PLYMOUTH — The start time of Thursday night's sectional opener against 20-win Mishawaka for Michigan City's baseball team wasn't the only thing that was delayed. The Wolves didn't record a hit or a baserunner until the fourth inning when Bryce Hayman was hit with a 2-1 pitch after Cavemen starter Sam Shively retired 10 straight hitters to start the ballgame.
A lack of offensive firepower was not an issue for the Cavemen (21-6), who blew the doors off the contest with a six-run fourth frame that saw 10 hitters come to the dish, sparked by four hits, including a two-run double from AJ Rosebush. And City (5-13-1) committed a pair of errors with one jumpstarting the entire inning for Mishawaka in their 7-1 victory to end the Wolves' season.
Derrick Dawson reached on a leadoff walk, leading Wolves coach Jeff Rochowiak calling on ace Bryce Hayman after Chris Gault threw three-plus innings of scoreless ball with a trio of hits given up. Shively was Hayman's first counterpart and reached on a Riley Shreve throwing error to put pinch runner Peyton Robinson on third with nobody out. Hayman slipped and fell trying to field a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Watt right in front of the mound to load the bases.
Sam Ruesky drove in the game's first run with an RBI single, followed by a Hayman wild pitch to score Watt, a Colin Fee bunt single and a 5-2 fielders choice. Grant Jablonski singled home a run and Rosebush cleared the bases with his two-run two-bagger to make it a six-run game.
The Wolves finally got some production from the bats to start the fifth when Tyler Siegmund laced a double down the left field line, and after a throwing error and a Cade Clarkson infield single, Siegmund scored on a passed ball to trim the advantage to five at 6-1.
Nick Bodle added the cherry on top for Mishawaka with a hard-hit RBI single to right field to score Donovan Snyder and make it a 7-1 contest.
With the victory, the Cavemen will advance to the second semifinal on Saturday at about 2:30 p.m. against South Bend Adams, who defeated South Bend Clay 5-4 in eight innings during the first matchup on Thursday. La Porte will face host Plymouth in the first game at noon on Saturday.
Editor's Note: Due to a tight deadline following a later start time than expected on Thursday, no quotes from either team were added to the publication of this story.
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Class 4A Plymouth Sectional
Mishawaka 7, Michigan City 1
Tyler Siegmund doubled and scored the only run for the Wolves in the loss.