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Montague and Oakridge split WMC Lakes baseball doubleheader, share title

Wildcats clinch WMC championship on home field third straight year; Eagles back on top now, too.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

MONTAGUE — Montague and Oakridge have featured two of the more consistent baseball programs in the West Michigan Conference over the years.

Because the league expanded and split into two seven-school divisions this academic year didn’t mean things would change for the Wildcats and Eagles. They’re still at the top — this time, together.

The baseball teams split their WMC Lakes doubleheader, with visiting Oakridge winning 4-3 in Game 1 and Montague rebounding 12-1 in a five-inning Game 2. Consequently, the Eagles and Wildcats share the divisional title with 9-3 WMC Lakes records.

It’s the third-straight year that Montague has clinched the conference title on its home field.

Here are more details and notables from Tuesday’s doubleheader:

  • In Game 1, Oakridge’s Brody Jennings won a pitcher’s duel against Montague’s Kade Johnson. Jennings allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in a complete-game effort. Johnson allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in another complete-game performance.
  • In the first game, Oakridge built a 3-0 lead through 4 1/2 innings. Montague pulled within 3-1 in the fifth and 4-3 in the sixth, but the Eagles put it away.
  • Matt Danicek led Oakridge offensively in Game 1, going 3-for-4 and scoring a run.
  • Jennings was 2-for-3 in the first game with an RBI and a run scored in Game 1.
  • Caleb Osinski drove in a run for the Eagles in the first game.
  • Bryton Belinger doubled and drove in a run for Montague in Game 1.
  • Johnson and Michael Moore had hits and scored runs for the Wildcats in the first game.
  • In Game 2, Montague wiped out an early 1-0 deficit with an 11-run third inning.
  • Johnson and Nick Moss led the Wildcats with three hits apiece in the second game. Johnson tripled, drove in three and scored a run. Moss drove in two and scored two runs.
  • Chase Gowell went 2-for-4, including a triple, and he drove in one and scored two in Game 2 for Montague.
  • Moore and Kellan Francis had two hits apiece for the Wildcats in Game 2.
  • Brothers Izac Jarka and Ryver Jarka both had a hit, drove in two runs and scored a run for Montague.
  • Owen Petersen earned the pitching win for Montague in Game 2. The left-hander allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work.
  • Danicek, Jennings and Evan Miller had hits for Oakridge in the nightcap.
  • Danicek took the Game 2 loss for the Eagles. He allowed five runs on six hits with no strikeouts and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Montague is 18-12 overall on the season now, while Oakridge is 14-12.

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