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Oilers can't catch a break, drop heartbreaker to Midland 3-2 WITH GALLERY

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BAY CITY Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

On Saturday afternoon the Mt. Pleasant High School baseball team closed the 2017 season out with a 3-2 district semifinal loss to Saginaw Valley League champion Midland in a game where the Oilers got no breaks.

But in the end that's the way baseball is, sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you get hit by the brakes.

"I felt like we outplayed them, outpitched them and out hit them," said Oiler coach Luke Epple, who rarely if ever gets too riled. "I'm proud of the way we fought till the end and had a chance to win it late. Midland just escaped with the win."

The Oilers (28-10) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Tommy Arends led off with a single and moved to second on Noah Ingram's sacrifice bunt. A Quinn Humphrey bunt single moved Arends to third and he scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. Austin Wetherbee then made it 2-0 with a single.

The Oilers then pushed the lead to 3-0 when Cam Mitchell's push bunt plated a run but Mitchell was called out for being out of the batter's box on the play. The out call came very late, actually after the run had already crossed the plate from second, which put the score back to 2-0.

Oiler right-hander Logan Buczkowski took a shutout into the seventh but walked the lead-off hitter and gave up a single to right, at which point he was pulled after reaching the 105-pitch maximum. Lefty Mitchell, who has had a great season, came in and was met with a sacrifice bunt which put runners at second and third with one out. A walk loaded the bases and the Chemics won it via a single on a bang-bang play at first followed by a single and a walk.

"It was like the strike zone suddenly changed," said Epple. "I thought Cam had a couple kids struck out a couple different times with pitches right down the middle."

The Oilers nearly won it in the bottom of the seventh as Jarrett Hovey led off with a single. After a fielder's choice by Zeek Barnett the Oilers loaded the bases with one out as Arends and Ingram singled. A line-drive by Humphrey was the final bad break of the day as it turned into a double play to end the game.

Last Updated: 6/3/2017 8:32:07 PM EST