The weather conditions weren’t yet ideal, Hartland baseball coach Brian Morrison said, but they were good enough for Hartland to finally get outside and open their season.
And the Eagles opened it in style with a dominating, 16-6, victory over Fenton on Monday led by multi-hit games from Brett Oliver (2-for-3), John Baker (2-for-4), Max Cadman (3-for-4) and Jack Slavin (2-for-2).
Oliver and Baker notched four RBIs apiece — the latter doing so with two doubles — while Slavin scored twice as Hartland moved to 1-0.
“It was nice because you kinda get to see where you’re at and what you need to work on,” Morrison said. “I thought we ran the bases well, which was a plus. Defensively, I thought we played well for the most part, and pitching-wise — outside of walking too many people — I thought we did well, too. I expect us to improve from game one to two.”
Game two for the Eagles will be played at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at home vs. Waterford Mott, weather permitting.
Fowlerville 2, Linden 0
Fowlerville 5, Linden 2
FOWLERVILLE – The Gladiators got a pair of solid pitching performances from Eric Fritz and Connor Matlock to sweep Linden in Monday’s season-opening doubleheader.
Fritz tossed seven scoreless innings yielding two hits and striking out eight in the opener before Matlock threw 6 1/3 innings and recorded four strikeouts in the second game.
Alex Montrose led the offense with three hits in the two games, also tallying two RBIs on the day. Wyatt Thomas had a hit in game one while Clay Boak went 2-for-3 in game two.
“Being inside and final getting to play competition, it’s always rewarding,” Fowlerville coach Mike Hanna said. “Linden was a good team and it was nice to finally see what our guys are capable of doing.”
The Gladiators (2-0) play another doubleheader today against Mason.
Linden 19, Fowlerville 7
Linden 9, Fowlerville 5
FOWLERVILLE – Hannah Powell put on a show in Fowlerville’s season-opening doubleheader against Linden on Monday. Her 14 totals bases still weren’t enough to get the Gladiators a victory.
Despite two home runs and two triples from the junior slugger in back-to-back games, the Gladiators lost their opening set to Linden by scores of 19-7 and then 9-5 in the nightcap.
“It was a relief more than anything (to actually play),” Fowlerville coach Matt Copeland said, “It was cold and windy and no one really seemed to mind because we weren’t in the gym and weren’t practicing. We did some really good things for the first time being out. Linden is just a really quality program.”
No one did more “good things” than Powell, who Copeland admitted came a bit out of nowhere with what he called “the best hitting performance I’ve seen in my six years here.”
“Last year, she started for us as a sophomore, but she wasn’t the kind of kid we needed to contribute,” Copeland said. “She was a role player for us. Offensively, she wasn’t one of our cornerstones. This year, I don’t know if those results were expected from her, but the effort and time she put into it paid off for her a little bit today. Her total bases today were absurd. If she can keep up a fraction of that, that will be a big bonus for us.”
In game one, Summer Cebula and Sarah Matlock also notched two-hit games with the former scoring two runs. Dominique Turner recorded two two-baggers in the nightcap for Fowlerville, which travels to Mason today for another doubleheader.
Brighton 14, Walled Lake Western 2
WALLED LAKE – Shannon Walus and Raquelle Williams both record hat tricks for the Brighton girls lacrosse team in its first victory of the season over Walled Lake Western on Monday.
Williams also chipped in an assist.
“I was very proud,” Brighton coach Katie Kozlowski said. “This was a new team, so it wasn’t quite as challenging as our other games, but the girls did play very well.”
Brighton (1-2 overall) returns to action Wednesday against Grand Blanc.
Brighton 2, Saline 2
BRIGHTON The Bulldogs battled to a tie against Saline on Monday behind goals from Meghan Healy and Emma Shinsky.
“I thought we played well,” Brighton coach Chris Stevanovic said. “Saline’s a good team. … They have a lot of injuries right now, but overall to tie a good team like that, it was a good result.”
Brighton 16, Walled Lake Western 4
BRIGHTON – The Bulldogs remained undefeated, moving to 3-0 on the season with their win against Walled Lake Western on Monday.
Ben Finnegan notched two goals and had a game-high four assists while Jake Desroisers and Dylan Mercier each notched hat tricks for the Bulldogs.