Marine City Maniax

2008 Game Recaps

GAME 23-July 10th

Michigan Vennom 6, MANIAX 5 (8 innings)

The Maniax couldn't come up with the clutch hit to put them over the top in the tough extra-inning loss to the Vennom.  In all, the Maniax left 14 runners on base in the game, 12 of which were left in scoring position...OUCH!  Andrew Nickel made the most of his first and only start of the season, throwing the entire game, striking out six and walking none (but was credited with a walk due to an intentional BB in the 8th inning).  Nickel threw only 24 balls compared to 68 strikes in the game, which is an amazing ratio!  Only four of the six runs were earned.  Offensively, Tyler Wawrzyniak started the offense with a clutch, 2-out double to drive in Jeremy Todd to put the Maniax up 1-0 in the 2nd inning.  In the third, Zac Charbeneau had a 2-run triple, driving in Kevin Markel, who had two hits on the day, and AJ Rodriguez (3 walks).  Zach May followed with an RBI single, and also added another single later in the game.  The Maniax closed their scoring in the 5th inning with another clutch hit from Spencer Verhelle, driving in May.  Charbeneau added another hit on the day, and Nickel had two hits of his own.  Jake Kuecken had the only other Maniax hit in the 8th inning.  The Maniax close their season with an overall record of 13-10 and 12-8 in the league, good for 4th place!


GAME 22-July 6th

MANIAX 23, Troy Hurricanes 8 (5 innings)

Well, if game one wasn't enough offense for you, the Maniax came through big time in game 2 with a HUGE mercy rule victory.  The Maniax collected a season high 22 hits and 23 runs in the game, including a third inning that featured 14 hits and 16 runs.  Spencer Verhelle starred both on the mound and at the plate, getting the win with four strong innings pitched.  Spencer struck out one and walked just one while surrendering four earned runs in the victory.  At the plate, Verhelle did some damage, going 4-5 with a double, two runs, and five RBI's.  Andrew Nickel pitched the last inning and didn't allow a hit while striking out one and walking three.  Zach May was also 4-5 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBI's, while Devin Dennis had his best offensive game of the year with a double, two singles, two runs, and two RBI's.  Jake Kuecken had a double and a single to go along with two walks, two RBI's, and three runs scored, and Tyler Wawrzyniak continued his hot hitting on the day with two hits, three runs, and three RBI's.  Zac Charbeneau had a double and a single to go with two runs scored, and AJ Rodriguez was 2-4 with a triple, three RBI's, and a sweet steal of home!  Also collecting hits for the Maniax were David VanOverbeke (single, run), Nickel (single, RBI, run), and Jeremy Todd (single, RBI, 2 runs).  And just so that we see exactly how much of a team effort, I'll point out that Kevin Markel and Blake Smith each had a walk and a run scored in the game!  Amazingly, EVERY SINGLE PLAYER scored at least one run in the game, which is INCREDIBLY hard to do...great job guys!


GAME 21-July 6th

MANIAX 16, Troy Hurricanes 3 (5 innings)

Game one of the double header turned out to be just a small dose of the offense that was to come for the Manaix on this day as they defeated the Hurricanes in a mercy rule win.  Zach May got the win on the mound and improved his record to 4-0 on the season with the complete game effort.  May surrendered just two earned runs while striking out six and walking only one.  Offensively for the Mariners, Tyler Wawrzyniak had his best game of the season, going 3-3 with two doubles, two RBI's and a run scored.  Zac Charbeneau broke out of his mini-slump in a big way, going 3-3 with three runs scored and four RBI's, while Andrew Nickely was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI.  Also collecting hits for the Maniax were Kevin Markel (3 runs), Spencer Verhelle (2 RBI's), Jeremy Todd (double, 2 runs), and Blake Smith.  



Game 20-June 28th

Michigan Mets 9, MANIAX 0

The Maniax ran into a hot hitting Mets team in the elimination portion of the tournament and were quickly eliminated by the score of 9-0.  Zac Charbeneau took the loss on the mound, going 3 innings and giving up 8 earned runs.  Zach May pitched the last two innings, giving up only one earned run and striking out two.  Offensively, the Maniax could only muster four hits in the game.  May, AJ Rodriguez, Jake Kuecken, and Devin Dennis each had singles but the Maniax couldn't come up with the clutch hits with runners in scoring position.  All in all it was a fun tournament and it was capped off by a ridiculous dive into the nasty, smelly, dirty, sitting water out in left field!  The Maniax are now 11-9 overall on the season and 10-7 in the league.


