Marine City Maniax

2014 Game Recaps

GAME 46-Backyard University 11, MANIAX 1

In the final game of the season for the Maniax, they fell to Backyard University in a five inning mercy rule win.  DJ Ledsworth took the loss on the mound and received relief help from Brendan OíConnor, Kyle Wernert, and Nolan Petz.  Petz saw his first action on the mound for the season and held the Backyard team to one unearned run in his inning of work.  On offense for the Maniax, Petz and CJ Wagner were the only players to manage singles in the game.  Wagner added an RBI as he drove in Brady Chicone for the only run of the game for the Maniax.  The Maniax season comes to an end with an overall record of 17-29.

 

GAME 45-MANIAX 14, Frozen Ropes Bombers 12

After trailing 12-8 with one out in the 7th inning, things didnít look good for our Maniax in an elimination game.  However, the Maniax mounted a rally for the ages and came away with six runs in the 7th inning for the victory.  CJ Wagner got the scoring going with an RBI single after a leadoff single by Brady Chicone and a pair of walks by Cade Perrin and Jared Showers.  Later in the inning, Brian Butler added a clutch game-tying squeeze bunt that was followed up by a go-ahead single by DJ Ledsworth and an insurance RBI single from Brendan OíConnor.  For the game, Nolan Petz was 2-4 with a double, two RBIís, and three runs scored, while Butler was 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wagner was 2-3 with two RBIís, Perrin had an RBI double, OíConnor was 2-4 with two RBIís,  Kyle Wernert had a single and a run scored, and Jackson Allen added an RBI squeeze bunt.  The Maniax are now 17-28 overall.

GAME BALL:  BRIAN BUTLER

 

GAME 44-Frozen Ropes Bombers 20, MANIAX 11

This one was not pretty right from the start for either team, and the marathon ended after four innings due to a time limit.  Jared Showers, Brady Chicone, Jackson Allen, and Jeremy Davenport each saw time on the mound for the Maniax, with Showers taking the loss.  On offense, Cade Perrin and Showers each had a pair of singles in the loss, while Nolan Petz and Chicone each added a single, RBI, and two runs scored.  Kyle Wernert added a two run single, while DJ Ledsworth also had a single and a pair of RBIís.  The patient Maniax drew a total of eight walks in the game as well.  After the loss, their record now stands at 16-28 overall.

 

GAME 43-Harford Heat 7, MANIAX 6

The Maniax showed a lot of heart in this one, scoring five runs in the top of the 7th to pull within one run, but their rally fell short on a nice play by the Heat 3rd baseman on a Jackson Allen ground ball to end the game.  Brendan OíConnor started on the mound and threw very well for the Maniax, going four innings and allowing four earned runs on eight hits.  DJ Ledsworth threw the final two innings, allowing two runs and striking out one.  Cade Perrin and OíConnor each had a pair of singles to pace the offense with Perrin scoring a pair of runs.  Brian Butler and Ledsworth each added RBI singles, while Nolan Petz, Jeremy Davenport, and Jackson Allen each added singles in the loss.  The Maniax are now 16-27 overall.

 

GAME 42-MANIAX 8, North Central Baseball Acadamy 0

The Maniax got their first win of the Ripken tournament behind a big pitching performance by CJ Wagner.  Wagner threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed two hits while striking out three and walking five.  Brendan OíConnor threw the final 1 2/3 innings for the Maniax to close out the game.  OíConnor also paced the offense with a pair of singles and an RBI, while Kyle Wernert added two singles and two walks.  Jared Showers had a triple and two runs scored, while Brian Butler added a single and three runs scored.  Cade Perrin had a single and two RBIís and Wagner rounded out the offense with an RBI single to help his own cause.  The Maniax are now 16-26 overall.

GAME BALL:  BRENDAN OíCONNOR

 

GAME 41-NCCC Timberwolves 7, MANIAX 4

After the Timberwolves put up four runs in the first inning, the Maniax battled back to tie the score at four in the third inning but couldnít manage any more runs in the 7-4 loss.  Brady Chicone took the loss on the mound in relief of Cade Perrin, despite throwing the ball very well.  Chicone threw four innings and allowed three runs, striking out one and walking none.  Offensively, Perrin and Chicone each pitched in with a double and a single, while Perrin drove in a pair of runs as well.  Other Maniax collecting hits on the game were Jeremy Davenport and CJ Wagner.  The Maniax are 15-26 after the loss.

 

GAME 40-South Shore Seadogs 10, MANIAX 2

The Maniax started their year-ending Ripken trip against a tough Seadogs team and dropped their first game by a 10-2 score.  Jared Showers took the loss on the mound, throwing 2 1/3 innings.  Jeremy Davenport relieved Showers and threw 2/3 of an inning, and DJ Ledsworth threw a very solid 3 innings to close out the game.  Ledsworth allowed just one run on one hit, striking out two.  Offensively, the Maniax could only muster one hit from Nolan Petz, and he and Showers scored the only two runs for the Maniax.  The Maniax are 15-25 overall.

