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Gibraltar Carlson's Page Flat Rock's Page All Baseball StoriesThe Gibraltar Carlson baseball team swept a pair of non-league games on Friday, beating host Flat Rock 7-0 and 9-3 in back-to-back games of a twi-night doubleheader. In the opener, the Marauders (6-9, 3-6) broke a scoreless tie with the Rams (2-10, 0-6) in the third inning and went up 2-0 after Kyle Howard and Zach Kohn crossed the plate. After reaching base with a walk each, Howard and Kohn advanced into a scoring position by a stolen base and a passed ball. Howard eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Alejandro Torres and Kohn crossed the plate after a Carlson error. Four innings later Kohn showed off more heads-up base running. He reached first with a walk, advanced on two wild pitches and then took advantage of a throwing error to score his team’s third run. Rams’ coach Chris Elliott said his squad’s failure to execute in the field led to its demise on Friday, especially against a well-coached team like the Marauders. “Carlson always comes prepared,” Elliott said. “(Coach Chad Liptow’s) got a great staff that knows the game of baseball. They made the plays, and we didn’t is what it came down to.” The Marauders put the game out of reach in the seventh inning, as they scored four runs to go up 7-0. Antonio Hollis had the big hit of the inning for Carlson, with a single that drove in two runs. On the mound, Kyle Francek was dominant for the Marauders. The junior hurler threw 75 pitches, allowed only three hits, while striking out five, to lead the Marauders to the 7-0 victory. In the nightcap, under the lights, Flat Rock got on the board first with a double from Brendan Miller, which scored Kevin Fritz. An RBI double in the fourth inning by Carlson’s Alex Feko tied the game, as he drove in Hollis, who had reached with a single. The bottom of the fourth inning featured a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play by the Rams’ Greg Simpson, which gave his team a 3-1 lead. With runners on second and third, he bunted to the right side of the infield. Carlson was unable to cleanly field it and both runners, who were off on the pitch, crossed the plate. However, it was a lead that wouldn’t last for long. Carlson exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning; with the key hit being a three-run double by Howard. Also coming up with a fifth-inning RBI hit was Hollis, who finished the game 3-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored. Hollis said the Marauders were angry about losing the lead in the fourth inning and players were determined to quickly do something about it at the plate. “(Momentum) was swinging their way after that inning, but when we came in we were all pretty (mad) and we came out clubbing,” Hollis said. With two more runs in the sixth, Carlson went up 9-3. Flat Rock was unable to respond and the Marauders wrapped up their second win of the day. Coming into the game, the Carlson offense had been struggling. On Wednesday, the team scored only two runs total in a doubleheader against Taylor Kennedy. To rebound from what has been an up and down season, Marauders’ coach Chad Liptow said his team has to build on Friday’s strong offensive performance. “We put the ball in play, we swung the bats pretty well,” Liptow said. “We need to find a way to be consistent like that every day.” Up next for the Marauders is a home game on Monday against Downriver League foe Melvindale. Flat Rock is at home again on Monday and will be playing a Huron League game against Monroe Jefferson.
The Marauders outscored the Flat Rock Rams 16-3 in a pair of non-league games on Friday evening in Flat Rock.
BASEBALL: Marauders sweep Rams in non-league double header
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