Varsity baseball secures sweep over Forest Hills Northern in a span of two days


Last Thursday and Friday, the varsity baseball team played Forest Hills Northern in a three-game series after being postponed on Wednesday. In all three games, the Rangers won by close margins and even made a comeback to solidify a clean sweep of the Huskies. 

The first game on Thursday afternoon didn’t start the way the Rangers wanted it to, being down by eight runs at one point in the game. Slowly but surely, the Rangers started to make a comeback that began to form in the fourth inning. Sophomores JT Hartman and Ty Hudkins got a couple of key hits while veteran seniors like Matthew Mittlestadt and Joe Robertson played critical defense to close out the game. The Rangers took game one 14-12 in a shoot-out of both offenses.

The second game of the series started on Thursday but was finished on Friday afternoon due to bad weather. Throughout the game, another shoot-out was beginning to formulate. Key hits from senior Joe Seurynck and Josh Smith in game two put the Rangers in control all game. Juniors Chase Robinson and Justin Osterhouse also rallied to get hits in tough at-bats to secure the game for FHC. A 9-8 win confirmed not only a series win but a sweep over a cross-town rival.

Game three saw more offensive firepower; both teams were going back and forth in a must-win game for each squad. A tie game going into the fifth inning saw the Rangers looking to break the tie and they did just that, scoring two runs in the top half of the frame. Solid pitching and great defense in the latter part of the inning sealed a sweep and the brooms made their first appearance for the Rangers this season in the 9-7 win. 

After the three wins, the Rangers are now 4-0 overall. A series against the Greenville Yellow Jackets will headline the week for the squad. The boys will travel to Greenville on Monday, April 18, for a doubleheader and will finish the series with a single game at FHC on Wednesday.