Bulldogs Beat up Shamrocks, Move to Semifinal in Diamond Classic

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Mason Baseball put a beat down on Portland St Patrick, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.  The final score was 10-0 after five frames, earning them a date with the Williamston Hornets in the semifinals.

Senior pitcher Trent Stuewe tossed a masterpiece, going five strong innings, allowing just two hits and no walks.  Both hits came to Shamrock senior shortstop Brandon Scheurer, who is signed to play at Saginaw Valley.

“Trent is a bulldog for us,” said Mason head coach Kohl Tyrrell. “I consider Trent as our stopper.  If there’s a big game that we need someone to come in and shut down a team, Trent’s going to be that guy for us.”

In the first inning, junior third baseman Parker Friend knocked in senior shortstop Dylan Magee with a sacrifice fly to right, putting the Bulldogs up one.  However, the second inning is when Mason exploded.

Junior catcher Jacob Burt led off the inning with a walk, and he advanced to second on a sac bunt by junior left fielder Ethan Burt.  Sophomore first baseman Jackson Marlan knocked Jacob Burt in with a base hit up the middle, starting the cascade of runs in the second.

“Putting pressure on the other side right at the start is important in any sport, but especially baseball,” said Tyrrell. “Sometimes you can win a game from the bench or before it even starts.  Having that high energy and focus, that’s the approach we have in every single game.”

When the dust settled, Mason was up 5-0 going in to the third, taking command of the game.  Friend led the team with three RBI’s, notching a key hit at the end of the second that plated two runs.

Mason will now face the Williamston Hornets in the nightcap of next Wednesday’s semifinals.  Mason split with the Hornets earlier in the season, and they hope to avenge their earlier loss.

“We just need to play one pitch at a time.  The only things we control is our energy, our attitude and our effort and that’s what we focus on.  We have plenty of great talent and we are really excited to be playing Williamston again in such a big tournament,” said Tyrrell.

With their big matchup against Williamston looming, the Mason varsity baseball team is just trying to stay in their zone and move to the Diamond Classic finals.