 

GAME 39-Michigan Patriots 11, MANIAX 10

The Maniax held a 10-5 lead after 5 Ĺ innings in this one but couldnít hold on for the win as the Patriots scored three in the bottom of the 6th and three in the bottom of the 7th for the walk off win.  Jeremy Davenport started on the mound for the Maniax and threw a very solid 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking no one.  Cade Perrin and Brady Chicone threw in relief of Davenport, with Chicone taking the loss.  Offensively for the Maniax, Brian Butler was 3-4 with three singles and Nolan Petz was 2-3 with an RBI double and a run scored.  Brady Chicone added a pair of runs scored and a 2-run single, while CJ Wagner added a single and two runs scored.  Cade Perrin had a single and an RBI, while Davenport added two runs scored and an RBI.  The Maniax finish the MABF season with a 10-14 record and are now 15-24 overall.

 

GAME 38-MANIAX 15, Michigan Patriots 5

The Maniax jumped ahead early in this one and never looked back behind the solid pitching of CJ Wagner.  Wagner hurled the first 5 1/3 innings and limited the Patriots to just three hits.  Wagner struck out six and walked five in the win.  Brendan OíConnor pitched the final 2/3 of an inning and struck out one.  Offensively for the Maniax, Brady Chicone played the role of table setter from the lead-off spot, reaching base five times and scoring three runs.  Nolan Petz was 3-4 with a double and three RBIís, Cade Perrin was 3-3 with an RBI, and Jared Showers was 1-3 with two runs and two RBIís.  Kyle Wernert added an RBI double, and Brian Butler and Wagner each pitched in with hits.  DJ Ledsworth drew three walks and scored a pair of runs in the win.  The Maniax are now 10-13 in the MABF A Division and 15-23 overall.

GAME BALL:  CJ WAGNER

 

GAME 37-Grosse Pointe Avengers 13, MANIAX 12

The Maniax had plenty of opportunities in this one to put away the Avengers, but seemed to struggle with coming up with the clutch hit late in the game as well as making some costly errors down the stretch.  Grosse Pointe took an early 5-2 lead in the 1st inning, but a big six run second inning put the Maniax on top.  Unfortunately, the Avengers scored five more in the 4th inning and three in the 5th inning to pull out the victory.  Jared Showers started on the mound for the Maniax and threw 3 innings, and Brady Chicone pitched well but took the loss in relief of Showers.  Chicone threw three innings and allowed four runs, none of which were earned.  Offensively for the Maniax, their patience paid off as the boys drew a total of 11 walks despite a...questionable strike zone all night from the Grosse Pointe ump.  Chicone was 1-2 with three walks and a pair of runs scored, while Kyle Wernert was 2-3 with a pair of RBI's.  CJ Wagner continued his hot hitting with a pair of singles and an RBI, and Brian Butler was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored.  Other Maniax collecting base hits in the game were Nolan Petz, Showers, DJ Ledsworth, and Jackson Allen.  The Maniax fall to 9-13 in the MABF A Division and 14-23 overall.

 

GAME 36-MANIAX 12, Grosse Pointe Avengers 8

The Maniax kept their composure through a very emotional game and came out on top in a tough contest at East China Park.  Cade Perrin picked up the win on the mound in relief of CJ Wagner.  Perrin tossed 4 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on four hits.  Perrin struck out four and walked just one.  Wagner threw well to start the game but the Maniax defense let him down a bit.  Wagner threw 2 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs, only one of which was earned.  Wagner struck out two and walked one.  On the offensive side of the ball, Wagner was the standout.  The Big Cat pounded out three singles and drove in five runs to lead the way, while Nolan Petz added a pair of hits, one of which was a clutch three-run double.  Jared Showers added a pair of singles and three runs scored, while Cade Perrin was 1-2 with three runs scored as well.  Other Maniax collecting hits on the game were Brendan O'Connor, Brady Chicone, and Kyle Wernert, and Wernert drove in a pair of runs with his clutch single.  After a rough start on defense, the Maniax managed to pull off a pair of double plays in the final three innings.  One of the double plays was unassisted by Wagner at first base, and the other was a beautiful 1-6-3 double play from Perrin to Jackson Allen to Wagner.  The Maniax are now 9-12 in the MABF 13U A Division and 14-22 overall after the win.

GAME BALL:  CJ WAGNER

 

GAME 35-Grosse Pointe Redhawks 10, MANIAX 0

The Maniax cleaned up their defense in game two of the double header, but the Redhawks offense stayed hot in the five inning mercy rule win.  CJ Wagner took the loss on the mound, throwing the first two innings.  Cade Perrin pitched the next two innings in relief of Wagner.  Offensively for the Maniax, the could only manage three singles in the game off the bats of Brian Butler, Jeremy Davenport, and DJ Ledsworth.  The Maniax are 8-12 in the MABF and 13-22 overall after the loss.