Game 19-June 27th

MANIAX 14, Detroit Metro Stars-White 3

Blake Smith put together a strong performance on the mound to lead the Maniax to a victory in the second game of the tournament.  Smith pitched all five innings, giving up 3 runs, all of them unearned.  Smith struck out four and walked four.  Offensively, the Maniax were led by Zach May with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI's.  AJ Rodriguez pitched in with a hit, an RBI, and 2 runs scored, while Jeremy Todd reached base 4 times (1 single and 3 walks), scoring 3 runs along the way.  Andrew Nickel had the only other hit for the Maniax as well as 2 RBI's, and Spencer Verhelle walked 4 times and scored 2 runs.  Jake Kuecken also had 2 RBI's and a run scored.  The Maniax stand at 11-8 overall and 10-7 in the league.



Game 18-June 27th

Downriver Titans 10, MANIAX 2

The Maniax started the tournament at Kyte Monroe with a tough 10-2 mercy rule loss to a tough Titan team.  Devin Dennis took the loss on the mound, pitching the first 3 1/3 innings, giving up 7 earned runs.  Zach May finished by throwing the last 1 2/3 innings and gave up 2 earned runs.  Kevin Markel was the offensive standout for Marine City.  He was the only player to manage more than one hit, going 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI's, and a stolen base.  Blake Smith, AJ Rodriguez, and Andrew Nickel each had hits, while Devin Dennis and Smith scored the 2 runs for the Maniax.  Their record now stands at 10-8 overall and 10-7 in the league.


Game 17-June 26th

MANIAX 6, Michigan Vennom 2

Spencer Verhelle was the story on the mound in this one, hurling a complete game for the Maniax.  Verhelle gave up only one earned run and struck out nine.  His only walk of the game didn't happen until the last inning.  Kevin Markel led the offense, going 2-3 with a double, 2 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and an RBI.  Zac Charbeneau had a hit, an RBI, and 2 runs scored, while AJ Rodriguez and Zach May each pitched in with a single and a run scored.  Andrew Nickel rounded out the offensive attack with an RBI single to cap a huge 4-run 5th inning.  Tyler Wawrzyniak made two huge defensive plays at second base, the biggest one in the 6th inning that saved two runs to end the inning.  The Maniax reached a double digit win total and their record now stands at 10-7.



Game 16-June 24th

North Macomb Tigers 18, MANIAX 15

The Maniax fought to the bitter end and scored five runs in the final inning, but couldn't pull off the victory in the final inning.  Andrew Nickel took the loss on the mound despite a gutsy performance in relief of starter Zach May.  May went only 1 2/3 innings in the start, but Nickel came in and threw well for 3 1/3 despite the loss.  Kevin Markel finished things off by getting the final three outs for the Maniax.  Offensively, the Maniax batted through the order twice in the same game.  Zach May was 3-4 with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored;  Zach Charbeneau was 2-4 with 2 triples and 2 runs scored;  AJ Rodriguez was 2-4 with an RBI, two stolen bases, and 3 runs scored;  Andrew Nickel was 3-5 with a triple, 3 RBI's, 2 stolen bases, and 2 runs scored;  Jake Kuecken had a big 2-run, 2-out single;  and Tyler Wawrzyniak rounded out the hitting with a single, 2 walks, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Spencer Verhelle pitched in with a run scored and an RBI Sac Fly.  The Maniax are now 9-7 on the season.


Game 15-June 18th

MANIAX 8, Macomb RedHawks 2

For the second time this season, the Maniax avenged an earlier season loss by defeating the RedHawks behind good pitching and great defense.  Zac Charbeneau turned in his best effort of the season on the mound, earning the win by going 4 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking five.  Charbeneau allowed two earned runs and gave up only 3 singles.  Andrew Nickel was even better in relief, throwing the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits while striking out four and walking three.  Kevin Markel had the big hit in the game, a bases-loaded, three run double to break the game wide open for the Maniax.  He also added a single and a run scored.  Jake Kuecken had his best game of the season as well, hammering out a single and a deep RBI double, while also gunning down a runner at the plate from center field.  Spencer Verhelle and AJ Rodriguez each added two singles, while Charbeneau also pitched in with a single.  The Maniax made only one error in the field and pushed their record to 9-6 on the season!



