2018-04-16 / Sports

Broncos baseball cruises past LakeVille, Clio

By Sports Staff

North Branch’s Colton Maher releases a pitch during the Broncos’ doubleheader sweep against Lakeville on Thursday. 
Photo by Lisa Paine North Branch’s Colton Maher releases a pitch during the Broncos’ doubleheader sweep against Lakeville on Thursday. Photo by Lisa Paine NORTH BRANCH — The Broncos are off to a hot start on the season, sitting at 4-0 after sweeping LakeVille in a doubleheader on Thursday at North Branch. The Broncos set aside LakeVille in a 10-0 shutout in the early game and an 11-3 win in the nightcap.

The Broncos were off to a slow start, holding just a 1-0 lead through four innings. It wasn’t until the fifth that North Branch finally got the bats swinging and drove in six runs and added another three in the sixth to end the game.

Colton Maher threw for five innings, allowing zero runs and one hit while fanning nine. Wylie Swoish, Quinten Dorner and Kaden Maynard each had two hits and two RBI on the game.

In the late game, LakeVille grabbed a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but North Branch fired back to go ahead 2-1 by the end of the inning. The Broncos then drove in five in the third and one in the fourth. The Falcons added one in the fifth and one in the sixth as North Branch added three in the fifth for an 11-3 win over LakeVille.

Braden Kronz was on the mound for four innings for North Branch, giving up just three hits, one run and one walk while sitting down five. Nate Farnsworth led from the plate, racking up three hits and two RBI. Maher also had three hits and an RBI. Gerrid Rutledge added a pair of hits and two RBI. Swoish drove in a pair of runs on one hit.

On Wednesday, North Branch opened the season with a pair of wins over Clio. The Broncos took the first game 3-0 and the late game 7-3.

North Branch got on the board first with a pair of runs in the fourth and added the final run in the seventh. Maynard opened the game on the mound, going 3.1 innings and allowing no hits or walks while fanning seven. Scott Helton came in for relief to finish out the game.

Chandler Russell, Rutledge, Dorner, Farnsworth, Helton and Kronz all recorded hits on the game.

The bats were swinging early in the second game with North Branch grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first and 3-1 in the second. The Broncos then added a run in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings while Clio had a run in the sixth and seventh. Brady Good took the hill for 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.

Farnsworth, Swoish and Russell had two hits apiece. Good added one and an RBI.

“Games were much closer than the scores appeared at the end. We just couldn’t come through with the big hit and all of the momentum changing plays were made by North Branch. They are, once again, a very solid club,” said LakeVille coach Drew Johnson.

For LakeVille, Noah Weiss had three hits with a double on the night, Collin Harris had two hits and an RBI. Nick Bader threw four innings allowing one hit and zero runs in the first game. Dakota Lehman had a triple in the second game.

North Branch hosted Goodrich on Friday following press deadlines and travels to Frankenmuth on Wednesday.— K.R./L.P.

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