Grayling wins baseball tournament at Brethren
The Grayling Vikings took first place during the Brethren varsity baseball tournament on Saturday, posting a 2-0 record during the event.
First, Grayling battled Brethren, the host for the tournament. The contest was scoreless through five innings. In the top of the sixth, Brethren scored two runs. The Vikings rallied in the bottom of the sixth to score three runs, scoring the third on a walk-off single by Nick Hunter.
Grayling won 3-2.
Trey Moffit and Jaden Gauthier pitched for the Vikings. Moffit had 11 strikeouts in just over five innings of work.
“Jaden Gauthier earned the win in relief. Trey Moffit started the game and went 5 and 1/3. He struck out 11 and gave up a couple of hits. By far his best pitching performance. When Trey gets in a groove, he is very difficult to hit off. He has a lot of pitches he can throw and just the other day decided he wanted to see what would happen if he cut his fastball. You can usually tell by Trey’s smile how he’s doing. Today, he was grinning,” Coach Bret Krabill said.
“Both teams struggled to score runs and get base runners until the sixth. Brethren’s number one pitcher can throw very well. They put up two in the top half of the sixth. We responded very well with three runs of our own. Ryan Anderson got it started with a one-out single. Another out on a pop-up. Justin (Nicholas), Jaden, and Christian (Artress) worked three consecutive walks to get the first run. (Justin) Youngblood was hit by a pitch to tie it. Nick Hunter hit a 2-2 pitch to the outfield to end the game and drive in the last run. Anderson and Hunter managed the only hits for us. Nick ended up with two. Glad to see us battle at the end, but we need to start making in game adjustments a little more quickly. Defense was better, and that was our focus today,” Coach Krabill said.
At the plate, Hunter was 2 for 2 with one RBI. Anderson was 1 for 3 with one run scored. Artress and Youngblood each had one RBI. Nicholas and Gauthier each scored one run.
In the championship game, the Vikings defeated Marion 10-3.
Grayling led 3-1 after two innings. Marion scored one in the top of the fifth. The Vikings responded with a four-run bottom of the fifth. Grayling added three more in the sixth.
On offense, Anderson was 2 for 2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Moffit was 1 for 4. Blane Johnston was 1 for 1 with two RBIs. Nicholas had two RBIs and reached base four consecutive times via hit by pitch. Gauthier was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Artress walked three times and had one RBI. Youngblood was 1 for 4 with one run scored. Hunter was 1 for 3 with two runs scored. Chris Hunter scored a run. Nick Cicerone drew two walks and scored twice. Conner Brill scored a run.
“Jaden picked up the win in this game as well. This game was a better performance as we managed eight hits and worked eight walks. Anderson and Gauthier each had two hits. Moffit added a double and Nick Hunter and Youngblood added a hit too. Justin Nicholas was hit by four pitches. At this pace, he might challenge the school record in a season. Ryan Anderson played outstanding defense in left field today. Blane Johnston was also able to pick up his first varsity hit and drove in two. Ryan also had the chance to get some mound time in. We struck out eight batters, but walked four. Not a bad ratio, but we need to limit free passes to the bottom parts of the order,” Coach Krabill said.
“It was nice to get a trophy on Saturday. The guys worked hard and everyone got in the game at some capacity. We have a lot of games coming up quickly, so the more we can get people pitching, the better. We have a very tough stretch of games coming up, and we are going to need to be sharp in all aspects of the game if we want to keep rolling,” Coach Krabill said.
With the wins on Saturday, the Vikings improved to 7-0-1 overall.