Game 14-June 17th 

Port Huron Athletics 10, MANIAX 0

Not much to say in this one other than the Maniax ran into the best pitcher they've faced all year and got beat by the undefeated Athletics for the second time this season.  Spencer Verhelle got the loss on the mound, while Blake Smith turned in a great effort in relief.  Andrew Nickel closed out the game on the mound for the Maniax.  Offensively, the Maniax could muster nothing as they got no-hit by the A's and only had one runner even reach second base.  The Maniax are now 8-6 on the season.


Game 13-June 10th

MANIAX 5, North Macomb Tigers 3

Behind the strong pitching of Zach May and a solid defensive effort, the Maniax won their fourth straight game and pushed their record to 8-5 with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over a tough Tigers squad.  May went the distance on the mound, striking out 7 while walking 4.  He allowed only 4 hits and zero earned runs.  Most of the damage came in the 6th inning after an error, when the clean up hitter for the Tigers hit a HUGE BOMB off May (that was for you Zach!).  As a matter of fact, I'm not sure it has landed yet.  On the offensive side, the Maniax played some serious small ball, executing 4 sacrifice bunts and stealing 11 bases as a team.  It was a good thing because they could only manage 3 hits:  a clutch 2-out RBI Double by Spencer Verhelle and singles from Kevin Markel and Andrew Nickel.  Zac Charbeneau stole 4 bases and scored 2 runs, and Markel, Nickel, and Jeremy Todd scored the other runs for the Maniax.  May helped his own cause with an RBI squeeze bunt as well.  



Game 12-June 8th

MANIAX 18, Macomb Mustangs 1

Zac Charbeneau gave up only one hit in the mercy rule victory for the Maniax.  He had trouble at times with control, walking 6 batters, but the Maniax defense stepped it up when it had to and shut down the Mustangs.  Charbeneau had 2 strikeouts on the mound, as well.  Zach May led the offense, going 2-3 with a triple, 2 runs, and 2 RBI's, while Andrew Nickel was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's of his own.  Jake Kuecken had a double and a single to go along with his 2 RBI's, and Jeremy Todd was only the other Maniac player with 2 hits.  AJ Rodriguez was 1-4, but reached base all 4 times, scoring 4 runs and collecting 4 stolen bases along the way.  Kevin Markel had a double, an RBI, 2 runs, and 2 stolen bases.   Charbeneau helped his own cause with a single, 2 walks, and 3 runs scored, while Tyler Wawrzyniak had 2 walks and an RBI squeeze bunt.  The Maniax are now 7-5 on the season!


Game 11-June 5th

MANIAX 23, Michigan Young Guns 11

So, do you like hitting?  If the answer is yes, then this was the game to see.  The Maniax pounded out 18 hits and had an incredible .462 average AS A TEAM en route to the blowout victory.  Zac Charbeneau put together the game of his life, going 4-4 with 2 walks, 2 singles, 2 towering home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI's.  Kevin Markel was 4-4 with 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI;  Spencer Verhelle was 3-4 with 2 sacrifice bunts, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI's;  Andrew Nickel  3-4 and was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, as well as driving in 4 runs;  Zach May was 2-5 with a double and 3 runs scored;  Jeremy Todd had a 2-run double, and AJ Rodriguez finished out the hitting with a single and an RBI.  Mixed in with all the hitting was a clutch pitching performance by Andrew Nickel.  After Blake Smith and May threw the first 2 innings, Nickel picked up the win by throwing 5 solid innings, giving up only 2 earned runs while striking out 6 and walking only 2.  The Maniax are 6-5 on the season.



Game 10-June 3rd

MANIAX 11, Fair Haven River Rats 9

The Maniax avenged an early season loss to the River Rats by coming up with a big, rain-soaked, 5-inning, 11-9 win over their rivals from the south.  Spencer Verhelle started on the mound for the Maniax, pitching a strong 3 2/3 innings before having to leave the game with an injury in the 4th inning.  Kevin Markel picked up the win in relief ofVerhelle, getting the final four outs of the game.  Zach May provided an early spark with his first home run of the season, blasting a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence in the first inning.  The Maniax extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning as Jeremy Todd laid down the sacrifice bunt, allowing Andrew Nickel to score from second base.  The only other hits for the Maniax were a Devin Dennis double and an AJ Rodriguez double, but the Maniax were patient at the plate in the sloppy weather, drawing 8 walks and 2 hit-by-pitches.  Tyler Wawrzyniak made the key play in the game, stopping a ground ball that was headed up the middle and stepping on 2nd base for the force out to end the game.  The tying run would have scored on the play!  Marine City now stands at 5-5 on the season.



