Blackhawks, Martians split twin bill

By David Fleet
Brandon Twp. — On April 24, the Brandon Blackhawks and Goodrich Martians Varsity Baseball teams took their rivalry to the diamond and split a doubleheader at Brandon.
In the first game, GHS Jordan Conn was the only Goodrich player to get a hit but the Martians were able to capitalize on eight Brandon walks and four errors.  Blackhawk Ben Misenar had two hits for Brandon.  Martian pitcher Gavin Hart snagged the win on the mound giving up just four hits, walking 0 and striking out fivei n the 7-1 win.
In the nightcap, Brandon scored 3 in the 5th inning and Goodrich could not respond.  Martians Jordon Conn and Nate Gould each had 3 hits while Blackhawks Lance Briolar, Ben Misnear, and Tylor Griel each had two hits enroute to a 4-2 win.
“We are a very young varsity baseball team,” said Veteran Head Coach Greg Glover in his first year as the Blackhawk skipper. “We have three seniors and the majority of the team are sophomores with a couple of juniors. It’s the youngest varsity baseball team I’ve ever had in more than 23 years of coaching. We do have some talent, when we can play mistake free baseball we can compete with any team,” he said.
“We struggle with errorsright now and it costs us. Goodrich is at the high end of baseball inthe Flint Metro League and that is where we want to get. Goodrich has travel baseball in the summer at almost every age group.
Glover emphasized that to get to the level Goodrich Varsity baseball has achieved Brandon Baseball players need to participate in higher level summer baseball, not recreational baseball.
“It needs to become a year-around sport for them not just a hobby,” he said.

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