Mt. Pleasant, MI:
The Saginaw Sugar Beets (1-1) put up 9-runs in the sixth inning en route to the first win in franchise history, a 10-8 victory over the St. Clair Green Giants (1-1) at Theunissen stadium on the campus of Central Michigan University tonight.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth, the Sugar Beets busted the game wide open when Noah Marcoux (Davenport University) drove in Adam Proctor (MSU) and Connor Charping (WMU) with a 2-RBI single to start a rally and take a 3-2 lead with just 1-out in the bottom of the sixth.
Marcoux then moved to third on a single by Brady Wood (Adrian) and scored on an RBI-single by Z-Michael Westley (SVSU) to extend the Beets' lead to 4-2, while Ryan Robinette (Lawrence Tech) followed by driving in Wood, as Ryan Missal (WMU) then drove in Westley with an RBI-single for a 6-2 lead, still with just 1-out in the sixth.
Gaosh Williams (CMU) kept the rally going with a walk and Charping followed with an RBI-single to drive in Robinette, before Cooper Marshall (WMU) drove in Missal and Williams with a 2-RBI double, which led to Charping scoring (his second run of the inning) on a wild pitch with Marcoux batting (for the second time in the inning) for a 10-2 Saginaw lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
St. Clair had jumped out to an early lead when RF Gibson Krzeminski scored after second baseman Mitchell Moralez reached on an infield error for a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, before adding to its lead when first baseman Harrison Jones drove in third baseman Brady Dorn with an RBI-double for a 2-0 Green Giants lead in the top of the fourth inning.
The Beets managed to get on the board when Wood had led off the fifth with a walk then scored when Robinette drove him in on an RBI-single to make it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Former Millington standout (current CMU pitcher) Brandon Reed (1-0, 1.50 ERA) looked very good, earning the first win in Sugar Beets history after giving up just 1-earned run on 4-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 7-batters through 6-innings tonight.
Saginaw relievers Jordan Williams (Adrian); Brandon Evans (Rochester College); and Max Trucks (Alma) combined to give up 2-runs in the seventh and another 4-runs in the eighth inning, before Sugar Beets closer (from Lawrence Tech) David Klug (SV1) picked up the first save in Sugar Beets history after allowing just 1-walk, with 3-strikeouts throughout the final 2-innings.
The Beets and Giants will play the rubber-match to settle this 3-game series at 12:05 pm at SVSU tomorrow afternoon.