Mattawan holds Niles scoreless

Haley Hagen •
Mattawan first baseman AJ Walsh races the Niles batter to the bag for an out. The Wildcats easily disposed of the Vikings in a doubleheader sweep, 11-0 and 12-0 Haley Hagen photo

   The Mattawan baseball team claimed two easy wins over Niles last week. The Wildcats found success in the batter’s box early in both games, leading to two mercy rule shortened wins, 11-0 and 12-0.
   During their first at bat, Josh Swinehart hit a long single to bring in two runs for the Wildcats. The next batter, Kincaid Davenport, brought in Swinehart with a double to left field. Mattawan scored four runs in the first inning and continued to find the way around the bases in the second inning. Singles from Max Huntley and  Davenport tallied two more runs; and the Wildcats put the game away in the third inning when Kyle VanLiere pushed the score to 11-0 with a two-run homer.
   Mattawan finished the game with 10 hits and managed to stay error free. Pitching for Mattawan was Jake Urban who threw all five innings and did not allow a single hit, while striking out four.
   The second game was much of the same. The Wildcats got their bats swinging early on. Huntley led off with a solo homerun on the second pitch of the contest, as Mattawan went on to take an early six-run lead in the first inning, and never looked back.
   While the Wildcats held the Vikings scoreless, Davenport scored on an Ethan Feucht single to second base in the second inning, and the Wildcats added three runs in the third inning, and another in the fourth to end the game.
   Winning pitcher was Mattawan’s Carson Byers, who allowed only one hit, and struck out 10 batters.
   The Wildcats start District tournament play Saturday, when they play Portage Central in the semi-final round. Earlier in the season, they dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Mustangs. 


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