Lake Fenton — The Linden varsity baseball team battled to a scoreless tie with the Goodrich Martians in the two teams’ D2 district championship game held at Lake Fenton High School on Monday.
One of the teams were going to need a break to end the deadlock. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Goodrich got that break, eventually winning the district title by a heartbreaking 1-0 verdict.
Goodrich opened its sixth inning harmlessly enough. Linden starting pitcher John Miller got the first two batters out, creating a two-out bases-empty situation. However, the next batter, Colby Phipps, reached base on a Linden error. Josh Belanger walked and Brayden Raether followed with the go-ahead RBI-single, giving the Martians a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Linden’s offense was unable to get a runner beyond third base. The Eagles almost got a runner to home in the fourth. Ben King singled, stole second and moved to third on a flyout.
However, on a strike out King tried to score from third, but was thrown out at the plate. The only other time Linden had a runner on third base was in the first inning. With two out, Colby Kohmescher singled and Luke Kinney singled as well. A double-steal put runners on second and third, but a fly out ended the inning.
Linden earned a spot in the title match by beating Lake Fenton 3-0 in the district semifinals on Saturday. Travis Klocek tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball to earn the victory.
Against Goodrich, Miller was almost just as effective as Klocek was on Saturday. He allowed three hits and a hit batter in the first two innings, but then allowed just two hits and two walks over the last five innings. The only run he allowed, of course, was unearned.
The Eagles had just four hits. King had two singles while Kohmescher and Kinney also had singles.