Portagers Lose to Frankfort in Semi-Final Game

Posted by Matt Wenzel, Manistee News Advocate

Trailing 6-0 against Frankfort after the top of the third inning, Onekama rallied to take an 8-7 lead through four.

The Portagers, however, didn’t have another huge comeback in them and couldn’t recover from the seven runs the Panthers put on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh to break open a tie game en route to the 17-10 semifinal win on Monday.

“Any time you see that many runs on the scoreboard, you know your pitcher is throwing a lot of pitches,” said Onekama coach Rob Johnson. “I think our pitch count got way up and we got tired.”

Emily Bergren took the loss in the circle for the Portagers and was charged with all 17 runs over 6-plus innings before Kaylor DeWitt got the final three outs.

“We struggled to get an out and Frankfort capitalized on some of our mistakes,” Johnson said. “It seemed to me every time we hit the ball it went to them and every time they hit the ball it went away from us. Take nothing away from Frankfort, Frankfort is a very disciplined team.”

After beating Bear Lake in a district quarterfinal last week, the Portagers had Frankfort’s full attention.

“We prepared all week long for one game and it was the Onekama game,” Thompson said. “I knew that their pitcher was tough, I knew that they played good defense and I knew that we had to out-hit them.”

Eight different Portagers (12-16) combined for 11 hits. Jennica Mathieu went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Tawny Kott and Emily Bergren each had a hit and two RBIs while Elizabeth Bergren and Haley Kott both finished with two hits.

“One of my goals coming in was to be in and around every game,” said Johnson, who was in his first year on the job. “And, we did that this year. There were very few games we were not in. That’s an accomplishment for the girls.”

Onekama pitcher Emily Bergren (right) makes a throw to first to beat Frankfort’s Laura Maier during a district semifinal on Monday. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)


Posted by Matt Wenzel,
Manistee News Advocate
June 4, 2012

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