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Chargers down visiting Tractors in five innings

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When it rains it pours.

The Inter-City boys’ baseball team had to wait for 45 minutes as a rainstorm passed through Allen Park Friday, but once the game started the Chargers’ offense poured it on against Fordson defeating the Tractors 15-5 in five innings.

The Chargers (8-3, 5-3) scored early and often. Nine of the first ten Inter-City batters reached base as the team rebounded from giving up three early runs in the top half of the first inning to score seven themselves in the bottom half.

Inter-City manager Bob Radu said it was a relief to play a non-league game, which provided his bench the opportunity to gain some valuable experience for the upcoming district playoffs.

“We use these non-league games to get ready for our league, which is in fact the number one league in the state,” said Radu. “The goal is to look at new pitchers, which we did, and we got everyone in the game, everyone in the field and everyone batted at least once.”

Several Chargers players had big days at the plate.

Garrett Kraatz had two hits and three RBI while also pitching three innings. Older brother Evan Kraatz went 3-4 at the dish, and both Luke Barber and Brady Fressel had run scoring triples.

Fordson came into the game with only one win on the year, but the Tractors came out of the gate swinging the bats as well.

Mo Zahra led off the game with a rocket down the left field that went for a double off of Chargers starter Fressel. Subhi Soh scored him with a single through the box and Hussein Chehab had a 2-RBI single later in the first inning to give the Tractors an early 3-0 lead, but Inter-City proved to be too much scoring seven runs in both the first and fourth innings.

Fordson fell to 1-9 with the loss and will play Robichaud on Monday. Inter-City will play Grosse Ile in a double-header tomorrow at home.

Last Updated: 5/10/2014 12:58:03 AM EST