Game 9-June 1st (Game 2 of Double-Header)

Detroit Metro Stars 19, MANIAX 9

After coming so close in the first game, the Maniax took a tough defeat at the hands of the Metro Stars in Game 2.  Zac Charbeneau took the loss on the mound, giving up 3 earned runs in one inning of work, while striking out 2 and walking 4.  Andrew Nickel and Devin Dennis closed out the game on the mound for the Maniax.  Nickel was the hitting star at the plate for Marine City, collecting a double, a single, a walk, a run scored, and 2 RBI's.  AJ Rodriguez had an RBI double and a run scored, while Zach May was 1-1 with two walks and two runs scored.  Jake Kuecken cracked his first double of the season, Kevin Markel had an RBI bunt, Blake Smith had a big 2-run single, and Jeremy Todd reached base each time up with 3 walks and also scored a run.  The Maniax are now 4-5 on the season.


GAME 8-June 1st (Game 1 of Double-Header)

Detroit Metro Stars 3, MANIAX 2

(9 Innings)

The Maniax played a terrific game against the top team in the Sandy Koufax division, but just couldn't come up with the clutch hits when they needed them in the thrilling 9-inning 3-2 defeat.  Zach May threw an amazing game, going 8 strong innings and giving up only 2 runs, both of which were unearned.  May struck out five and walked seven, but he had only 1 walk in the final 4 innings he pitched.  Kevin Markel took the loss on the mound, but gave up just one unearned run while striking out one in one inning of work.  At the plate for the Maniax, Zac Charbeneau and Zach May each had doubles, while AJ Rodriguez and Jeremy Todd had the only other hits.  Spencer Verhelle and Devin Dennis each had RBI bunt's, and Rodriguez and Andrew Nickel scored the runs for the Maniax.


GAME 7-May 28th

Macomb Red Hawks 14, MANIAX 6

The Maniax missed out on several golden opportunities to pull ahead against the Red Hawks, but just couldn't seem to get the clutch hit needed to break through in the tough loss.  Marine City fell behind 3-0 in the top of the 2nd, but came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score, but couldn't get the key hit to pull ahead.  Spencer Verhelle took the loss on the mound in relief of Devin Dennis.  Zac Charbeneau pitched the last 2 1/3 innings, giving up no earned runs while striking out one and walking two.  Jake Kuecken led the Maniax at the plate with 2 hits, and RBI, and a stolen base, while no other players could manage more than one hit.  Charbeneau and Andrew Nickel each contributed doubles, while AJ Rodriguez, Kevin Markel, Zach May, and Devin Dennis each had singles.  Rodriguez had 2 RBI's, while Markel and Tyler Wawrzyniak each had one RBI apiece.  The Maniax are now 4-3 on the season.


GAME 6-May 22nd

MANIAX 16, Macomb Mustangs 4

The Maniax offense struck early and often once again in the 5-inning mercy-rule victory.  Marine City scored 9 in the first inning.  The rally was started with an AJ Rodriguez single and capped off by a dramatic Rodriguez inside-the-park home run.  Spencer Verhelle collected 3 hits and 2 runs to pace the offense, while several other players had 2 hits of their own:  Rodriguez, Kevin Markel, Zac Charbeneau (3 RBI's, 2 runs), Andrew Nickel (2 RBI's, 2 runs), and Devin Dennis (3 RBI's, 2 runs).  Jeremy Todd had a double and 2 runs scored in the victory and Jake Kuecken pitched in with a 2-run single of his own.  Blake Smith had his best game of the season for the Maniax.  Smith was 1-3 with a run scored, but did most of his damage on the mound.  He pitched 4 1/3 strong innings, giving up 3 earned runs, while striking out 3 and walking 3.  Markel pitched the final 2/3 of an inning in relief, striking out one and walking one.  The defensive play of the game came when Andrew Nickel attempted to gun down a runner who was trying to steal second.  Seeing a runner on third break for home, Verhelle cut the throw off and fired a perfect strike to the plate to cut down the runner and end the game.  The Maniax are now 4-2 on the season.