 

GAME 34-Grosse Pointe Redhawks 17, MANIAX 0

Going into this double header with the Redhawks, the Maniax knew they would have to play flawless defense and throw strikes.  In this case, things didn't work out for the Maniax as they dropped game one of the double header by the score of 17-0.  All but one of the runs came in a  pivotal second inning where the Maniax defense committed four errors.  Jared Showers took the loss on the mound for the Maniax, and Brady Chicone pitched in relief.  The boys combined only allowed five earned runs but it wasn't meant to be.  Showers led the offense with a pair of singles, while Nolan Petz and Brian Butler were the only other Maniax to garner hits with singles of their own.  The loss puts the Maniax league record at 8-11 and 13-21 overall.

 

GAME 33-MANIAX 8, Anchor Bay Angels Red 4

The Maniax fell behind 4-0 before even having their first at bat in this one, but battled back and played shut down defense from there on out to secure the win.  Jackson Allen pitched the first four innings and got the win on the mound, striking out one.  "Dude...I've got a curveball that starts at the trees and lands at your feet," said a happy Allen after the game.  Allen received relief help from CJ Wagner, who earned the save by throwing the final three innings.  Wagner allowed just one hit and struck out two.  On the offensive side of the ball, Kyle Wernert continued to abuse the baseball with a 4-4 effort, adding a double and two RBI's.  "I knew once I realized that the sun was out that I was going to have a good day.  It took me a little while, but as soon as I looked in the sky there it was!"  Jared Showers barreled home a pair of doubles and received the Barry Bonds treatment with two intentional walks.  Brady Chicone was 1-4 with two runs scored, and Wagner added a hit an two RBI's.  Allen was 1-3 at the plate, executing a perfect hit and run, and Nolan Petz added a single and a run scored.  The Maniax are now 8-10 in the MABF A Division and 13-20 overall.

GAME BALL(S):  JARED SHOWERS and JACKSON ALLEN

 

GAME 32-Troy Titans 7, MANIAX 6

In a semi-final game for the ages, the Maniax came up just short to a tough Titans team.  The Maniax took an early lead after Brady Chicone singled to lead off the game and eventually scored on a passed ball, but the Titans battled back to tie it up in the top of the second inning.  Things stayed at 1-1 until the bottom of the third when Jackson Allen led things off with a single.  After a successful sacrifice bunt by Chicone, Nolan Petz singled and stole second to set the stage for Cade Perrin to drive in two runs with a clutch two-out single to put the Maniax up 3-1.  The lead wouldn't last long as the Titans hit a long home run in the top of the 4th to tie it up at three apiece.  It would stay that way until the bottom of the 5th inning when the Maniax had one of the most exciting innings ever.  Jeremy Davenport led things off with a walk and Jackson Allen hustled out a potential double play ball to keep hopes alive.  Chicone followed with a clutch single to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out.  Nolan Petz grounded into another fielders choice, again hustling down the line to stay out of a double play, and that set the stage for Jared Showers to hit a clutch two-out, first pitch, three-run homer over the center field fence to put the Maniax up 6-3.  The Titans didn't quit though and managed to string together five straight hits and a sac fly in the 6th to take a 7-6 lead and eventually win the game.  In addition to the highlights above, on the game Perrin was 3-3 with three singles and Brendan O'Connor was 2-3 with a double.  Petz and Allen each scored a pair of runs for the Maniax.  CJ Wagner took the loss on the mound in relief of Showers, who threw the first three innings and allowed just one run.  Cade Perrin also pitched in relief for the Maniax.  It was a disappointing but exciting way to end a great weekend!  The Maniax are now 12-20 on the season overall and remain 7-10 in the MABF A Division.

 

GAME 31-MANIAX 18, Mid-Michigan Momentum 3

The coaching staff would like to apologize to any baseballs that were injured in this game because the boys were sure MASHING!!  Every single player on the roster managed at least one hit and one run scored, so it is just easier to make a list this time!  Here goes:

Brady Chicone:  1-3 (Double, 2 RBI, run)

Nolan Petz:  2-3 (Double, 2 runs scored)

Jared Showers:  2-3 (Double, HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs)

Cade Perrin:  2-3 (Double, 3 RBI, 2 runs)

Kyle Wernert:  1-2 (2 runs)

Brian Butler:  1-2 (run)

CJ Wagner:  3-3 (Double, 4 RBI, 2 runs)

Brendan O'Connor:  1-3 (run)

Jeremy Davenport:  2-2 (2 runs, 2 RBI)

Jackson Allen:  2-2 (2 runs, RBI)

 

Now that we've got that out of the way...on to the pitchers!  Cade Perrin started and earned the win, going two innings an allowing two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.  Brendan O'Connor pitched in relief of Perrin in the shortened three inning game.  The Maniax are now 12-19 on the season.

