Blake Blanchard started against Sturgis in the opening game of a Wolverine Conference twinbill. The Bulldogs lost both games, dropping their record to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the division.

Bulldogs drop twinbill to Sturgis

Jason Wesseldyk

Otsego appeared to have Sturgis starter Tristen Stewart on the ropes early in the opening game of a Wolverine Conference East doubleheader on Friday, April 24.
But appearances can be deceiving. And in this case they were.
Despite threatening for a big rally in the first inning against Stewart, the Bulldogs were forced to settle for one run. Stewart didn’t give them many more chances, allowing just one run over the final six innings as the Trojans posted the 4-2 win.
“I thought we played a solid game, but didn’t take advantage of some opportunities on offense, especially in the first inning,” Otsego coach Matt Eldred said. “We had a chance to really open it up and we didn’t capitalize. Give credit to Sturgis and Stewart for settling down and working out of the first inning jam.”
Blake Blanchard pitched all six innings for Otsego, giving up four runs—two earned—on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
At the plate, Cade Bosch was 2-for-2 with two runs, while Sawyer Hess singled.
“I was happy with how we were ready to compete coming off a lengthy bus ride,” Eldred said. “Clayton Beaird continues to make some real nice plays in the outfield. In fact, our entire outfield has been making some good plays out there over the past several games.”
Game two wasn’t nearly as close, with Sturgis going up 6-0 after two innings en route to the 10-0 victory in six innings.
“As ready as we were in game one, I was looking forward to a real competitive second game,” Eldred said. “That was not the case. We had some physical and mental breakdowns and Sturgis took advantage of most of them.”
Sam Morgan started and took the loss, while Will Hatfield and Matt Sutterfield accounted for the only Otsego hits.

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 30 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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