Onekama rebounds, sweeps Baldwin

Posted by Matt Wenzel, Manistee News Advocate

ONEKAMA — With Onekama’s baccalaureate scheduled for Thursday night, a doubleheader against Baldwin started early.

The Portagers made sure they wouldn’t be late by ending the West Michigan D League series early as well with a pair of mercy-rule wins against the Panthers.

Onekama won the opener 19-4 in four innings and took the second game 13-0 in five.

“These outings are always good for our confidence building and working on our game,” said Onekama coach Rob Johnson.

It also helped the Portagers (9-9, 3-5 WMD) bounce back from Monday’s losses to Bear Lake.

“We played really hard and we played as a team,” said Onekama senior Jennica Mathieu. “We came back and really showed what we’re made of.”

Onekama scored in every inning of the first game, with four in the first, third and fourth innings to go with a seven-run second. The Portagers pounded out 12 hits as Hailey Kott led the way with a 3-for-4 performance and three RBIs. Mathieu had a double and triple, Nicki Slater went 2-for-4 while Tawny Kott and Mikayla Johnson each had a hit and drove in a run.

Emily Bergren tossed two innings to get the win while striking out three and Kaitlin Kubiskey pitched the final two frames.

“We had a horrible day yesterday in Big Rapids,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilts said of a pair of losses to Crossroads. “We couldn’t do anything right — there wasn’t one good thing. But, we made a few good plays today. The defense looks a little better and we’re swinging the bat a little better than we were yesterday, so maybe it will start coming back to us now that we have to get tough because districts are just a week away.”

Onekama second baseman Elizabeth Bergren makes a throw to first for an out against Baldwin on Thursday. (Matt Wenzel / Manistee News Advocate)

Kaylor DeWitt got the win in the second game and allowed just three hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts. She had a no-hitter broken up in the fourth inning. “I’m very happy with Kaylor’s performance,” Johnson said. “She’s working hard.”

Onekama led 3-0 after three innings, then put seven on the scoreboard in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

Mathieu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, DeWitt tripled in a pair of runs and Slater, Elizabeth Bergren and Emily Bergren each had a hit and RBI.

“Our bats were here today,” Johnson said. “We bounced a couple off the fence and that’s always good.”

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