Bobcats win Airport Baseball Invitational

OTTAWA LAKE – Whiteford’s baseball team has been pretty good at winning league and district trophies over the years, but Saturday tournaments have sometimes been a struggle.

Last week, however, the Bobcats got great pitching and some timely hitting and brought home first place in the Airport Tournament. Whiteford beat Airport 5-1 in the opener and Allen Park 4-3 in the finals to bring home the championship trophy.

“We’re starting to hit,” Bobcat coach Terry Pant said. “The first couple of weeks we were still trying to figure out our lineup, moving some guys around. The guys that were at the top of my lineup then are now at the bottom of my lineup.

“We are playing a lot better baseball, putting pressure on teams and doing well.”

In the Airport game, Levi Hillard went 3-for-3, including a double. Eric Parriett earned the victory against Airport while Cole Crouch got the final out. Parriett scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run.

Against Allen Park in the finals, Whiteford took a 3-0 lead in the first and scored again in the fifth and held on for the win. Cole Giesige gave up nine hits in his six innings but struck out seven and gave up just two earned runs. Crouch got the save.

“I’ve got a lot of arms I can rely on,” Pant said. “I don’t have that ace right now, but we have a lot of people pitching well.”

Austin Wynn had a double and freshman Logan Tammerine an RBI triple in the championship game.

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