MCBAIN — Jeffrey Huber put on a clinic for the Manistee baseball team in the first game as the Chippewas split Friday’s non-conference doubleheader in McBain.
Huber gave up just one hit and struck out 11 in four innings on the hill in the opener. Keegan Shannon finished the game in relief and had three strikeouts in a 10-0 shutout victory.
Manistee lost the nightcap, 8-7.
The Chippewas had seven hits by seven different batters. Eli Workman finished with two runs batted in and two runs scored, and Donavyn Kirchinger also drove in a pair of runs.
Ethan Edmondson, Huber and Miles Joseph each drove in one run.
A big six-run second inning pretty much sealed the deal for the Chippewas in the opener. But they added two more in the fourth inning.
In the nightcap, Manistee jumped out to an early 4-2 lead after one and had a 5-3 edge in the top of the third before the Ramblers rallied to pull into a 5-5 tie with two in the bottom half.
After the Chippewas regained the lead, 7-5, with two runs in the top of the fourth, McBain again came back to score one in the fifth and two in the sixth to pull out the win.
Huber had three hits to lead Manistee at the plate. He drove in one run and scored three times. Edmondson drove in a pair on two hits, and he scored a run. Adam Workman had two RBI and Tyler Protasiewicz one.
Manistee used three pitchers in the game – Huber, Eli Workman and Mason Robinson. Huber struck out three.
The Chippewas are next in action Saturday at Elk Rapids in another non-conference twinbill.