CHEBOYGAN – The district may be approaching, but you know what?
The Cheboygan baseball team feels like a regular season like a team in the country now.
On Thursday, the Chiefs added an excellent baseball campaign, dominating strong rivals Rogers City with 8-2 and 10-0 wins at home.
“He’s really not in a hurry to get into the postseason, so I feel like I’ve enjoyed all of this for a long time,” Cheboygan coach Kevin Baller said. “It was a really good tune-up against a team that was in Division 4. (Rogers City) swung the bat well. It wasn’t easy for him against Henry (Stempky) and Daniel (Wilcome), but they fought. He played football, but we played well behind Danny and Henry, and we did well as well.
“I think he’s still very happy with baseball.”
Stempky set the tone on the mound in one game, pitching a full six-inning game with 10 strikeouts, three hits allowed and three runs. Wilcome followed in the nightcap by placing number four in his career. Wilcome’s five rounds of work included 10 strikes and only one run.
Tyler Balazovic led the Chiefs offense in game one, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Henry Stempky, who hammered a solo home run, tallied two hits and two RBIs, while Jacob Jankoviak had two hits and two RBIs, and Dylan Balazovic and Eli Couture finished with two hits. Cole Hudson and Caleb Blaskowski chiped in with each hit.
Stempky, who has the team’s top three hits in two games, doubled three times and lost in three rounds. Jankoviak added two hits, including a double, and drove on two runs, Wilcome finished with two hits and an RBI, Matt Bur doubled and had an RBI, and Dylan Balazovic recorded a hit.
Cheboygan increased his record to 28-3-1 this season. During the last two campaigns, the Chiefs are a 52-15-2 combined.
Cheboygan completed the regular season with the non-conference twins in Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday, May 31st.
Softball took two of the Hurons in the regular season finals
CHEBOYGAN-In one last tune-up before the postseason, the Cheboygan softball team extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 9-2 and 5-3 victory over Rogers City at home to a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday.
A 3-for-4 hit performance from Kaitlyn Penfield encouraged the Chiefs (24-7) in the opening. Marley Couture and Shayla LaVigne each went 2-for-3 with doubles, while Cheyanne Friday, Emerson Eustice, Libby VanFleet, Amelia Johnson, Cesley Stranaly and Jackie Seaman each recorded hits.
Eustice was Cheboygan’s winning pitcher, striking out nine, allowing five hits and running four in six rounds of work.
Eustice went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Chiefs in the nightcap. VanFleet, Penfield, Johnson and Couture scored every hit.
VanFleet picked up a win on the mound, striking out six, running five and allowing two hits.
While Cheboygan coach Mike LaLonde was happy with the win, he believes his team didn’t click on Thursday.
“I really think we can beat the ball better, but we got two wins tonight,” LaLonde said. “Tonight we were a little lazy for some reason. They weren’t quite in that game. I don’t know if they’ve graduated or what, but I’m a little concerned. We’ll be back for training there and getting ready for the up district in Marquette.
“I know girls can play better.”
Cheboygan travels to Marquette for the Division 2 district first -round match Tuesday at 4 p.m.