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Grand Ledge High School

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vs. Brighton HS School

Date Posted: Thursday Apr 11, 2019


 

Game 1: Grand Ledge 5, Brighton 4

 

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FINAL

Brighton

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Grand Ledge

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The Comets sent Junior right-hander Logan Hylek to the mound for the season opener. In the top of the first, Hylek made quick work of the first two batters, but the Bulldogs were able to get two on with a walk and a single. With two-runners on, Hylek got the strikeout to end the Bulldogs early scoring threat. Grand Ledge went down quietly in the first, 0-0 headed to the second.

Hylek caught a rhythm early, retiring the Bulldogs efficiently in the second. The Comets were able to put pressure on the Bulldogs defense in the second, as Sophomore Logan Todd led off with a sharp single up the middle. After Sophomore Kaden Nowak walked and Senior Logan Ashley singled, the Comets had the bases loaded with two-outs. Sophomore Noah Warren walked up to the plate and was set to do damage. Warren laced a bases clearing triple to left-centerfield. 3-0 Comets as we head to the third.

An error and a walk gave Brighton a quick scoring opportunity with no one out. With runners on second and third, Hylek got a lineout to center, scoring one Bulldog run. Warren caught the runner going from second to third, but a poorly executed rundown allowed that runner to score. That was all Brighton would get.

No baserunners for either side in the fourth, as the score remains 3-2 heading to the fifth.

Senior lefthander Justin Meister relieved Hylek. Meister came out filling up the zone, retiring the side in order.

In the Comets half of the 5th, Meister led off with a sharp single up the middle, followed by Warren’s second hit of the day. After a force out, the Comets had first and third with one out. Senior Aaron West hit a flyball to centerfield scoring the runner and extending the lead, to 4-2.

Meister struck out 2 in the sixth to maintain the 2-run lead. The Comets threatened in the bottom half of the sixth but failed to score, so we head the seventh, 4-2 Comets.

Meister looked to shut the door as he came back to the mound. Brighton got a single with one out and another hit with two down. With two runners on and two-outs, Brighton got a double, scoring both runners and tying the ballgame.

In the bottom of the seventh, Senior Braedon Stoakes reached on an error with 1 out to put pressure on the Bulldogs. After West walked, Hylek grounded into a force out. Now with a base open, the Bullldogs elected to intentionally walk Todd, setting the stage for Junior Devin Gardella to play the role of hero. And he did just that, lining a walk-off single through the right side, giving the Comets a 5-4 win in their season opener.

 

Winning Pitcher: Meister (1-0)

Hylek: 4IP 4H 1ER 2BB 4K

Meister: 3IP 3H 2ER 2K

Warren: 2-3, 1B, 3B, 3 RBI

Gardella: 2-4, 2 1B, walk-off single

 

 

Game 2: Grand Ledge 3, Brighton 5

 

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Brighton

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Grand Ledge

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Looking for the doubleheader sweep, the Comets sent Senior right-hander Ethan Irish to the mound. After allowing the first 3 Bulldogs to reach via the hit by pitch, Irish got a bases loaded strikeout and a double-play to get out of a stressful first with no damage. The Comets went down quickly in the first, as we head to the second scoreless.

Irish faced additional pressure in the second, giving up a leadoff double and hitting another batter. With two-outs, the Bulldogs got a single to open the scoring. Grand Ledge went down in order in the bottom half. 1-0 Brighton.

Irish made quick work in the third, keep the deficit minimal. The Comets were able to get on the board in the third as Stoakes lined a solo homerun over the right-centerfield fence. After a single by West, Hylek gave the Comets the lead with a moon shot 2-run homerun into the parking lot beyond leftfield. 3-1 Comets.

Looking to maintain a 2 run lead, Irish went back to the mound for the fourth. After the first two Bulldogs reached via walk and double, Irish got the next two batters with huge strikeouts. Another walk from Irish, and the Comets made a pitching change, bringing in Senior right-hander Payton Wieber. With 2-outs, Brighton got a single scoring two and tying the game. Two more hits and all of a sudden the Comets go from up 2 to down 2, trailing 5-3.

Both teams went scoreless in the fifth and Logan Todd took the mound in the sixth, looking to keep the deficit at 2. He did just that retiring the side. In the bottom-half of the sixth after a Gardella single and a walk by Nowak, Logan Ashley lined out to the second baseman and Nowak got doubled-off first, ending the Comets scoring threat.

Todd once again retired the side in the seventh, giving the Comets a chance.

Pinch-hitting Junior Nathan Lehman led off the inning with a walk and with one out Stoakes also walked. West singled and all of a sudden the Comets were looking at a bases loaded opportunity with only one out. Unfortunately, Hylek and Todd both struck out and the Comets drop game two, 5-3.

 

Losing Pitcher: Irish (0-1)

Irish: 3.2IP 3H 4ER 2BB 4K 4HBP

Todd: 2IP 1H 1K

Stoakes: 1-2, Solo HR, 2BB

Hylek: 1-4, 2-run HR

West: 2-4, 2 1B


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