Joey Wise and Joe Seurynck lead the varsity baseball team to a sweep over Comstock Park


It was an offensive attack that led the varsity baseball team to a two-win night against Comstock Park on Tuesday. Junior Joe Seurynck and senior Joey Wise put up most of the runs on the board for the Rangers in 9-3 and 8-3 wins over the Panthers.

After losing eight of their past nine games, the Rangers finally looked to get the ball rolling again before the playoffs on Saturday.

In the first inning, Comstock Park got a run on the board and took a 1-0 lead, but FHC quickly responded. In the bottom of the first, Joe drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and senior Sean MacLeod also drove in a run on a double into center field. The Rangers had a 2-1 lead, the first time they had held a lead since last week’s series against Forest Hills Northern.

Comstock Park wouldn’t do any damage in the second and FHC would capitalize. Junior Matthew Mittlestadt continued his hot streak with a single in the second, driving in a run to extend the lead to 3-1. Later in the inning, Joe came up to bat again and hit a single into center field, driving in two more runs and giving the Rangers a big 5-1 cushion.

Joey drove in a run in the third and fellow senior Nathan Sigg backed him up shortly after with a single of his own. He drove in another run, giving FHC a huge 9-1 lead. Comstock Park put up two more runs on the board in the top of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough for the Panthers and the Rangers won the first game 9-3.

In the second game, it was all about the early scoring again. Joey led off with a double and in the next at-bat, junior Josh Smith drove in two runs on a single into right field to give the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Junior Jake Munger reached on an error a couple of at-bats later, giving FHC a 4-0 advantage. Again, Comstock Park made another error on a pop fly as the Rangers held a 5-0 cushion going into the second inning. In the third, senior Maguire Mahachek drove a ball into right field and turned on the jets to third base, giving him a triple and the Rangers a 6-0 lead. Right after Maguire, Joey drove in another run on a double into left field. The Rangers were dominant with a 7-0 lead going into the fourth. Joey drove in another in the bottom of the fifth, with a single into center field. With the extent of the damage being a 3 run inning in the top of the fourth, the Rangers snuck out another win, sweeping the Panthers with an 8-3 win.

The team’s final record is now 14-19. On Saturday, the Rangers will face Forest Hills Northern in the opening round of MHSAA Districts at 12:30 PM.