Marine City Maniax

2009 Game Recaps

GAME 10-Chesterfield Rockets 6, MANIAX 1

The Maniax ran into a left-handed buzzsaw and were defeated by the Rockets fairly easily by the score of 6 to 1.  The Maniax could only manage two hits on the day, a single by Spencer Verhelle and a double by Kevin Markel.  Markel eventually scored the Maniax only run on a passed ball in the 6th inning.  Zac Charbeneau got the loss on the mound, although he pitched very well.  Charby pitched 4 innings and struck out three and walked three.  He allowed six hits and 3 earned runs in the loss.  Kevin Markel pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned, and struck out three.  The Maniax are now 6-4 at the half way point of the season.


GAME 9-MANIAX 15, Macomb Fury 8

(11 Innings...NOT a typo)

The only word that can explain this game is..."wow".  An emotional game was capped off by a huge 7-run outburst in the top of the 11th inning, highlighted by a pair of suicide squeeze bunts by AJ Rodriguez and Spencer Verhelle and capped off by yet another clutch hit from Andrew Nickel...this time a 2-run double.  Zach May got the mound, pitching the last 5 innings, giving up NO earned runs while striking out five and walking two.  May's performance was highlighted by an amazing inning in the bottom of the 7th.  The Fury had the bases loaded and no one out in the tie game, but May got a groundout back to the mound, a short fly ball to left, and a strikeout to get out of the inning.  Jake Kuecken started for the "AX", going the first three innings.  Kuecken allowed 6 runs (4 of them earned) while striking out two and walking none.  Andrew Nickel relieved Kuecken, throwing the next three innings, striking out three and walking two, and allowed one unearned run.  Offensively, Zac Charbeneau had the big blow for the Maniax in the top of the 7th inning.  With the Maniax down 7-6 and 2 outs in the inning, Charbeneau hit a 1-1 fastball WAY over the right center field fence to tie the game in dramatic fashion (after getting hit in the face with a ball earlier in the game and bleeding like a sieve!).  Nickel continued to abuse that poor baseball, going 4-5 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI's, and 2 runs scored.  AJ Rodriguez had a single, two walks, two runs, and an RBI;  May drove in a run with a sacrifice fly;  Kevin Markel saw his 8 game hitting streak end, but had two walks and two runs scored;  Jake Kuecken had two hits and two runs scored; Blake Smith had a single and a run scored;  And Tyler Wawrzyniak had a hit and two runs scored.  Smith also made an incredible diving catch in left field and contributed some very solid defense throughout the day.  The Maniax pushed their record to 6-3 with the win.


GAME 8-MANIAX 13, Macomb Fury 3

(6 Innings)

The Maniax came up with some key hits at the right times and defeated the Macomb Fury in Game 1 of a home double header.  Blake Smith started the game and got the win on the mound, going three innings, striking out three and walking four and giving up just two hits.  Smith allowed two earned runs during that time.  Zach May pitched the final 3 innings in relief of Smith, striking out seven and walking just one while allowing only one hit.  Offensively, Andrew Nickel had the big hit early in the game, a 2-out, bases loaded, 3-run double in the first inning.  Nickel also reached on an error later in the game where a couple of runs scored.  Plenty of Maniax got into the offensive action, so here goes:  AJ Rodriguez (2-3, 2 runs), Spencer Verhelle (1-2, 2 walks, 2 RBI), Kevin Markel (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Zac Charbeneau (2-4, double, 2 runs), David VanOverbeke (1-4, RBI), Devin Dennis (1-3, RBI, run), Tyler Wawrzyniak (2 HBP, 2 runs), and Zach May (1-1, run, RBI).  The Maniax are 5-3 after the victory.



