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Allen Park clubs Huron in crossover action

Troy Konwinski is acquainted with winning. After all, 'win' is in his name.

In a non-league game against Huron on Tuesday, the designated hitter went 5-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored and an RBI to pace Allen Park's 15-7 rout.

With the chase for the Downriver League crown winding to its end, Allen Park Coach Glen Gulliver was happy to get players at-bats against Huron.

"You get to play other guys that don't get to play, but (we) started out very sloppy though," he said. "You gotta be able to make plays. They made five errors, we probably made five too, three it says. It was just sloppy, but that's what you get non-league.

"At least we were out here in the weather seeing balls, that's what it's all about."

Allen Park wasted no time at the plate, scoring five runs off two errors and three hits in the first inning. Huron clawed back behind the bats of Mark Cash and Elijah Scott, tying the game at 6-6 after three innings. Cash went 3-for-4 at the dish with two RBIs and a run scored. Scott went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Like Gulliver, Huron Coach Dan Kalbfleisch was excited to take the field for a non-league tune-up.

"It's a non-league game, we went out to get some work and we got it," he said. "We got our at-bats, we hit the ball; I mean, we had 15 hits."

With the game tied, the Jaguars' bats exploded for three runs in fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Konwinski crossed the plate in each of those innings.

Conner Devoe allowed six runs and struck out five batters in five innings of work for the Jaguars. In two innings of relief, JT Nester allowed only one run and managed to quiet Huron's late-inning comeback bid.

Joey Pejlan went 3-for-5 at the plate. A pair of two-run singles in the fifth and sixth innings by the third baseman sealed Allen Park's win.

Kyle Roberts scored three runs for the Jaguars, while Mike Bradford crossed the plate twice.

Huron starter Adam James allowed nine runs in five innings pitched. He struck out two batters before Tyler Keller took over on the mound in the sixth inning.

Allen Park (9-10, 4-4) enters the thick of the Downriver League schedule. The Jaguars face Carlson, Trenton, and Wyandotte over the next three days.

"Everybody's got a few losses, so everything's still close," Gulliver said. "With all these games in a row coming up, they're all important right now. You gotta win right now to stay in it."

Huron (6-9, 2-4) returns to action on Wednesday against cross-town rival Flat Rock.

After a win against Milan on Monday, Kalbfleisch likes his team entering the Huron League's stretch run.

"We're in a good place. We're fine," he said. "I'm not too concerned about a Tuesday against Allen Park. We beat Milan yesterday and I want to make sure we're ready to play Flat Rock tomorrow. We gotta clean a few things up, but we're in the right place."

Last Updated: 5/6/2014 8:34:12 PM EST

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