Fennville falls to Schoolcraft in regional semifinal contest
Tone set the tone with his bat and his arm in Fennville’s Division 3 regional semifinal baseball contest with Schoolcraft on Saturday, June 11.
In the top of the first inning, Schoolcraft’s Cody Tone laced a run-scoring double to give his team the quick 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, he took the mound against the Blackhawks and worked around a pair of one-out singles by striking out the next two batters to keep the score at 2-0.
Tone finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate and scattered four hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in a complete-game effort to lead the Eagles to the 9-1 win at Fennville’s expense.
The regional appearance was the first for Fennville since 1985.
“Other than Pullins from Coloma, I would say Tone was the best pitcher we faced this season,” Fennville coach Steve Peterson said. “He had a live fastball and a great change up with a pretty good curveball, too.”
Peterson viewed Tone working out of the two-on, one-out jam in the opening inning as an early turning point.
“The game might have been a little different if we were able to plate a run in the first inning,” he said. “We were able to get the back-to-back hits by (Matthew) Sanchez and (Aaron) Scovill, but Tone came back and struck out our next two hitters on six pitches to end the early threat.”
Both of Schoolcraft’s first-inning runs were unearned.
Scovill started on the mound for Fennville and, after walking leadoff batter Noah Anspaugh following an 8-pitch battle, retired the next batter on a flyball. But an error on a ball off the bat of Caleb Anspaugh allowed Noah Anspaugh to score the game’s first run.
Scovill regrouped to retire the next batter for the second out, but then Tone stepped to the plate and connected for his double to make it a 2-0 Schoolcraft lead.
The Eagles added two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Fennville, meanwhile, pushed its lone run across the plate in the bottom of the third. After reaching base via a fielder’s choice, Sanchez moved to second on a walk by Scovill and took third on a walk to Ethan Fazer. He later scored on a passed ball.
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