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Country Day ends Algonac's run with shutout in regional semifinal WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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A week after Algonac’s magical run to a district title, the Muskrats’ luck ran out.

After claiming the program’s first district championship in 2011 on June 3, Algonac was shut out 4-0 by Detroit Country Day in the Region 16 semifinal Saturday at Marysville High School.

“We came through last week, we just weren’t able to come through this week,” Algonac head coach Scott Thaler said. “You can’t do much more as a coach, but to get the kids opportunities.”

There wasn’t one big inning that blew the game open, but the Yellowjackets made the most of their opportunities, cashing in for a single run on four different occasions.

Country Day pitcher Steve Mann did the rest.

Mann allowed five hits in six shutout innings, striking out 11 and walked two. Algonac was tentative at the plate in crucial moments, stranding eight baserunners.

“Some kids, in big spots can really step up, and others freeze,” Thaler said. “I can’t wrap my heads around that one. We were chasing the count for sure.

“We talked all year about getting into hitters’ counts, and we didn’t do as well as I would have liked with that.”

Jagger Geck suffered the loss, surrendering four runs — three earned — on eight hits over six innings. He fanned five and walked one.

The Yellowjackets scored once in the bottom of the first inning, and added insurance runs in the third, fourth and sixth.

“They started to tee off late,” Thaler said of the Country Day hitters. “But for the most part, I thought he did a nice job keeping them off balance.”

Parker Pilat went 3 for 3, including a pair of doubles, with two RBIs to lead the Yellowjacket offense. Pilat doubled home the first run of the game with two outs in the first and did so again in the third to make it a 2-0 game.

Taj Abdur-Rahman’s one-out double in the bottom of the fourth extended the lead to 3-0; John Barnwell’s sacrifice fly in the sixth capped the scoring.

Algonac had a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the fourth, and again in the sixth, but came away empty handed both times.

Anthony Lupo was the lone Muskrat to record a multi-hit day, going 2 for 3 in the loss. Luke Stephenson went 1 for 2, on a double, with a walk.

“One day of baseball can go either way,” Thaler said. “To have the opportunity to play against them, battle with them and match them hit-for-hit…I’m very proud of them.”

Algonac ends its season at 17-21-1; Country Day advanced to the regional championship where it would eventually fall to Macomb Lutheran North.

Last Updated: 6/12/2017 9:29:24 AM EST