Monday, June 17

    North caps season with win over rival South

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    EASTLAKE–North earned a season split with rival South by beating the Rebels, 4-1, in the nightcap of the Captains Charities Classic at Classic Park on Saturday.

    The Rangers held a 2-0 lead before doubling it with a two-run fourth inning to secure a season split with the Rebels.

    “A two-nothing lead is very precarious,” said North head coach Mike Duncan. “When we were able to get a couple of more (runs) and push it to four, it certainly relaxed me quite a bit. I had a lot of confidence in Keagan (Marsch) on the mound, being able to shut (South) down pretty well. I started to feel comfortable once we got that four-run lead.”

    North scratched across one run in the bottom of the first when Andrew Gunton worked a two-out bases-loaded walk to bring home Devin Nix, who was hit by a pitch, but the Rebels escaped without further damage despite the bases full of Rangers.

    The Rangers loaded the bases again in the third when Sean Register walked and Ethan Grinstead and Gunton both were hit by a pitch. Jayden Teague drove in a run with a groundout.

    A two-run fourth gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead.

    Nix drew a leadoff walk and Jacob Breen singled with one out. Register’s groundout plated a run and Breen later stole third and scored on an error.

    South’s Nico Frizell drew a two-out walk in the sixth and scored on an RBI single.

    Marsch pitched out of that jam and despite an error in the seventh, limited the Rebels’ offensive output down the stretch.

    He allowed one unearned run on four hits and struck out six in a complete-game victory.

    “(Keagan) was in control the whole way,” Duncan said. “He was battling with several different pitches working for him today. When (South) got guys on base, it didn’t rattle him. Our defense booted a couple of balls behind him, and he just shrugged it off and kept pitching. The defense behind him was able to make a couple of nice plays behind him as he was getting tired; that helped him out.”

    Grinstead led North at the plate as he finished 1-for-1 with two walks. Ashton Richardson and Nix both finished 1-for-2 and Breen was 1-for-3.

    Register, Gunton, and Teague all picked up an RBI for North in the win.

    Andrew Schrenk led South by going 2-for-3 at the dish, while Aiden Collins provided the lone RBI as he went 1-for-3 at the plate.

    Frizell finished 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Gavin McArthur collected one hit for the Rebels.

    Gabe Hanslik started on the mound, earning the loss after working two innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits with four walks and four punchouts.

    Nick Barrus gave up one run on one hit with two walks and four strikeouts in two innings of relief.

    North will conclude its season at Bedford on May 20.

    Regardless of what happens in that game, the Ranger seniors picked up the win they wanted this season.

    “These seniors, I’ve coached them since they were freshmen, and they’re a great group of guys,” Duncan said of his senior class. “They will battle and fight to win ballgames. Winning this game here is really special. It’s always special to win here and to beat South. This is a really great feeling to go out with.”

    South’s season ends with the loss to North, the Rebels had plenty of highlights in an up-and-down spring.

    “It’s been a roller coaster of a year,” said South head coach Brian Pellegrini. “We started out slow; we got hot and then slowed down again. We started playing alright baseball heading into the end of the year. I’m proud of these guys and these seniors. I think the future should be pretty bring here at South.”





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