Varsity baseball loses its third game in a row to East Grand Rapids 6-5

Varsity baseball loses its third game in a row to East Grand Rapids 6-5

Led by the bat of senior Maguire Mahacek and the arm of junior Matthew Mittlestadt, the varsity baseball team had a great outing against East Grand Rapids but lost 6-5 in the eighth inning due to a late Pioneer run. This solidified the sweep for EGR with a clean 3-0 record against FHC.

After getting swept the previous Wednesday by the Pioneers, FHC looked to get a sweet revenge win to keep its season alive for a big postseason run.

Matthew got the start for the Rangers on the mound and had a phenomenal game. He only gave up four hits while allowing four runs to come in in five innings of work. After Matthew, senior Sean MacLeod came in for the final three innings of the game. Sean got the loss on the mound, though, as he gave up four hits but only gave up two runs, with one being a crucial run to break the tie in the top of the eighth. 

At the plate, Maguire had an impressive game by going three-for-three in his at-bats while driving in a run for the Rangers. Along with him, fellow senior Nathan Sigg went three-for-four at the plate. He mainly gave FHC that extra boost on the base paths by scoring twice. Junior Josh Smith gave the Rangers two of their runs with a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth. Thanks to Josh, FHC notched a two-run advantage.

The game was neck and neck at the end, and with both sides dominating on the mound, the game was decided in extra innings. Quickly, the Rangers found themselves in a hole when Sean gave up a single. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the runner would advance to second on a stolen base. Right after getting two quick outs, the Pioneers nailed a hard ground ball into the outfield and solidified a 6-5 lead. That lead stuck the rest of the game, and the Rangers went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the eighth inning and lost 6-5.

After a rough week, the Rangers will look to bounce back this Monday, May 10, against the Northview Wildcats in a doubleheader at Northview High School.