2017-05-17 / Walled Lake Western

Warriors sweep doubleheader against Captains

BY CHRIS WALL
STAFF WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

When a player gets pulled up from the junior varsity baseball team, he hopes to make an immediate Walled Lake Western sophomore Aiden Jennings with the line drive single to drive in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Warriors an 11-1 victory over Waterford Kettering in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 10.

Walled Lake Western sophomore Aiden Jennings with the line drive single to drive in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Warriors an 11-1 victory over Waterford Kettering in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 10. impact. Walled Lake Western sophomore third baseman Aiden Jennings make a big impact on Wednesday afternoon, going three-for-three, including a pair of RBI singles, to lead the Warriors to an 11-1 win in game one of a doubleheader.

In game two of the doubleheader, Jennings got a dramatic two-out walk-off single to drive in two runs, giving the Warriors a 5-4 victory. The sophomore went four for seven with six RBIs in the sweep of Kettering.

Jennings got his first hit in the bottom of the second and scored to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the third, he came up with two runners aboard and no outs. Jennings drilled a single up the middle, driving in two to give Western a commanding 5-1 margin.

In the top of the fifth he came up with Kevin Guggemos and Ilija Lazich on base. Jennings blasted a single to right center driving in both runners to end the game with a final score of 11-1.

“It felt good,” said Jennings. “It was a fast ball and I went with the pitch. I just hit the ball up the middle on the last hit. It was just fundamental hitting. I will always remember winning in my first varsity game.”

Junior pitcher Scott Shingleton scattered five hits, striking out three, on his way to the 11-1 victory. The lanky right-hander mixed just 57 pitches over five innings while the Warriors’ defense did the rest in game one of the doubleheader. 

“I started out today falling behind on the batters, but I was able to get through it,” said Shingleton who raised his record to 4-1 on the season. “I was trying to get ahead of the hitters so I could use my curve ball.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. Kettering’s only run of the game one was a home run in the top of the third by Nick Brown.

In game two, Western was ahead 3-1 after five innings. The Captains battled back to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Jennings came up with the dramatic walk-off single to drive in two for the 5-4 win.

Junior Davis Hixon came on in relief of starting pitcher Bryce Stuart in game two to pick up the win. Hixon picked up his first save of the year while raising his record to 2-0.

Needless to say, Coach Brad Sheck was elated with the sweep. “We came ready to play today. It was good to see. We have struggled recently, so we challenged our guys to show up to play and they definitely did that. Aiden provided the big hits.”

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