Flivvers lock up GNC title with win over Maroons

MENOMINEE — After taking the lead, the Kingsford varsity baseball team never looked back as it rolled to an 8-1 seven-inning victory over the Maroons on Wednesday in Menominee.

“I’m so happy for this group of young men and also for the coaching staff,” Kingsford head coach Joe Kriegl said. “Coach Deke Forstrom and coach Mark Allen have been a part of Kingsford baseball for decades and for them to add this to their list is special. I’m most excited for coach Dan Brown. He’s been with this group of boys since the beginning. He single handedly is most responsible for the success of this group.”

With the win, the Flivvers locked up their first Great Northern U.P. Conference title in eight years. They finished the conference schedule at 6-2 and are now 16-11 on the season.

“To come out on top of a conference that contains Escanaba and Gladstone is a big deal,” coach Kriegl said. ” We have the utmost respect for those two programs as they have dominated over the years.

“The win in Menominee didn’t come without some concern for our ace pitcher.”

Gavin Trevillian started the game on the mound for the Flivvers. However, three pitches into things, back spasms forced him off the mound.

Trevillian kicked off the scoring for Kingsford with two on and one out in the first. After taking two strikes, Trevillian hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Garrett Brown. A Maroons’ error, during the next at-bat, allowed Andres Finley to score and the lead was 2-0.

“We did what we needed to offensively led by our lead-off hitter, Garrett Brown, who continues to be a beast for us getting on base and scoring runs,” coach Kreigl added.

The Flivvers added another run to their total in the second after Jacob Deuter scored on a Brown single.

In the top of the third, Kingsford moved its lead to 4-0 on a sacrifice fly from Nolan Hendrickson scored Jack Kriegl from third.

The Flivvers kept their foot on the gas and in the fourth it paid off. Brown, Kriegl and Bradley Bottesi scored on three-consecutive Menominee errors, making it a 7-0 Kingsford lead.

The Maroons scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth.

Brown moved the Flivvers’ lead to 8-1 in the sixth on another Menominee error.

Replacing Trevillian, Gavin Grondin picked up the win on the mound. He struck out 10 in seven innings while allowing one earned run and two walks.

“Gavin pitched outstandingly,” coach Kreigl said.

Brown, Trevillian and Hendrickson led Kingsford with one RBI apiece. Brown, Kriegl and Bottesi each had two hits. Brown, Finley and Hendrickson each had one walk. Brown stole three bases while Finley, Bottesi and Deuter each had one.

The Flivvers start their playoff journey on June 1 with a road trip to Cheboygan. Action begins at 9 a.m.


NEGAUNEE — After making the trip to Negaunee, the Iron Mountain varsity baseball team only got to play one inning against the Miners before the rain shut things down on Tuesday.

However, neither team was tagged with the loss as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Mountaineers broke through first in the opening frame when Niko Burgoon scored on a Miners’ error.

However, in the bottom of the inning, Negaunee scored on a walk prior to the game being called.

Burgoon started the game for Iron Mountain. He pitched .1 innings and walked one batter while surrendering one hit and one run.

Connor Pickett drew the Mountaineers lone walk. Burgoon was hit by a pitch.

Iron Mountain is back at LIUNA Field on Tuesday for a single game against Houghton at 3:30 p.m.

Daily News sports editor Sean Chase compiled this report.


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