www.mybaycity.com April 21, 2009
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Midland Late Inning Runs Down Central, 6-3 in Game 1

April 21, 2009
By: John Keuvelaar

While warm temperatures raised hopes that spring had finally arrived, Central entered its game against Midland with hopes of keeping their winning Saginaw Valley ways. But a sixth inning insurgent ruined those hopes.

Midland opened the game with a run thanks to a lead off single by Drew Moulton and a RBI single by Jake Enszer. The Wolves quickly responded with a run of their own. Jake Drzewicki led off the bottom of the first with a triple followed by Chad Sepos' RBI single knotting the score at 1-1.

Midland came right back in the second when their lead off hitter Babinski walked and eventually scored on a Gagnon single. Central then responded with two runs of their own when they got their leadoff hitter, Carl Downing, on with a double. Zach Bauer reached base on an error and Jason Klopf singled Downing home. Bauer then scored on a pass ball making it a 3-2 Central lead.

Midland struck right back as Moulton singled and ultimately scored on Eric Daawson's single.

But a key to winning any game is getting your leadoff hitter on base. As the leadoff hitter had figured into every score so far, Midland started the top of the sixth with a leadoff single by Kenny Babinski. Following a walk to Alex Rapanos, Connor Gagnon single driving in Babinski and giving the Chemics the lead. Jake Enszer then drove in Rapanos and Gagnon with a single thus securing a Midland victory.

Austin Stapish took the loss in relief of starter Justin Drzewicki who went the first four innings before giving away to Stapish in the fifth.

12 Connor Gagnon dives back quickly to first to evade being tagged out.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

2 Justin Drzewicki launches a fast ball from the mound.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

4 Martin connects with this Midland pitch.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

16 Everett prepares to gun down the Midland runner going to 2nd base
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

19 Sepos dives in vain for a ground ball.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

13 Kennett of Midland slides into 3rd base.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

15 Carl Downing of Central jumps as he throws the ball to first as 12 Eric Gagnonlead off slidDawson'slead-offlead-offlead-offes into 2nd base.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

17 Zach Baver and 19 Sepos show their excitement for a quick inning.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

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