Weather has played havoc with the Flying G’s schedule this year wiping out seven of the twelve scheduled games so far. Even so they have still played a tough schedule. Three of the games that they have been able to play were against ranked teams. They lost a pair of games to Standish-Sterling earlier in the season. The Panthers are the eighth ranked team in Division 3 and on April 26 they got a crack at the Number 1 team in Division 4, Beal City.
The Aggies came to town undefeated with a 4-0, which included wins over Clare and Evart. The conditions on Tuesday were far from ideal. It was cold and a wet snow had been falling, but the teams were able to get the first game in.
Beal City struck first in the top of the third scoring two runs on two hits and an error. Gladwin got one run back in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Mead walked with one out and advanced to third when Seth Mead was hit by a pitch, and Gage Cingano walked. Connor Dee then singled driving in Lucas Mead. Beal City got out of the bases loaded jam when Cayden Smith struck out the next two batters.
The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth, which was going to be the last inning due to the weather. After a ground out to start the inning Lincoln McKinnon doubled bringing Dee to the plate. He drove a 1-1 pitch from Smith over the left field fence for a two-run home run giving the Flying G’s the walk off victory, 3-2.
Dee had two hits and all three RBIs. Lucas Mead, McKinnon and Kaden McDonald also had hits. McKinnon and Cingano split the pitching duties. McKinnon threw the first two and two third innings giving up one hit and one run while striking out one. Cingano got the win in relief going the last two and a third giving up two hits and one run.
Gladwin opened Jack Pine Conference play last week with a sweep of Harrison, 23-0 and 12-0. The Flying G’s scored 16 runs in the top of the first to put the Hornets in a huge hole. Gladwin collected 10 hits, including a pair of Lucas Mead doubles in the inning. Seven more runs on six hits in the second put the game totally out of reach.
Lucas Mead had three hits and four RBIs in the game. Randy Pyrzewski also had three hits for Gladwin. McKinnon, Dee, Brady Gehrett and Caleb Searfoss had two hits. Sean Mead had five RBIs in the game; Searfoss had four, McKinnon, Dee, Przyewski and Gehrett each had two. Lucas Mead and Kaden McDonald combined to throw a no hitter for Gladwin. Mead worked the first two innings and McDonald pitched the third.
The second game lasted four innings. Gladwin scored three runs in the first, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth while holding Harrison scoreless once again. McKinnon pitched the first four innings and Dee the fifth to shut out the Hornets.
Lucas Mead led Gladwin with two hits and three RBIs. Gehrett and Searfoss each had two hits; Andrew Gary and Searfoss had two RBIs. The Flying G’s are 5-2 on the season, 2-0 in the Jack Pine Conference. They traveled to Clare last night will play at Meridian on Thursday.