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Sharks show some moxie, fall late to Pinconning WITH GALLERY

The first pitch of the game was belted to the wall in center field for a double.

A walk followed by three-straight RBI hits made it 3-0 before the second out of the first inning was even recorded.

In short the start to Saturday's Division 3 regional baseball semifinal between St. Louis and Pinconning was lightning-quick and it played heavily to the Spartans' favor. Yet, in the end, the Sharks showed plenty of moxie as they chipped away and made a game of it before Pinconning sealed it late via a five run sixth en route to a 12-7 victory and a spot in the regional finale where they took on Hemlock.

"What I liked about that game was that we didn't stop playing even after we were down early," said St. Louis coach Rollie Carman, whose team was down 6-0 after two frames and came storming back to make a game of it. "It was 6-0 in the second inning without a hard-hit ball. The difference to me is they made a couple plays that we didn't make."

Again, after trailing 6-0 in the second inning after three-straight Pinconning bloop singles, the Sharks (23-14) didn't buckle. Rather, they rallied and made the Spartans sweat a bit.

In the bottom of the third Mic Munderloh singled and a walk put runners on first and second for Marcus Beeson, who reached on a single to load the sacks. An RBI walk to Dean Bailey made it 6-1 before Jayce Kuehnlein drove in two with a single to make it 6-3. One inning later Munderloh singled and moved to second on a throwing error. He scored on a Dylan McCloskey RBI single to make it 6-4 and at this point it appeared the Sharks had all the momentum. After Pinconning took a 7-4 lead in the fifth the Sharks loaded the sacks for Joe Smith in the bottom half of the frame.

Smith belted a full-count liner the opposite way into left field where the Pinconning outfielder made a nice running catch to end the frame. Had the ball been 10 feet one way or another the game could have been tied.

Pinconning put the closing touches on the game in the final two frames by scoring five times.

Kuehnlein led the offense with three hits in the game while Munderloh added in two.

Last Updated: 6/10/2017 5:43:55 PM EST