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Bay City runs wild on Marion in win

Bay City, Michigan 12  Marion, Illinois 3

North Zone Champion Bay City, Michigan took advantage of Host Marion, Illinois’s errant throws, wild pitches and walks to win convincingly 12-3 Saturday morning in the first game of the day at the Colt World Series.

Marion’s pitching staff allowed 10 walks in the contest. Its five wild pitches and the defense’s two errors were costly in the loss, considering Bay City only recorded five hits (all singles) in the game.

t started in the bottom of the first, when Alex Czyzewski walked. Kade Compeau bunted a ball back to the pitcher, who, instead of tossing for the easy out at first, threw to second, as Czyzewski slid into the base. The throw drilled the ground and rolled into the outfield, giving Czyzewski and Compeau enough time to advance 90 feet. A passed ball allowed Czyzewski to score, putting the first tally on the board for Bay City.

Carter Sontag walked in the bottom of the second. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and was moved to third on a ground out. Another wild pitch during the next at-bat to Compeau allowed Sontag to cross home plate (2-0).

Bay City broke out in the bottom of the third. A Riley Day walk and another Bay City error put runners on first and second for Will Revette, who bunted. Because of late throws, Day scored from second, Brenden Beaver advanced to third and Revette took second base on the play (3-0). Beaver scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat to Owen Wagner, as Revette moved up 90 feet to third. Wagner then smashed a liner into left field, scoring Revette to give Bay City a 5-0 lead. 

Two walks to Cam Fisher and Sontag eventually loaded the bases. Fisher scored on a wild pitch that also moved the other two runners up a base. Czyzewski hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Drew Charters and putting Bay City ahead by a commanding 7-0 score. 

As it did in the match against Brownsville yesterday, Marion did not give up. Josh Griffin and Riley Coffer hit back-to-back singles, putting runners aboard for Michael Dyer, who reached on an error. Griffin scored and Coffer advanced to second, setting up Briar Vaneycke with an RBI on his double to left field (7-2). 

Michigan pulled away late in the game, when it scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the bottom of the sixth, due in large part to mistakes by Marion, to win handedly 12-3.

The line for Bay City’s four-man pitching staff was three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

Bay City survives and advances to Game #10 tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CT/US to face the loser of Game #7 between the Netherlands and Brownsville, Texas. Meanwhile, with a second loss, Marion is eliminated, but will play in a Game #13 consolation game tomorrow versus the loser of Game #6 between Mazatlán, Mexico and Greensboro, North Carolina.

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