GAME BALL:  JARED SHOWERS

 

GAME 30-MANIAX 4, Michigan Young Guns 3

The Maniax showed a ton of heart and grit in this one after allowing three runs in the first inning and falling behind.  The boys battled back to take the lead in the second inning and it stayed that way until the nervous end!  Jeremy Davenport started on the mound for the Maniax and Cade Perrin earned the win in relief.  Perrin tossed three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.  Brady Chicone earned his second save in as many games, hurling two shutout innings and striking out two.  Perrin started the scoring for the Maniax with an RBI single in the first inning, followed by an RBI groundout from Kyle Wernert.  In the second inning, CJ Wagner led off with a double and scored on a throwing error later in the inning.  Jackson Allen drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout.  On the game, Perrin and Wernert were both 2-3 with a pair of singles and Wagner added a single to go with his double early in the game.  The Maniax earned the #1 seed in their pool with the win and are now 11-19 on the season.

GAME BALL:  BRADY CHICONE

 

GAME 29-MANIAX 8, Eastside Niners 0

The Maniax bats came out a swingin' in the first game of pool play against the Eastside Niners.  The boys put up four runs in the first inning and two in the second, and never looked back behind the pitching of Jeremy Davenport and Brady Chicone.  Davenport started and got the win, going three innings and allowing just one hit and striking out one.  Chicone earned his first career save with three shutout innings of his own.  Chicone allowed three hits but walked none and struck out two.  Both pitchers relied heavily on a very solid Maniax infield in the win.  Offensively, Jared Showers belted a double and a single and drove in three runs, while Brian Butler had a pair of singles and an RBI.  Jackson Allen was 1-1 with a single, walk, and two runs scored and Nolan Petz added a single and two sacrifice flies with two RBI's.  Other Maniax collecting hits were Chicone, Kyle Wernert, and CJ Wagner with singles.  The Maniax are now 10-19 on the season.

GAME BALL:  JEREMY DAVENPORT

 

GAME 28-Bay Area Bulls 5, MANIAX 4 (9 Innings)

WHAT A GAME!!  The Maniax held an early 4-0 lead in this one until the 5th inning, but couldn't hold on and fell 5-4 in nine innings.  Jared Showers started on the mound and threw an incredible 8 innings on just 85 pitches.  Showers allowed three earned runs on 11 hits, but walked NONE in the game.  Cade Perrin took the tough loss in relief of Showers, allowing one earned run in the 9th and final inning.  Nolan Petz had a big offensive game for the Maniax, going 3-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored.  Brady Chicone was 2-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Kyle Wernert pitched in with an RBI double.  Showers had an RBI groundout and Cade Perrin drove in the other run with a non-traditional sacrifice fly to the shortstop.  Perrin and Showers each added singles in the loss.  The Maniax also turned in some sparkling defense, namely a slick double play turned by Jackson Allen and finished off by Perrin in the top of the 8th inning after the Bulls got runners on 2nd and 3rd with just one out.  Brian Butler also gunned down a key base runner in the 7th inning.  The Maniax are 9-19 overall and 7-10 in the MABF 13U A Division.

 

GAME 27-MANIAX 16, Anchor Bay Angels Red 12

In a game that was more offensive than seeing Rusty in a Speedo, the Maniax came out on top by a score of 16-12.  Cade Perrin started on the mound for the Maniax and threw three innings and allowing four earned runs.  Perrin struck out four and walked two.  Perrin got relief help from Brendan O'Connor and Jeremy Davenport.  Davenport was credited with the win, throwing a fantastic final 3 2/3 innings to close out the game.  Davenport allowed just one run on two hits, striking out one and walking two.  Kyle Wernert raised his team-high batting average in this one, going 3-4 with three runs scored.  Jackson Allen also enjoyed a nice day at the plate, going 2-3 with two singles, three RBI's, and yet another perfectly executed squeeze bunt.  Brian Butler was 2-3 with a double and a pair of RBI's, while Brendan O'Connor also enjoyed a two-hit game with two singles, two runs, and three RBI's.  Jared Showers added an RBI single, two HBP, and three runs scored, and Cade Perrin had a single and two runs scored.  The Maniax hammered out twelve hits in the game.  The Maniax are now 9-18 overall and 7-9 in the MABF 13U A Division.

GAME BALL:  JACKSON ALLEN

 

GAME 26-Sterling Heights Nationals 14, MANIAX 4

The Nationals rode the emotional high of game one in this one, jumping out to a seven run lead in the second inning and never looking back.  Brendan O'Connor started on the mound and took the loss for the Maniax, and he received relief help from Brady Chicone, Brian Butler, and Kyle Wernert.  Wernert led the offense with a pair of singles and two RBI's while Jared Showers pitched in with a double and an RBI.  Nolan Petz had a single and a run scored and Brian Butler pitched in with a single.  The Maniax fall to 8-18 overall and 6-9 in the MABF.

