Swanton got all the run support they needed in the first four innings as they defeated Holgate 6-1 in a home ACME baseball game Thursday.
“It wasn’t bad,” said a pleased Bulldog coach Chris Lake after the game. “We are doing pretty good this season. I mean it’s summer ball, we are just trying to have a good time.”
The Bulldogs got a run in each of the first two innings. In the first, Hunter Mix led off the frame with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Tommy Chonko singled, then stole both second and third in the bottom of the second. After Carter Swank worked a walk, he was thrown out trying to steal second, but it allowed Chonko to come home to put the margin at 2-0.
Swanton starting pitcher Wyatt Lake kept Holgate at bay in the first three innings before giving way to the bullpen. He allowed just three hits and struck out two in his three innings of work.
Michael Lawniczak walked and stole second in the home half of the third, then a Derek Floyd fly out advanced him to third. Zach Bloom followed with an RBI single which put the score at 3-0.
Wyatt Lake then worked a walk, Chonko reached on a fielder’s choice that got Bloom out at third, and Swank’s double plated Wyatt Lake for the fourth Swanton run.
Swanton’s Roman Epley relieved Wyatt Lake on the mound in the top of the fourth, where he got a ground out and a pair of punchouts to set the Tigers down in order.
The Dogs added a pair in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-run triple off the bat of Lawniczak that scored Billy Nowakowski and Epley.
Epley’s turn on the mound didn’t last long, however, as he complained of arm soreness after hitting a pair of batters to begin the fifth inning. Mix replaced him and although one of those hit batters came around to score on a wild pitch, Mix enticed a ground out and two strikeouts to limit the damage at one run.
“The great thing about this group of kids is, we can just roll out one pitcher after another,” said coach Lake of his team’s pitching effort. “There is probably about six kids that legitimately could just be starting pitchers and can go out and throw. It’s nice. I’m confident with everybody we put on the mound that they are gonna throw strikes.”
Jayde Kruzel went the final two innings, allowing no runs on three hits with one strikeout.
Swanton is now 7-0 in ACME play after the win over the Tigers. Coach Lake equates team chemistry to the success of the Bulldogs this summer.
“There is a core group of kids that have played together on and off since they were 10 years old,” he said. “Those kids have just been brought up in the game. They have just spent a lot of time together over the years.
“They know each other well. They know where everybody’s gonna be and they just play hard.”
Swanton next hosts Patrick Henry Tuesday and Pettisville on Thursday. Both games are slated to start at 6 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010