The Oscoda Owls played a doubleheader against Whittemore-Prescott on Monday, May 21st and the North Star League-Big Dipper Championship was on the line. A little over an hour away Mio was battling for the same title. Depending on the outcome, the Thunderbolts or Owls would take the title or they would share it.
Oscoda dominated game one 5 to 1 over Whittemore-Prescott. Mio also won game one against Alcona, so the Owls needed a victory.
In game two, no magic happened until the third inning. The Cardinals took the early lead and scored four runs in the top of the third. The Owls needed a good run.
In the bottom of the third, Freshman Owen Franklin stepped up big in the batters box. He hit deep center-field sending home Nathan Nagal. The Owls were down 4-1. Tied at 4-all, Leroy Stevens was there to seal the deal. He sent a shot to center-field and Joel Livvix charged home for the go-ahead score. All nine runs were scored in the third inning. Senior Grant Huebel was proud of the way the Owls fought back.
“I mean we just didn’t get down,” Huebel said, “We came out and just started smacking the ball and everything worked out. It brought us back in the game. We never got down on each other.”
In the fifth inning Owls’ shortstop Gabe Kellstrom got Oscoda out of a jam with a nice double play.
Oscoda held on and topped Whittemore-Prescott 5-4. Mio lost game two to Alcona making the Owls the outright North Star League-Big Dipper Champions. Senior Nathan Nagel appreciated the dedication from his teammates.
“Everyone’s been working their hardest getting everything done, playing baseball the way baseball should be played,” Nagel said, “It’s been the best thing that’s came for Oscoda baseball in forever.”
Huebel is 4-0 on the mound. He allowed four hits and one run while striking out nine and walking one. Nagel pitched a complete game two and is 4-1.