 

GAME 25-Sterling Heights Nationals 9, MANIAX 8

The Maniax jumped out to an early 8-3 lead after two innings, but the Nationals clawed their way back into the game with three runs in the 5th inning, one in the 6th, and scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the 7th to secure the win.  Jared Showers started on the mound for the Maniax, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits.  Showers walked three and struck out two.  Cade Perrin took the loss in relief of Showers, hurling the final 2 1/3 innings and striking out one.  Perrin also led the offense, going 2-3 with a double, two RBI's, and two runs scored, while Kyle Wernert continued his hot hitting with two singles and an RBI.  Brady Chicone and Brian Butler were each 1-3 with an RBI, while Nolan Petz, Brendan O'Connor, and Jeremy Davenport each added singles in the loss.  The Manaix are 8-17 overall and 6-8 in the MABF 13U A Division.

 

GAME 24-MANIAX 15, Michigan Hitz Black 2

When an opposing coach can be heard saying "these guys can't hit" and a an opposing first baseman wants to slap tag every kid that gets to first...well...that's all the Maniax need to light the fire under them in an offensive explosion!  Fourteen hits and fifteen runs later, the Maniax walked away with a five inning mercy rule win.  Jeremy Davenport took the win on the mound, throwing four solid innings and pitching out of several jams.  Davenport struck out three and walked none, and Brendan O'Connor pitched a perfect final inning.  Brian Butler led the offense, going 3-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Kyle Wernert was also 3-4 with two runs scored.  Brady Chicone and CJ Wagner each had a pair of singles and two RBI's, while Nolan Petz had a double, single, and two RBI's.  Jared Showers pitched in with a two-run double and Jackson Allen was 1-2 with a single and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt for an RBI.  The Maniax are now 8-16 overall and 6-7 in the MABF 13U A Division.

GAME BALL:  BRIAN BUTLER

 

GAME 23-MANIAX 8, Macomb Jet Box 0

An average of 12 pitches an inning is all CJ Wagner needed in this one as he tossed a complete game shutout against the Macomb Jet Box squad.  Wagner allowed just five hits and walked only one, while striking out six.  "I owe it all to Coach Showers for calling my pitches", a humble Wagner said after the game.  (OK, he didn't say that...but Coach Showers WISHES he did!)  Wagner also led the Maniax with the bat, going 2-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI.  Jared Showers had a nice day behind the plate, throwing out a pair of base runners, as well as knocking home a 2-run double and scoring a pair of runs.  Brian Butler had an RBI double and two runs scored, Nolan Petz had a single and a pair of runs scored, Brendon O'Connor had a two-run single, and Brady Chicone and Kyle Wernert each pitched in with singles in the win.  The Maniax are now 7-16 on the season and 5-7 in the MABF.

GAME BALL:  CJ WAGNER

 

GAME 22-Clinton Township Yellow Jackets 7, MANIAX 6

This one ended in walk-off fashion for the Jackets as they strung together four straight hits with one out in the bottom of the 7th to secure the victory.  Brendan O'Connor pitched a very solid 3 2/3 innings in relief of Cade Perrin but was tagged with the loss.  O'Connor allowed just the two runs while walking just one batter.  Perrin was the offensive star for the Maniax in this one, going 2-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBI's.  CJ Wagner was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored, and Jared Showers drew a pair of walks and scored twice as well.  Brady Chicone and Nolan Petz each contributed an RBI groundout in the loss.  The Maniax are 6-16 overall on the season and 4-7 in the MABF 13U A Division.

 

GAME 21-Clinton Township Yellow Jackets 3, MANIAX 1

Jared Showers turned in another stellar pitching performance, but the Maniax could only manage four hits on the day in the 3-1 loss.  Showers threw all seven innings, striking out six and walking one and allowing just two earned runs.  Offensively, Nolan Petz was 2-3 with a double, but the Maniax primary threat came in the bottom of the 7th.  Cade Perrin led off with a walk, then Kyle Wernert reached on a fielders choice and error, which put runners on first and second.  After a Brian Butler single, Gator Dombrowski drove in Perrin with a hit, but the ball took an unfortunate hop into Wernert as he ran to third, which was the first out of the inning.  The Maniax got the tying run to second, but weren't able to come up with the hit to drive in the tying runs.  The Maniax are 6-15 overall and 4-6 in the MABF after the loss.

 

GAME 20-MANIAX 7, Washington Senators 6

What a game!!  The Maniax fell behind by three runs early in this one, but clawed their way back into the game with solid defense and timely hitting to pull out the victory.  CJ Wagner shrugged off some early game struggles to keep the Senators off balance for 4 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking just three.  Cade Perrin earned his second save of the season by hurling the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit.  Nolan Petz was the leader on offense with a triple, two singles, and two runs scored, while Jared Showers was 2-3 with an RBI.  Brian Butler had an RBI and a run scored, while Kyle Wernert was 1-2 with and RBI and a run.  Gator Dombrowski had a double and a run scored, as well as a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt, and CJ Wagner had an RBI double and a perfect squeeze bunt.  Jeremy Davenport also drove in an insurance run with a squeeze bunt.  The Maniax are now 6-14 overall and 4-5 in the MABF 13U A Division.

