Local Sports Journal
The Fremont Packers tallied 29 hits and swept a nonleague baseball doubleheader from the North Muskegon Norsemen on Thursday.
Fremont won the opener 9-1 and the nightcap 16-15. In the second game, the Packers battled back from an 11-2 deficit after one inning to earn the sweep.
In the opener, Fremont’s Christian Wade picked up the win with 4 2/3 innings of one-run work. He allowed three hits, striking out two and walking four.
The Packers (4-2-1), who had 14 hits, did most of their damage in a five-run first inning highlighted by Blake Siersema’s two-run double.
Overall, the Packers were led by Donovan Locke, who had two doubles, a single and two runs while Jesse Fuller had three singles and two RBI. Luke Spotts had two singles, and Siersema added a single and one more RBI to go along with his first inning double. Wade and Mike Powles each added a double.
NM managed just four hits, including doubles by Reese McCamant and Adrian Anderson.
In the nightcap, it looked like the Norse (8-5) would turn the tables as they jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first inning, but the Packers kept chipping away. Anderson had two run-scoring doubles in the first inning while both Jesse Dunn and Riley Draper had two-run singles.
The big inning for the Packers was nine-run fifth inning, which gave Fremont a 14-12 lead. That inning was highlighted by Blake Locke’s bases-clearing double.
However, North Muskegon would score three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead 15-14.
The Packers would score twice in the top of the sixth with the wining run scoring on a ground out.
The Packers’ 15-hit barrage was led by Donovan Locke’s 4-for-5 performance. He had a double, four runs and two RBI. Siersema had three singles, and Powles had two-run homer and a single. Blake Locke added a double and three RBI. Spotts scored three runs.
For the Norse, who had 16 hits, Anderson had three hits, three runs and two RBI while Dunn had a triple, a double, a single, three runs and three RBI. Draper had a single, a double, two runs and three RBI.
Rogan McEvoy, Chris Hillman and Chase Cooke each had two singles for the Norse. McEvoy added two runs, and Stephen Pallante had a double.