GAME 5-May 18th (Game 2 of Double-Header)

MANIAX 10, Chesterfield Rockets 8

The Maniax needed some late inning offense and some clutch relief pitching from Zach May to pull out the close victory to move to 3-2 on the season.  Marine City entered the 6th inning down 8-7, but Jake Kuecken, Dave VanOverbeke, and Devin Dennis drew 3 consecutive walks to start the inning.  2 batters later, AJ Rodriguez continued his hot hitting with an RBI single, Kevin Markel had an RBI ground out, and Spencer Verhelle capped off the rally with an RBI single of his own to give the Maniax the victory.  Zach May was dominant in relief of Devin Dennis, who gave up just 4 earned runs in 4 innings in his first start of the season.  May allowed just 2 hits and 1 earned run in the final 3 innings to get the win, while striking out 6 Rockets.  Rodriguez and May each had 2 hits, while Rodriguez had 3 runs and May had 2 RBI's to pace the offense.  Also collecting hits for Marine City were Markel (2 RBI's) and Tyler Wawrzyniak (2 SB).



GAME 4-May 18th (Game 1 of Double-Header)

MANIAX 15, Chesterfield Rockets 10

The Maniax evened their record at 2-2 with a 15-10 victory in the first game of the Saturday double-header.  The first 7 batters reached base and scored in the first inning, setting the tone for the rest of the game, even though the Rockets fought hard throughout.  Spencer Verhelle got the win on the mound, throwing 5 innings and giving up just one earned run.  He struck out a season-high 8 batters and walked 3.  Zac Charbeneau and Zach May saw time in relief of Verhelle.  AJ Rodriguez paced the offense with 3 hits, 3 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, and an RBI;  Zac Charbeneau had 2 hits, 3 runs, and an RBI;  Kevin Markel had 2 hits, 2 RBI's, and 2 stolen bases; Jeremy Todd had a double and an RBI.  Also collecting hits for the Maniax were Verhelle, May (3 RBI's), Andrew Nickel (2 runs), and Jake Kuecken.



GAME 3-May 13th

MANIAX 16, Michigan Young Guns 11

The Maniax put up 5 runs in the first inning and 6 runs in the last inning to put away the Young Guns for their first victory of the year.  Zach May took the win on the mound in relief of starter Kevin Markel.  Markel pitched 4 1/3 innings and May tossed the last 2 2/3, and each pitcher struck out 3 and walked 2.  The bats came alive early and often for Marine City,, but were led by May who collected 4 singles on the day to go along with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base.  Jeremy Todd was 3-4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored;  AJ Rodriguez had 2 hits, including a double, and 2 runs scored;  Spencer Verhelle was 2-3 with 2 runs scored.  Other players pitching in with one hit apiece were Markel (double) and Andrew Nickel (3 runs). 



  GAME 2-May 9th

Port Huron Athletics 10, MANIAX 5

The Maniax fell to 0-2 on the season after another tough defensive game (6 errors as a team).  Zac Charbeneau took the loss on the mound, going 2 2/3 innings and giving up 8 runs...but only 2 of those were earned.  Zac had 2 strikeouts and 5 walks.  Spencer Verhelle and Zach May finished up in relief.  On the offensive end of things, the Maniax could only manage 4 hits off of the tough Port Huron pitching.  Andrew Nickel had a triple, 2 walks, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored to lead the Maniax, while Blake Smith, Devin Dennis, and Verhelle each pitched in with a hit of their own.  Verhelle, Charbeneau, Dennis, and Tyler Wawrzyniak each had RBI's in the defeat.


GAME 1-May 1st

Fair Haven River Rats 15, MANIAX 6

The Maniax dropped their first game of the year to a tough Fair Haven team.  The game was tied going into the bottom of the 5th inning, but the River Rats proceeded to break things open with 7 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th for the 15-6 victory.  Spencer Verhelle took the loss on the mound, going 4 innings and giving up 8 runs, only 4 of which were earned.  He struck out 2 and walked 2.  Zach May led the offense with 2 hits, 2 runs, an RBI, and 3 stolen bases, while Zac Charbeneau pitched in with a double and an RBI.  Kevin Markel had a hit and 2 runs scored, while Verhelle and Devin Dennis each garnered hits of their own.  The defense was the weak point as the Maniax committed 8 errors, many of which can be attributed to first game jitters.