GAME BALL:  NOLAN PETZ

 

GAME 19-MCBC 12U 19, MANIAX 10

The Maniax put together a gutsy performance, but in the end the Hit Dogs were too much on offense and the Maniax defense had some issues.  Brady Chicone hit the ball like a boss, going 4-4 with a double, two runs, and three RBI's, and CJ Wagner was 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.  Cade Perrin had an RBI single and a pair of runs scored and DJ Ledsworth also had an RBI and a pair of runs scored.  Brendan O'Connor had an RBI single, Nolan Petz, Kyle Wernert, and Jared showers each had a single and a run scored, and Gator Dombrowski also pitched in with a single.  On the mound, Brady Chicone pitched very well in his first start of the year, tossing 2 1/3 innings but taking the loss.  DJ Ledsworth threw very well in relief of Chicone, throwing the final 2 2/3 innings.  The Maniax are now 5-14 on the season against some very good competition.

 

GAME 18-MANIAX 13, Troy Astros 1

The Maniax bats came alive in a big way in the mercy rule victory!  Jared Showers was 3-3 with a double and three RBI's as well as pitching a complete game and allowing just three hits and one unearned run on his way to earning "Game Ball" honors.  Showers struck out three and walked none.  Offensively, there were a LOT of standouts...so here goes!!  Brady Chicone (1-3 with double and two RBI's), Jackson Allen (1-1 with a two-run single), Nolan Petz (1-3 with double and two RBI's), Brian Butler (1-3 with two SB and two runs scored), DJ Ledsworth (1-3 with a two-run single), Kyle Wernert (2-3 with a run scored), Gator Dombrowski (2-3 with a double and two runs scored), and Jeremy Davenport (1-3 with two runs scored).  The Maniax played an overall solid game and advanced on to the next round of the playoffs!

GAME BALL:  JARED SHOWERS

 

GAME 17-Macomb Panthers 12, MANIAX 7

The Maniax held a late lead in this one, but a huge 8-run 6th inning by the Panthers put the game away.  CJ Wagner pitched well but was tagged with the loss.  Wagner tossed 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking just two.  Brendan O'Connor pitched the final 2/3 of an inning in relief of Wagner.  Offensively, Jared Showers was 2-3 with a double, single, and three runs scored, while Brady Chicone was 3-4 with three singles.  Kyle Wernert was 1-3 with a pair of RBI's and Cade Perrin had two runs scored and an RBI.  Other Maniax collecting hits were Nolan Petz and Jackson Allen. 

 

GAME 16-NFWB Cobras 9, Maniax 1

Nolan Petz blasted a triple and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but that was all the Maniax could muster in their second meeting with the Cobras this year.  Kyle Wernert continued his hot hitting with a 2-2 day, while Cade Perrin and Garrison Dombrowski each contributed hits for the Maniax.  Perrin took the loss on the mound, going 3 2/3 innings and surrendering seven runs, but only three of them were earned.  Jeremy Davenport threw a solid 2 1/3 innings in relief of Perrin, allowing two earned runs and striking out two.

 

GAME 15-MANIAX 4, Washington Senators 3

DJ Ledsworth played the role of hero as he drove in the deciding run in the bottom of the 6th inning for the Maniax.  Nolan Petz led off the inning with a deep triple, and after a Jared Showers single and some mistakes by the Senators, the stage was set for Ledsworth to drive in the eventual winning run with a two-strike, opposite field base knock to drive in Showers.  Kyle Wernert sparked the offense with a big RBI double in the 5th inning to bring the Maniax within a run, while CJ Wagner pitched in with a pair of singles, and RBI, and a run scored.  Garrison Dombrowski and Cade Perrin added singles for the offense.  On the mound, Jared Showers threw a solid four innings, striking out five and walking four.  Wagner got the win in relief of Showers, throwing 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball and striking out four in the process.  Perrin got the one out save to preserve the win for the Maniax, who are now 3-5 in the MABF 13U A Division

GAME BALL:  KYLE WERNERT

 

GAME 14-Anchor Bay Angels Blue 18, MANIAX 1

The Maniax kept this one close until the 5th inning, but the Angels blew it wide open with six runs in the 5th inning and eight in the 6th.  Cade Perrin did a solid job on the mound for the Maniax and kept the mighty Angel offense at bay for four innings, striking out four batters.  DJ Ledsworth and Jeremy Davenport pitched in relief.  On offense the boys couldn't muster up much.  Nolan Petz singled and scored the only run on an RBI single from CJ Wagner.  Other hits in the game were singles by Brady Chicone, Brian Butler, Kyle Wernert, and Gator Dombrowski.  The Maniax are now 2-5 in the MABF 13U A Division.

