Grayling wins baseball series 1-0, 5-1 vs. Harbor Springs
Grayling High School’s varsity baseball team won both games of a Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader vs. Harbor Springs on Thursday night, defeating the visiting Rams 1-0, 5-1.
In game one, The Vikings scored one run in the bottom of the first inning. Neither squad scored after that, and Grayling won by a final score of 1-0.
Justin Nicholas pitched a complete game for the Vikings. He allowed five hits and no walks while striking out six batters.
At the plate, Nicholas was 1 for 3 for Grayling. Justin Youngblood was 1 for 2. Trey Moffit scored one run and Jaden Gauthier had one RBI.
During game two, the Vikings led 3-1 after two full innings. Grayling added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The final score was Vikings 5, Rams 1.
Youngblood pitched five innings and Jacob Macfalda pitched one. Youngblood had three strikeouts. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run.
On offense, Youngblood was 2 for 3 with a double and one run scored. Nicholas was 1 for 2. Macfalda was 1 for 3 with a triple, one RBI, and one run scored. Nick Cicerone was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Christian Artress was 1 for 3. Louis Cotton had one RBI. Nick Hunter scored a run.
“We won both games behind strong pitching performances. In game one, Nicholas went the distance, throwing a shutout. He had great defense to back him up. Both Jake Macfalda and Justin Youngblood locked down the left side. We pushed across a run in the first despite only managing two hits for the game,” Coach Bret Krabill said.
“In game two, we still struggled a little to get the bats going. We out hit Harbor 6-4, but should have been able to do better. Justin Youngblood picked up the win for us. Nicholas, Artress, Macfalda, and Nick Cicerone each had a hit. Youngblood had two. Macfalda, Cicerone, and Louis Cotton had RBIs,” Coach Krabill said.
“Again, we played okay today. We are still working on some things to keep ourselves prepared for the upcoming games,” Coach Krabill said.
The Vikings are now 14-2-2 for the season. They will host Mio on Wednesday, May 23.