking out two while giving up six hits, 11 runs and three walks. Jacob Durbin tossed 3-1/3 innings of relief, striking out two and allowing three hits and a run. Cameron Koegel led the offense with three hits and a run. Harrison Hogan added a hit, a run and two RBI. Sean Jerome chipped in a hit, an RBI and a run.

In the late game, the Cavaliers scored two in the fourth and one in the seventh while outhitting Grand Blanc 9-1. Logan Brassaw took the mound for six innings, retiring 10 while giving up a hit and four walks. Garrett Gleason and Jacob Durbin combined in the final inning, striking out one and walking two.

Koegel had another three hits, an RBI and a run. Sean Jerome added a pair of hits and a run.

Last Thursday, Carman-Ainsworth dropped a pair of games against Lapeer, losing the first 10-6 and the second 7-1.

The first game was knotted up at 1-1 until the fourth inning when Lapeer grabbed a 3-1 lead. The Lightning then added three in the sixth, but Carman- Ainsworth responded with a pair of runs of its own. Lapeer’s lead continued to grow in the seventh though with another four runs. Carman-Ainsworth added another two.

Hogan toed the rubber for 5-2/3 innings, striking out six and giving up eight hits, six runs and three walks. Hogan also led the offense with two hits, an RBI and a run. Alex Green had a hit and three runs.

In the late game, Lapeer scored four in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Carman- Ainsworth’s lone run came in the sixth. Gleason struck out five and gave up four hits, seven runs and six walks over 4-2/4 innings. Hogan and Jerome had a pair of hits each.

Carman-Ainsworth fell to Bay City John Glenn 10-3 last Wednesday. Bay City John Glenn scored three in the first, four in the third and one in the fifth. The Cavaliers scored four in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Green, Gleason and Brassaw all had a hit and an RBI each. Koegel chipped in a hit and a run.

Carman-Ainsworth, 6-12, hosted Bendle on Wednesday following press deadlines and will host Midland Dow on Tuesday.

DISTRICT PAIRINGS

Div. 1 at Flushing

5-28: Flushing (25-4) vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill (0-12), 4:30 p.m. at Flushing

6-1: Winner of Flushing/Saginaw Arthur Hill vs. Saginaw Heritage (20-11), 10 a.m. at Flushing; Carman-Ainsworth (6-12) vs. Swartz Creek (5-7); Finals, 2:30 p.m. at Flushing