 

GAME 13-Anchor Bay Angels Blue 15, MANIAX 5

The Angels put six runs on the board in the second inning and never looked back in this one, even though the Maniax battled to make it a one-run game in the 4th inning.  Unfortunately, a huge 6-run 5th inning iced it as the Angels took game one of the double header.  CJ Wagner took the loss on the mound and received solid relief help from Brendan O'Connor and Gator Dombrowski.  Offensively, Cade Perrin blasted a three-run triple and also scored a run, while Wagner added an RBI double.  Other Maniax collecting hits were Brady Chicone, Brendan O'Connor, and Dombrowski.

 

GAME 12-MANIAX 2, HITZ Black 1

Jared Showers did his best Max Scherzer impression in this one, tossing a complete game three-hitter to lead the Maniax to victory.  Showers struck out seven and walked just one in the game.  He was backed by solid defense as well all night, as Jackson Allen had three putouts and four assists at short and Brian Butler gunned down a pair of would-be base stealers.  The Maniax didn't commit an error in the game.  Offensively, only DJ Ledsworth and CJ Wagner could supply the offense with a hit, but Wagners was a clutch game-tying bloop that caused a collision in left field that jarred the ball loose as Brendon O'Connor flew around from second base to score.  The only other Maniax run was produced when Kyle Wernert drew a huge walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning after falling behind in the count.  He unselfishly and willingly had Nolan Petz re-enter the game for him to run and Petz advanced to second on a groundout by Brady Chicone.  After swiping third base, Allen then drove in Petz with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to give the Maniax their final lead of the game.  It was an overall team effort for the Maniax, who are now 2-3 in the MABF A Division

GAME BALL:  JARED SHOWERS

GAME BALL 2:  KYLE WERNERT

 

GAME 11-Batbusters 6, MANIAX 0

CJ Wagner pitched very well in this one, allowing just two earned runs in his five innings of work.  Wagner didn't walk a single batter and struck out two.  Jeremy Davenport pitched in relief of Butler.  On offense, the Maniax managed to get runners on all game long, but couldn't come up with the big hit when it counted.  The Maniax left TEN runners on base, seven of which were left in scoring position.  Brady Chicone led the game off with a double, while DJ Ledsworth and Cade Perrin were the only other two Maniax to get hits in the game.  Kyle Wernert reached base a couple of times via the walk but was left stranded each time.  The Maniax are now 1-3 in the MABF A Division and 2-9 overall.  KEEP YOUR HEADS UP BOYS!!

 

GAME 10-Batbusters 15, MANIAX 0

The Maniax bats fell silent in this one, but the Batbusters bats were blazing hot in the three inning mercy rule victory.  DJ Ledsworth had a double for the Maniax in the loss, while Jackson Allen and Brian Butler each added singles.  Cade Perrin took the loss on the mound, while Brendon O'Connor pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in relief of Perrin.  Not much else can be said about this one other than sometimes the other team just outplays you...as was the case here.

 

GAME 9-MANIAX 8, Downriver Raiders 0

CJ Wagner made sure that the Maniax didn't go winless on the weekend as he turned in an awesome pitching performance for the orange and black.  Wagner went all four innings, striking out three and walking just one.  Jackson Allen had a great game overall, going 1-1 with three RBI's and reaching base all three at bats.  Jeremy Davenport, Brady Chicone, and Kyle Wernert each scored a pair of runs and were a combined 4-4 with three walks to go with it.  Davenport had two singles, Chicone had a single, and Wernert added an RBI single.  Brian Butler swung a great bat, going 2-3 with a pair of singles and two RBI's, and Cade Perrin added an RBI in the game as well.  The Maniax finished the tournament with a 1-2 record and now stand at 2-7 for the season.

GAME BALL:  CJ WAGNER 

 

GAME 8-Elite Hitmen 7, MANIAX 4

The Maniax bats remained silent in this one until the 4th inning, but it seemed like the Hitmen had an answer for every rally the boys could muster.  Jared Showers the first 2 2/3 innings and took the loss on the mound, while DJ Ledsworth and Brendon O'Connor supplied the relief help.  O'Connor pitched a great three innings to close the game in his first pitching action of the season due to an arm injury.  He struck out two and walked two while allowing zero earned runs.  DJ Ledsworth got the Maniax out of their hitting slumber in the 4th inning with a clutch two-run single, and Kyle Wernert was 1-1 with a rally starting single an inning later.  Cade Perrin smashed a double to deep center, while Jared Showers and Brian Butler each added singles in the loss.  Garrison Dombrowski added an RBI groundout for the Maniax, who now stand at 1-7 overall.

