Onekama's Baseball 2004
Coach Kehrer
All boys home games are played on top of the school hill.

  Roster for the Varsity Boys Baseball Team:
Tom Gillespie, Dave Gillespie, Joe Catanese, Dan McElreath, Joey Mitchell, Brett Cronkhite, Dominic Morrill, Tyler Miller, Trevor Miller, Mike Ivanson, Mike Fredericks, Matt Fredericks, Brennan Meister, Lance Osborne.


MCC vs OHS Baseball: Onekama Wins!
Onekama busted the season open with a doubleheader sweep against the Sabers. 7-0 and 18-3. Dan McElreath only gave up one hit in the first game and had 13 strike outs. Joey Mitchell went 3 for 3 and the Portager boys got six other hits. Dave Gillespie got a triple. Brothers Mike and Matt Fredericks were each one for three.. Mitchell pitched a no-hitter in the second game while Dan McElreath was three for three at the plate. ...Gwen
APRIL 15 Bear Lake vs Onekama: Bear Lake vs Onekama & Onekama Won!
Onekama clean swept the double header against Bear Lake (which was moved to Onekama's field due to the field conditions at Bear Lake), 31-12 and 13-7. Fans stated that the first game was a very long game. The second game was called due to darkness. Mike Fredericks had 3 home runs while Dan McElreath. had a Grand Slam. Dave Gillespie was the starting pitcher for both games with Dan relief pitching both times. Dan had 13 strike outs in the first game and was the winning pitcher in both. "Everybody hit the ball good tonight", commented spectator Brett Cronkhite Sr. " I finally started hitting the ball like I should", stated Player Tom Gillespie., " I was 3 for 4 tonight", he added. Thank you Coach Kehrer for speaking with me after tonight's game! ...Gwen
Monday 4/19/04 at HOME Onekama Wins! See team photographs and game information
Thursday 4/22/04 at HOME 4:30 p.m. Walkerville Onekama wins! 11-1 and 17-3 Another clean sweep of a double header , this time against the Walkerville Wildcats, puts the boys at 8-0 for the season. 6-0 in the Conference race. Dan pitched a no hitter in the first game and won it in 4 innings. Lance Osborne pitched the second game also winning it in 4 innings. Brennan Meister got 2 hits in the second game and Joey Mitchell was walked 4 times. Walkerville walked a lot of our guys tonight. "We haven't tested or been tested by anyone yet," said Coach Kehrer," Our big test will be against Pentwater on Monday." Photographs from Walkerville Game
Friday 4/23/04 Onekama splits the win with MCC tonight at Reitz Park in Manistee, giving the Portager boys their first loss of the season. Photographs
Monday 4/26/04 at Pentwater 4:30 p.m OHS Ties one, Loses one, against Pentwater at Pentwater. The Portagers just weren't playing Portager ball as we know it tonight being mercied in the first game 12-2. It was tied 6-6 when the second game was called due to darkness. This is their first loss in the Conference games to date and second loss for the season. Photographs
Thursday 4/29/04 at HOME 4:30 p.m. MCE OHS loses two to the MCE Cardinals 16-1 and 12-2. It wasn't pretty, with the first game over in 3 innings. " There was good pitching tonight, but they had trouble fielding," stated Coach Clouse after the game, about the Portager boys. Dan McElreath had 1 hit in the first game and had 4 hits in the second game. Mike Fredericks pitched his first game for the team tonight, hit a home run and was 2 for 2 in the second game. Thank you Coach Kehrer and Jim Clouse for speaking with me following tonight's game. ...Gwen
Monday 5/03/04 at Baldwin 4:30 p.m. Onekama Wins 2! The Portager boys bounced back from their loss to Custer ,with a clean sweep of a double header against Baldwin at Baldwin. 3-2 OHS and 10-0 OHS when it was all over. Dan McElreath pitched the first game giving up only 3 hits and striking out 11. Brett Cronkhite got a very, very important key hit for a 2 run double. Joey Mitchell pitched a one hitter and struck out 5 , for his best game to date in the second game. Dan had a home run, Matt Fredericks was 2 for 2, and Tom Gillespie got 2 hits. The boy's currently stand in second place in the conference after tonights wins and if they beat Brethren, will lock up second place. Thank you Jim Clouse for speaking with me tonight about the games.
Thursday 5/06/04 at Brethren Onekama loses 2 to Brethren at the Brethren diamond. 5-7 and 2-12.

Photographs from the game

Friday 5/14/04 Frankfort Rained out
District play June 5

Onekama Wins District Championship: The Portagers Boys beat Brethren in a 7-2 victory for the championship held at Rietz Park after they knocked off Freesoil earlier in the day. Photo and text

June 12, 2004

Baseball Awards

2004 MHSAA Baseball Regional

In a very good game that went into extra innings against Number One ranked Lake Leelanau St. Mary, the Portagers lost a very close game 3-2 at the Custer field. Dan McElreath pitched extremely well, keeping them in the game. The Portagers had the lead 2-0 until about the 6th inning, when a couple small errors/slips let Leelanau tie up the score 2-2, pushing the game into extra innings. Mike Fredericks had super grabs in the outfield as well as got a home run. Matt had a single. Spectators reported that the Portagers played an outstanding game and they can all hold their heads high as the season for them now closes. They never buckled in the 9 inning game against the number one ranked team in the state. A loss with a score of 3-2 in 9 innings and having the lead 2-0 for 6 is nothing to be ashamed of when you play like the Portager boys did in this Regional playoff game! Good luck wishes go out to the exiting seniors as they now move forward to new adventures in their lives!

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