Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark
MONTAGUE — Last season, Montague and North Muskegon shared the West Michigan Conference baseball title after a marathon doubleheader split at Marsh Field.
The Wildcats do not appear to be interested in sharing the championship this season.
Montague swept visiting North Muskegon Monday to clinch at least a share of the conference title. The Wildcats edged the Norsemen in the first game, 1-0, then jumped on them in the second game en route to a 16-4, five-inning victory.
Montague (16-9 overall, 12-0 WMC) heads to Shelby today (May 17) where the Wildcats will vie for the outright conference crown in a doubleheader against the Tigers.
North Muskegon (15-6-1, 10-2) wraps up league play today with a home doubleheader against Whitehall.
Here are the details from both games Monday:
GAME 1: Six days after he tossed a five-inning no-hitter against Whitehall, Montague junior right-hander Kade Johnson fired a two-hitter against North Muskegon. He struck out six and walked none. Senior Hayden McDonald drove in the game’s lone run in the fourth inning on a double to right-center field, scoring senior Colton Blankstrom.
Junior left-hander Troy McManus took the tough loss for North Muskegon. He allowed five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Junior Denny Belmonte and sophomore Ryan DeLora each had a hit for the Norsemen.
GAME 2: McDonald kept hitting in the nightcap, finishing with three hits, including a double, to go along with three RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Nick Moss had four hits for the Wildcats and scored two runs. Junior Owen Petersen delivered a first-inning, bases-clearing double to get Montague rolling and he finished with four RBIs. Senior Tate Stine came through with an RBI double, while Johnson had a pair of hits, an RBI and three runs scored. Blankstrom earned the pitching win, allowing seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
DeLora took the loss for the Norse, who were led offensively by Belmonte with two hits, an RBI and a run scored, highlighted by his double off the base of the fence in center field.
Check out the photo gallery at the top of this story, as well as the highlights and reaction video above.
CatchMark SportsNet livestreamed the doubleheader Monday. You can watch the replay here:
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