TAWAS CITY – Game one was a bit of a struggle for the Tawas Area baseball team at Saginaw Nouvel on Thursday. After that 9-1 loss in the opener, the Braves were able to regroup, playing their way to a 7-6 win in eight innings in the nightcap.
Sam Weiss took the loss in the opening, pitching four innings and five earned runs on five hits, five strikeouts and three walks.
On offense, Weiss had two hits and a stolen base, Ethan Hedglin had two hits, Bobby Turner had a double and scored a run and Justin Ulman also had a single.
In game two, Nouvel scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take an early lead, but Tawas responded with two runs in the top of the third and four more in the top of the fifth inning to hold a 6-3 edge. The Braves held that lead until the bottom of the seventh when Nouvel forced extra innings with three runs. Tawas regrouped to score a run in the top of the eight and shut the door in the bottom of half to get the win.
Hedglin earned the win, as he pitched the first seven inning and gave up six runs, one earned on nine hits and eight strikeouts. Ulman pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the save without allowing a hit and he also struck out one batter.
Lukas Shawn had four hits, one RBI and one run, Weiss, Ulan and Turner had two hits apiece, with one of Weiss’ hit being a triple and one of Ulman’s hits was a double and he also had two steals. With one hit each was Evan Mochty, Ace Shufelt, Joel Cadorette and Joey Ernst.
On Tuesday, April 27 the Braves played a pair of games at Gladwin, but lost both sides of that twinbill, 3-1 and 3-2.
Ozzie Johnson pitched well in the opener but took the loss, pitching six innings and giving up three earned runs, on five hits, five strikeouts and four walks.
Mochty had a triple and scored a run, Johnson had a single and an RBI and with one hit apiece was Ulman, Shawn, Cadorette and Ernst.
Game two was 2-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, however Gladwin plated a game-winning run to spoil Tawas’ bid for a bounce-back win.
Ulman was handed the loss in relief, while Ben Bolen also pitched in relief, striking out two batters. Mochty started the game and pitched the first four innings, and gave up one run on one hit and struck out three batters.
Johnson had the team’s lone hit, while Shufelt and Turner each scored a run.
“It has been a busy week here with state testing ongoing (but) overall, with the exception of that first game at Nouvel, we’ve been playing really good baseball. More importantly, with that second game against at Nouvel, with how the team responded when they rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh, it was really, really exciting and important in our development.
“I believe it’s really going to be important too as an important stepping stone/learning moment for our younger guys in the future who will be leaders in the coming years. I know that you can sometimes read too much into moments but it has been awhile around here since we’ve been punched like that to use a boxing metaphor and come back to knock somebody out ourselves so it felt pretty darn good for all of us.”
Tawas (4-4 overall) heads to Ogemaw Heights tonight (Wednesday) and plays at Hillman on Tuesday.