GAME 7-June 9th

MANIAX 8, Michigan Dynamite 7

(8 Innings)

AJ Rodriguez played the role of hero tonight as the Maniax came through with a big 8-7 victory over the Michigan Dynamite in 8 innings. Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, 2-out, 3-run double in the bottom of the 6th innings to put the Maniax up by a run going into the last inning. After the Dynamite tied it with a lead off home run in the top of the 7th, Rodriguez once again came through and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning on a Kevin Markel ground ball that was booted by the Dynamite shortstop. Andrew Nickel had a nice game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, and Jeremy Todd contributed a big 2-run single as well. Zac Charbeneau had an RBI double, Dave VanOverbeke had a double and a run scored, and Spencer Verhelle contributed a single and a run scored as well. Zach May got the win on the mound, pitching a near perfect 2 innings in relief of starter Spencer Verhelle. May struck out 3 and walked none and only allowed 1 hit. Verhelle was once again very tough on the mound, allowing 7 runs (5 earned), in 6 innings pitched, striking out 3 while walking only one. The Maniax are now 4-3 on the season.



GAME 6-June 3rd

Chesterfield Rockets 7, MANIAX 6

The Maniax made a valiant comeback in the final two innings but fell just short in the bottom of the 7th inning with the tying run at third base.  The Maniax trailed 7-1 after the 5th inning, but pushed across 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th on RBI singles by Zac Charbeneau and Zach May and a Sacrifice Fly by Spencer Verhelle.  In the bottom of the 7th with two outs and runners on second and third, AJ Rodriguez fought off several pitches before hitting a solid ground ball that caused the third baseman to make an error and then throw it into the stands, allowing both runs to score.  Rodriguez took 2nd on the throw and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was left stranded even though Kevin Markel hit a solid ground ball to short, which was scooped up for the final out.  May and Rodriguez each had 2 hits and a run scored to pace the Maniax, while Markel pitched in with a triple and a run of his own.  Tyler Wawrzyniak and Devin Dennis each had singles to round out the hitting, while Wawryzyniak, Blake Smith (reached on walk), and David VanOverbeke (reached on error) each scored runs as well.  Devin Dennis took the loss on the mound, and although he struggled with control at times, he kept his team in the game by inducing a lot of ground balls, including a nice 5-4-3 double play turned by Andrew Nickel and Spencer Verhelle.  Dennis threw 6 innings, walking 6 and striking out 2, and allowed 6 runs, only 3 of which were earned.  Nickel pitched a perfect 7th inning, striking out one in the process.  The Maniax are now 3-3 on the season.


GAME 5-June 1st

MANIAX 8, Michigan Young Guns 6

The Maniax won their third consecutive game against a tough Young Guns team by a score of 8-6.  Zac Charbeneau got the win on the mound, going 4 1/3 innings and allowing 6 runs, only 3 of which were earned.  Charbeneau struck out 2 and walked 5, but allowed only 5 hits.  Spencer Verhelle picked up the save by pitching a near flawless 2 2/3 innings in relief of Charbeneau, striking out one and walking one.  Charbeneau helped his own cause at the plate by drawing 3 walks and scoring 3 runs.  Two of his three runs came on clutch 2-out singles by David VanOverbeke, who finished the game 2-3 with a run scored, but reached base all four times he batted.  Kevin Markel and Zach May each had an RBI single and a run scored, Jake Kuecken was 1-4 with a run scored, while AJ Rodriguez scored the only other run after drawing a walk to open the game.  Blake Smith picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk.  Markel also played a solid defensive game, contributing 2 putouts and 4 assists from his shortstop position.  The Maniax are now 3-2 on the season.



GAME 4-May 30th

MANIAX 19, Troy Hurricanes 11

The Marine City offense continued to shine in game two of the double header, this time knocking out an incredible 23 hits in the 19-11 win.  This time it was the 3rd inning that was big for the Maniax as they pushed across 7 runs on 8 hits in the inning.  Kevin Markel took the win on the mound, pitching the first three innings and allowing just 2 unearned runs on 5 hits and 5 walks.  Zach May got the save in the game, pitching the final 4 innings in relief of Markel.  May struck out 7 and walked 6, while allowing 9 runs, but only 4 of them were earned due to some shaky Maniax defense.  Markel had a stellar game at the plate as well, going 4-6 with a double, triple, 2 runs, and an RBI.  David VanOverbeke was 3-3 and reached base all 5 times he was up, scoring 5 runs and pitching in an RBI and 2 stolen bases.  AJ Rodriguez was 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 4 RBI's; Tyler Wawrzyiniak was 3-5 with a double, 4 RBI's, 2 runs, and a Sac Bunt; Zac Charbeneau was 3-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 2 RBI's; Andrew Nickel was 2-4 with a run and 2 RBI's; Jeremy Todd was 2-5 with a run scored; Jake Kuecken was 3-5 with a double and 3 runs scored; and May also pitched in with a single and a run scored.  The Maniax put together a total of 38 hits and scored 39 runs the the double header, and now stand at 2-2 on the season.



