OSCODA – The Oscoda baseball team opened up North Star League (NSL) Big Dipper play with a pair of convincing wins on Thursday.
The Owls, playing at Alcona, rolled to 14-0 and 11-0 victories behind a pair of strong pitching performances. Owen Franklin got the win in the opener as he struck out nine batters and gave up just three hits. Franklin has struck out 38 batters this season in just 19 innings of work.
Brayden Mallak led the offense with two doubles, two walks, three runs and two runs; Nate Moeller had two doubles, two RBI and two runs; Caleb Nagel had a double, a single, two runs and three RBI; Kaleb Foster had a pair of singles and scored a run; Gabe Kellstrom had a hit and two steals; Jacob Condor had a two-run double; and Tyler Amrich reached base twice and scored a run.
Kellstrom was strong in game two, as he gave up just one hit and struck out six. He helped his own cause at the plate by reaching base three times, stealing once and scoring twice. Moeller reached base four times and had an RBI double and Kaleb Foster had two hits.
On Monday, April 22, the Owls hosted AuGres in a NSL crossover doubleheader, wining the opener 4-2 and the nightcap 11-0. In the opener, Franklin gave up just one hit and struck out the side in the first three innings, finishing with 12 strikeouts.
Condor had a double, two singles and two RBI; Moeller had two hits; and Mallak had a hit, walk and scored a run. Kellstrom got the win in game two, giving up one hit and fanning nine batters.
Kellstrom added three singles, one double and two RBI at the plate to help his own cause, Franklin had a double, single and an RBI, Mallak had a hit and stole two bags and Joel Livvix had a double and an RBI.
“This two-headed monster of Franklin and Kellstrom has been dominant in the early part of the season,” head coach Mark Whitley said.
Oscoda (8-2 overall, 2-0 NSL Big Dipper) was at Posen on Monday, travels to Hale on Thursday, heads to Atlanta on Friday and hosts Hillman on Monday.