MIO – Whittemore-Prescott had the lead in the middle innings of its Division 4 district semi-final game with AuGres on Friday. The Cardinals couldn’t hold the Wolverines down however, as they eventually fell to the Wolverines, 6-4 in AuGres. 

“I sure wish we had a better outcome, but I think we gave it our best shot,” head coach Ed Mervyn said. “We just came up short.” 

The Cards pulled ahead 3-2 in the third inning, but AuGres pulled ahead the next inning and held of W-P’s charges from there. 

Michael Blust took the loss, tossing six innings and giving up six runs, two earned on four hits, eight strikeouts and two walks. Tony Lyons pitched an inning of relief, striking out one batter and walking one. 

Lyons, Tyler Hostetler and Russ Wilson had two hits apiece, with Wilson getting three RBI and Hostetler scored a run. Ridge Schutte added one hit.

“We only had seven hits, we had our chances but just didn’t get it done,” Mervyn said. “It was tough, when you don’t have a chance to win you don’t feel so bad but I felt we had as good a shot as anyone to win the district. We were 5-3 against AuGres this year, but we just didn’t get the job done. The kids were really disappointed, they had worked hard getting prepared for AuGres but Caden Zeien pitched a good game and you can’t take anything away from them.” 

W-P finishes the year 16-11 overall. 

“Next year there are a lot of key kids coming back,” Mervyn said. “We lose a lot with five seniors, but we have some pitching coming back and defensively we should be OK. Hopefully we can hit a little better.”