GAME 3-May 30th

MANIAX 20, Troy Hurricanes 10

The Maniax offense came alive in the first game of a twin bill, knocking out 15 hits and drawing eight walks, en route to the 20-10 win, including a HUGE 11 run 2nd inning.  Zac Charbeneau was the hitting stand-out for the Maniax, going 3-5 with two homeruns and 6 RBI's, including the mercying run in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Every player in the lineup had either a hit or an RBI, so here goes:  Kevin Markel was 2-3 with two walks, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI's and 4 stolen bases; Jeremy Todd was 2-3 with 3 runs scored and a stolen base; Jake Kuecken was 2-3 with a Sac Fly, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI's; AJ Rodriguez was 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI's, and 3 stolen bases; Blake Smith was 1-2 with a double, 3 runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base; Tyler Wawrzyniak was 1-3 with a run and an RBI; Andrew Nickel was 1-3 with a run scored; Devin Dennis had an RBI single and 2 runs scored; and David VanOverbeke pitched in with 2 walks, a run scored, and an RBI.  Smith took the win on the mound, pitching 3 2/3 innings while giving up 10 runs, only 6 of which were earned.  Smith struck out three and walked six.  Markel finished out the game on the mound, pitching the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up no runs while striking out two and walking two.  The Maniax are 1-2 on the season.



GAME 2-May 27th

Macomb Redhawks 5, MANIAX 4

The Maniax looked to have their first win of the season sealed up after a two-out RBI triple by Kevin Markel and a clutch RBI single by Tyler Wawrzyniak put the Maniax ahead 4-2 in the 7th and final inning, but the Redhawks scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the 5-4 victory.  Spencer Verhelle started and pitched a stellar five innings for the Maniax before injuring his shoulder in the top of the 6th inning and needing to be taken out of the game.  Verhelle gave up just two runs, only one of which was earned, while striking out two and not allowing a walk in his five innings pitched.  Andrew Nickel relieved Verhelle and pitched a scoreless 6th before running in to some control problems and a very small umpire strike zone in the bottom of the 7th.  Kevin Markel entered the game with the bases loaded in a tie ball game and only one out, and struck out the first batter he faced before walking in the winning run for Macomb.  Nickel had three strikeouts and four walks in his 1 1/3 innings pitched, taking the loss.  Offensively the Maniax hit the ball much better than in their first game, but left eight runners on base during the game.  Markel was 2-3 with a double, triple, and two runs scored, while Blake Smith was 1-2 with a run scored.  Nickel scored the only other run after drawing a walk, Wawrzyniak and Verhelle each had RBI singles, and Jeremy Todd had his second Sac Fly in as many games to round out the RBI's in the game.  Verhelle also had a double in the game, Zac Charbeneau had a triple, while Todd and David VanOverbeke each pitched in with singles.  The Maniax are now 0-2 on the season.


GAME 1-May 23rd

Macomb Redhawks 9, MANIAX 1

The Maniax started their season off on a tough note with a 9-1 loss to a tough Redhawks team.  Jake Kuecken pitched well in his first ever Maniax start but took the loss, giving up 9 runs (7 earned) in 5 1/3 innings pitched.  Kuecken walked three and struck out one.  Kevin Markel and Devin Dennis finished out the game on the mound and didn't allow another run.  Markel struck out one and walked one in 2/3 of an inning and Dennis struck out two and walked two in the final inning.  Offensively, the Maniax could only muster two hits on the day, a double from Markel and a single from Dennis.  Jeremy Todd drove in Markel with a Sac Fly for the only run of the game for the Maniax.  Also worth a mention was the defensive play of Tyler Wawrzyiniak, who had several nice plays, including an incredible run-saving diving catch in the 5th inning.  The Maniax are now 0-1 on the season.