Brethren takes two from Onekama
Posted by Dylan Savela, Manistee News Advocate
BRETHREN — Nate Costello couldn’t contain a wide smile as he trotted past third toward the swarm of teammates awaiting him at home.
And who could blame him?
The Brethren senior had just highlighted his near perfect day at the plate with a homer over the 343-foot marker in dead center at Dickson Township Park.
The grin could have been one of relief, too, as the Bobcats were in the midst of bouncing back from an opening scare against Onekama. Brethren swept the Portagers in a West Michigan D League doubleheader on Monday with a 5-4 Game 1 victory before notching 16-1 win by mercy rule in the four-inning nightcap.
Costello led all hitters, batting 3-for-3 in each game and collecting seven total RBIs in the series.
“The second game we came out swinging,” said Brethren coach Jim Richardson. “I think it sunk in that I wasn’t going to hesitate to take anybody out who looked like they didn’t want to be there.
“And obviously they showed in that second game they did.”
In the opener, Brethren (12-5, 6-0 WMD) scored a pair of runs in the first and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead that would last through four innings.
Onekama (3-7-1, 2-3 WMD), however, finally turned its hits to runs in a big four-run fifth to take a one-run lead.
“The first game was a great high school game,” said Portagers coach John Neph. “Almost everything you want in a game: comebacks, great plays and big hits — a lot of effort on both sides.”
Onekama had 10 hits in the contest, led by Morgan Ledford, Jon Eno and Dallas Hearit who each had two. Hearit, Joe Eno and Nick Osborn each batted in a run during Onekama’s rally in the top of the fifth.
Onekama’s Nolan Miller and Joe Eno split time on the mound, each giving up a pair of earned runs.