 

GAME 7-Livonia City Thunder 11, MANIAX 0

The Livonia squad started hot in this one and stayed hot as the Maniax struggled to get anything going offensively after a big 8-run first inning for the Thunder.  Cade Perrin took the loss on the mound for the Maniax, and he received solid relief help from Jeremy Davenport.  Offensively, the Maniax could only muster three singles from Nolan Petz, Jackson Allen, and CJ Wagner in the game, while Brady Chicone made an outstanding diving catch defensively for the Maniax.  The team is now 1-6 overall.

 

GAME 6-Bay Area Bulls 14, MANIAX 0

Well...at least it was nice outside.  Oh wait.  Maybe not.  This was one that we will put in the rear view mirror rather quickly, as the Maniax left 8 runners on base in the first three innings and it seemed as though every ball the Bulls hit found it's way to green grass.  CJ Wagner was the tough luck losing pitcher as he tried to decipher a confusing strike zone all night, and he received relief help from Jeremy Davenport.  Offensively, Brady Chicone was 2-3 with a pair of singles and DJ Ledsworth and Brendon O'Connor each pitched in with singles in the losing cause.  The loss pushes the Maniax overall record to 1-5 and 1-1 in the MABF A Division.

 

GAME 5-MANIAX 2, Macomb Jet Box 0

WHAT A GAME!!  In one of the finest 13U games this guy has ever seen, the Maniax started their league season with a beautiful 2-0 win over Macomb Jet Box.  Cade Perrin was the star on the mound as he twirled a seven-inning complete game shutout, becoming only the second ever Maniax player to complete that feat (Nick Robinson-2010).  Perrin allowed just two hits while striking out 11 batters and walking just one.  Perrin was helped along the way by some sparkling defense from Garrison "Gator" Dombrowski at second base as well as Brendon O'Connor with a run-saving diving catch in right field.  Offensively, Perrin was the only Maniax hitter to manage more than one hit as he went 2-3 with a pair of singles (still counts even if it's 17 hops up the middle Rusty).  DJ Ledsworth each had a single and a run scored for the Maniax, while both runs were driven in by RBI ground outs from Brendon O'Connor and Brady Chicone.  Other players collecting hits for the Maniax were Nolan Petz and Brian Butler, while Jackson Allen contributed a key sacrifice bunt that led to the Maniax second run.  The Maniax are now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the MABF 13U A Division.

GAME BALL:  CADE PERRIN

 

GAME 4-West Oakland Wings 14, MANIAX 6

The Maniax battled hard and held the lead after 4 1/2 innings against a tough Wings team, but couldn't seem to get the third out in the 5th inning as West Oakland pulled away for the win.  Jeremy Davenport started and took the loss on the mound but was very solid overall.  Davenport threw 4 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking nobody.  CJ Wagner and Brady Chicone each pitched in relief of Davenport.  Offensively, Wagner had a pair of singles and an RBI, while Chicone, DJ Ledsworth, and Cade Perrin each had RBI singles.  Davenport helped his own cause with a pair of singles and two runs scored and Jared Showers added a single and an RBI groundout.  Nolan Petz also had a single and a run scored.  The Maniax finish the tournament at 0-4 overall.

 

GAME 3-MCBC Orange 12, MANIAX 4

The Maniax battle hard with one of the best teams in the area, but some defensive struggles cost them in the loss to the Motor City Baseball Club.  Jared Showers pitched a very solid game against a great hitting team, firing three innings and striking out two while keeping the MCBC hitters off-balance for most of the game.  Garrison Dombrowski relieved Showers, striking out one.  Offensively, the Maniax were unable to get much going at all.  Brian Butler had an RBI single and Cade Perrin was the only other batter to manage a hit with a single of his own.  Showers had an RBI groundout while DJ Ledsworth managed a pair of walks and a run scored.

 

GAME 2-Nationals Red 12, MANIAX 2

The Maniax ran into a hot hitting team in the second game of the Spring Thaw.  CJ Wagner threw well on the mound but got the loss, receiving relief help from Garrison Dombrowski.  Wagner threw 3 2/3 innings, striking out two.  Offensively, the Maniax again came out hot in the first inning as Nolan Petz dropped a bunt single to start the game and was knocked home by a Brady Chicone RBI double.  After advancing to third base on the throw, Jared Showers drove in Chicone with a sacrifice fly.  That was the last of the hits for the Maniax, who unfortunately grounded into two double plays as well.

 

GAME 1-NFWB Cobras 6, MANIAX 5

The Maniax started their season with a close loss to the Cobras at the Eastside Spring Thaw.  Cade Perrin started on the mound for the Maniax, throwing three solid innings and allowing just two runs while striking out seven.  DJ Ledsworth was tagged with the loss in relief despite throwing well and striking out three.  The Maniax had a big first inning when Nolan Petz started out with a walk followed by a Brady Chicone double.  Jared Showers followed with a two-run single and DJ Ledsworth knocked him home with an RBI double.  Unfortunately for the Maniax, the only other hit wouldn't come until the final inning when CJ Wagner knocked a single but was left stranded on base.