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May 4, 2010
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Ann Arbor Pioneer silences Adrian baseball team's bats in sweep


Linda Campbell

Prostate cancer survivors leave the field after walking around the bases as part of the festivities during Monday's Strike Out Prostate Cancer game at Adrian.

By Josh Evans Daily Telegram Posted May 04, 2010 @ 01:00 PM ADRIAN, Mich. -

There was more to it then just the game as the Adrian High School baseball team hosted Ann Arbor Pioneer in Monday's Strike Out Prostate Cancer game.

The Maples had a season-high in attendance and held multiple events to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer during the twinbill, but the results on the field weren't as favorable as Adrian suffered 14-0 and 8-0 losses to Pioneer.

The losses didn't take away from the success of the event, and Adrian baseball coach and prostate cancer survivor Greg Jackson knows first hand how important things like this are.

"All this is to help people find out about prostate cancer soon enough to do something about it," Jackson said. "If people are aware of the it, then they can beat it. All too often it goes unnoticed and it can become deadly."

The Maples Fan Club sponsored a survivors walk around the bases as well as a dunk tank that put Adrian Middle and High School teachers onto the plank. Every dollar collected went to prostate cancer research and to raise awareness about the disease.

"It was so nice to see all of these people out here having fun at a high school baseball game," Jackson said. "We got some great support from teachers, fans, staff and the whole community. People wanted to come be a part of something important and we had a great turnout."

In the game the Maples didn't have many things going their way. Adrian managed just four baserunners (three walks and one hit) in the loss as Pioneer pitcher Will Nimbke who struck out nine.

After Pioneer took a 2-0 lead in the first, Adrian got its play of the game from center fielder Kyle Johnson. Pioneer's Ed Lee ripped a hard line drive into center but Johnson closed fast and made a full-stretch diving catch to prevent the hit.

"You could watch every game the rest of the year, pro, college or high school and not see a better catch then that," Jackson said. "For most teams that would jump start them but for us we couldn't use it as a spark. We are still learning how to use great plays to help our team get going, but we can't take anything away from Kyle. That was a great catch."

In the second, Jack Scheel ripped a two-RBI inside the park home run to put the Pioneers ahead 4-0 but the third inning is where things go out of hand.

Tony Cappelletty came into the game in relief of Gage Lolley with the Maples trailing 4-0. After giving up a run on a fielder's choice, Cappelletty surrendered a two-run home run to Pioneer's A.J. Ross. Lee followed with a homer of his own to put Ann Arbor ahead 8-0. Scheel capped the inning for the Pioneers with a RBI double and a 9-0 lead.

Ann Arbor all but closed the game with a four-run fourth inning to grab a 13-0 lead before adding their final run in the fifth.

Lolley took the loss for Adrian as he allowed four runs on three hits while striking out a pair and walking three in two innings of work.

"Pioneer is a good hitting ball club," Jackson said. "We left some pitches high over the plate and and they took advantage. Early on, I think we were doing an OK job, but as the game went on they started to time us up and get hits."

Game 2 was eerily similar for the Maples whose only hit was a single by Marcus Perez in the third inning.

Tyler Frank took the loss as he gave up eight runs on seven hits.

Pioneer pitcher Joey Johns gave up one hit and struck out six in five innings of shutout baseball.

"We have to give their pitching staff credit," Jackson said. "They threw a couple of nice games today and we didn't hit the ball today. We played better in the second game, but we have some things we need to clean up."

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