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Lakers baseball coach Matt Meronk was overall pleased with the way his team performed Monday in Laona, considering this is the first time the White Lake boys have been able to step out onto a field.

“Was this our best game? No,” the coach noted. “We may have had a few mental mistakes, pass balls, a couple errors, stranding players, things like that, things you can’t prepare for or practice for when in a high school gym. Balls take a different hop, but overall we performed well.”

A tight contest through the first five innings, the Rebels were able to gain a one-run lead at 4-3. It was the sixth that broke things open for Laona-Wabeno. Securing five extra base hits against Laker’s Luke Wickersheim coupled with stolen bases catapulted the Rebels to its 9-3 win.

Kris Gallagher garnered the first run of the season for White Lake after being beaned in the first inning. Wickersheim followed with the RBI in bringing Gallagher home. The Rebels took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the innings, an advantage that remained until the third.

This time Gallagher singled his way on base for White Lake with Wickersheim repeating his actions from the start of the game allowing the score to be knotted at 2-all. Laona-Wabeno was not about to give the Lakers any advantage as it plated another run in the bottom half.

With the contest still within reach heading into the sixth inning, White Lake only needed to make up a two-run deficit. Leading off with a single was Travis Guy. Falling to a fielders choice, Travis Kizirian’s RBI brought Guy home leaving the Lakers down 4-3.

Once the Rebels got up to bat the contest took a turn as the five runs were more than what White Lake could overcome.

“Offensively we had some nice hits and drove the ball well,” Meronk said. “Seven hits in all is not bad, but 10 strike outs are not. We have the potential to score five or six runs in the game—a possible break out but it just didn’t happen for us.”

Zach Mabry started on the mound for White Lake, lasting four innings. After facing 17 batters he finished with a strike out, two walks, three runs (two earned) and a hit batter. Wickersheim took the loss in two innings of work. He was tagged with six earned runs off as many hits, walked one and struck out two.

Wickersheim had the strongest bat for the Lakers going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Gallagher followed hitting 1-for-3 as was Dillion Gollihue, Guy went 1-for-2 while Kizirian was 1-for-1.

White Lake will make its home debut tonight in a game versus Goodman/Pembine beginning at 5 p.m.


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