Runs abound in seniors’ games


Baseball fans saw no shortage of runs scored in last week’s Friend seniors’ games.

The Jaguars hosted Geneva July 5 for a double header that saw the Sharks win 17-15 and 14-10. Then July 7, the Jags hosted Tri County and saw final scores of 21-11 and 25-24, both games going TC’s way.

Friend stayed with Geneva in game one July 5 and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning. Both teams scored five in the first. The Sharks put up four in the second and held Friend to two. Friend scored one in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh.

Both teams finished with 12 hits.

Truman Milton went 3-5 for Friend and drove in two runs. Jacob Weber and Mark Milton were both 2-5 with two RBIs, and Chase Paulsen was 2-4 with an RBI. Jordan Lawver also drove in two runs, and Dayton Kremer picked up one run batted in.

Mason Vossler and Kremer both pitched for Friend, with Vossler going four innings and striking out three. Kremer threw three innings with five strikeouts.

Friend outhit Geneva in the second game 9-7, but the Sharks were able to hold on for the win despite a late Friend rally.

Geneva led 14-4 going in to the bottom of the fourth. Friend scored three runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to cut into the lead but couldn’t fight all the way back.

Paulsen, Breckan Schluter, Weber and Kremer had two hits each. Schluter hit a double and a tiple and drove in three runs to lead the Jags. Weber also hit a double.

Sparks from July 4 carried into Friend’s doubleheader against Tri County July 7. The teams combined for 81 runs in the two games.

Game one finished with a 21-11 score in Tri County’s favor. Friend outhit the visitors 14-10 with Vossler and Mason Semler notching three hits each. Weber and Semler drove in two runs apiece.

Game two went back and forth, and Friend had the tying run at second when the game ended.

Tri County opened with 10 runs in the top of the first, but Friend answered with seven of its own. The Jags sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame and recorded three hits and five walks.

Friend scored a run in the second to make the score 10-8 and then took the lead in the third. After TC scored five in the inning, Friend crossed the plate nine times for a 17-15 lead.

Both team scored two in the fourth, then TC put up four in the fifth and held Friend to two to tie the score at 21-21.

Tri County added four in the sixth.

Friend rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Paulsen and Schluter hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After a fielder’s choice from Weber loaded the bases, Paulsen scored on a wild pitch with Truman Milton at the plate. Schluter and Weber advanced a base, and Schluter scored on Milton’s ground out. Weber took third on the play and scored on a passed ball to make the score 25-24.

Friend (2-11) is next in action Saturday, July 20, at home against Utica-Beaver Crossing at 7 p.m.