Schoolcraft baseball continues losing streak
By James Paxson, Sports Editor
The Michigan weather hasn’t been kind to the Ocelots the past week. Due to the heavy rains and weather conditions, two double headers have been postponed (March 24 against Rochester College and March 31against Cleary University). The team is looking to snap their four game losing streak but will have to wait until Mother Nature cooperates.
The last games the Ocelots played were on March 18 when they traveled to Ohio for a doubleheader against Owens Community College.
Starting pitcher for game one was right-handed freshman Amedeo Apolloni.
Owens jumped to a quick lead of 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. By the third inning the Express added four runs and one more in the fourth inning making it 6-0 at the end of four innings. The Ocelots struggled at the plate until the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning the Ocelots bats came alive with a run batted in from Darius Fluellin. Schoolcraft captured two runs in the fifth inning, one run in the sixth inning and one final run in the seventh inning. Despite the comeback effort, the Ocelots fell to the Express, 6-4.
The Ocelots looked to rebound from the game one loss in game two but the outcome was the same. The Ocelots were limited to a total of two hits before Owens hit the mercy rule and shortened the contest to only five innings handing the team a 10-0 loss., The Ocelots had trouble hitting the ball all game.
Despite the 3-10 record the team knows they are a better than what their record indicates. The team is confident they will continue to improve as this season progresses.
“We can get better by pushing each other at practice. At every position we have skilled players and if they improve the team will keep getting better,” said freshman outfielder Jared Marendi.
Head Coach Rob Fay echoed Marendi’s comments regarding improving, “We are a new team and we do not have a lot of experience, the more experience the team gets the better we will become.”
Ocelots get swept by Cleary
Schoolcraft lost a double header to host Cleary Universities Junior Varsity team on March 17 in Howell, Michigan. Christian Mercure got the nod for game one as the starting pitcher. The game was a back and forth scoring match with both teams tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Cleary’s bats got hot capturing ten runs in one half inning to mercy Schoolcraft 12-2 and end the game in five innings.
The team continued to struggle in the second game, which ended in a 12-3 loss. Cleary jumped to an early 4-0 lead before the third inning and continued to pad their lead as the game progressed. Despite going all seven innings, Schoolcraft couldn’t keep up with the Express’s offensive power.
“Every game we have one bad inning that seems to hurt us and if we got rid of that inning we would be in better shape,” said by freshman catcher Nick Romanowski.
Schoolcraft is scheduled to play a double header at St. Clair County on April 5 starting at 2 p.m. and then will return home on April 8 and face Lorain County CC at 2 p.m. For stats, team schedule and rosters go to mccaa.org.