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Prep Baseball: Flivvers score big in pair of wins

MARQUETTE — The Kingsford Flivvers wasted no time setting the tone in their boys varsity baseball doubleheader at Marquette on Monday, scoring 7 runs in the first inning and going on to post a 14-8 victory in the opener and a 10-4 triumph in the nightcap.

The Flivvers drew 6 walks in the opening inning of the first game, leading to the 7 runs.

“Our patience at the plate was a big key for us tonight,” Kingsford coach Matt LaLonde said.

The Flivvers added a single run in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Sawyer Pugh and Henry McRoberts recorded 2 hits each to lead Kingsford’s 7-hit attack.

McRoberts, Andres Finley and Riley Juneau split time on the mound in the opener. They combined for 7 strikeouts, while walking 6 and allowing 5 hits.

“Overall it was a good outing for us in the first game,” LaLonde said. “We stole bases, put the ball in play, and capitalized off of some free bases.”

In the finale, the Redmen took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Flivvers regained their patience in the third when they scored 5 runs and never trailed after that.

Kingsford registered 7 hits in the second game as well, along with 6 walks. The 7 hits were recorded by seven different players.

Joey Weber, Nathan Bousley, and Dakota Woodward shared the mound duties in the second game, giving up 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8.

“Overall it was a good night of baseball for us,” LaLonde concluded. “We overcame some errors defensively and showed some patience at the plate.”

KNIGHTS 16, TROJANS 0 (Game 1)

KNIGHTS 19, TROJANS 0 (Game 2)

CRYSTAL FALLS — Norway built huge early leads in both games of the twinbill and coasted to two wins over host Forest Park on Monday.

In the opener, the Knights plated 8 runs in the first inning of the four-inning contest. Carson Chartier, Nolan Amundson and Ian Popp each knocked in 3 runs, while Cole Baij added 2 RBIs.

Michael Peterson went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and Isaac Lorenzoni drove in 2 for the winners.

Alex Ortman, Amundson, Lorenzoni and Chartier combined for a no-hitter. The quartet recorded 10 strikeouts along the way.

In the nightcap, Norway scored 13 runs in the opening inning of the three-inning game. Amundson went 2 for 2 with 4 RBIs and a double, while Blake Dishaw ripped a triple and drove in 3 and Chartier belted a double and had two RBIs. Landon Amundson also drove in 2 runs for the Knights.

Baij and Lorenzoni each ripped a homer for Norway.

Popp, Dishaw, Carsyn Moore divided the time on the mound, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4.

Michael Saario recored the lone hit of the day for the Trojans, a single in the second game.

“We did a bullpen day with seven different pitchers over the course of both games and we were around the strike zone a lot,” Norway coach Tony Adams said. “Congrats to Isaac Lorenzoni and Cole Baij on their first high school home runs.

“Our hitting continues to improve,” he added. “Forest Park has improved in several areas since we first saw them and hopefully they can stay enthusiastic in their first year.”

IRON MOUNTAIN 3, HOUGHTON 9

HOUGHTON — The visiting Iron Mountain boys varsity baseball team might have wanted the clash with host Houghton to end after just 1 inning of play, as the Gremlins dominated the next 6 innings for a 9-3 win Monday.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame but that would be Iron Mountain’s last lead of the afternoon, with Houghton putting up at least one run in the next six innings. That included scoring 3 runs in both the third and fifth innings.

Iron Mountain didn’t get back on the scoreboard until the sixth inning, with the Mountaineers scoring twice. But it was too little too late.

On the mound, Mountaineer starter Niko Burgoon took the loss giving up 9 runs, only 3 earned, on 12 hits and 2 walks over five innings of work. He also fanned 3 batters.

Tony Kralovec pitched 1 inning in relief for Iron Mountain, striking out 1.

Beau Kralovec (2-3, RBI) and Carson McLean (2-3, R) were the only two Mountaineers with multiple hits, with the pair accounting for 4 of the team’s 7 base knocks.

Lucas Maxon (1-3, R), Ian Marttila (1-3, 2 RBIs) and Burgoon (1-3, BB) each had a hit in the road loss.

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