Last Updated: August 28, 2015
SAINTS INDUCT BRANDON SMITH
The Manistee Saints added Brandon Smith to their Hall of Fame on Saturday with ceremonies at Rietz Park. A nice gathering welcomed Brandon to the Hall and he briefly addressed the crowd, thanking everyone and the Saints for the opportunity afforded him and area ball players.
SAINTS SEASON ENDS WITH LOSS TO ST. LOUIS
The Manistee Saints 2015 baseball season ended on Saturday as they lost to the St. Louis Spirits in the first round of the league championship series by a score of 10-4.
Defense, a season long nemesis of the Saints, reared its ugly head at the play-offs, giving
St. Louis 7 unearned runs making a loser of right-hander Zach Perry (2-5).
The Saints grabbed an early 2 run lead in the 2nd inning on an error and an Rbi single by Travis McCormick and padded that lead on a home run by Jim Virden in the 3rd, but allowed
St. Louis 4 unearned runs in a 5 run 5th inning that led to their downfall.
The Saints finished their season with a record of 20-16.
In Saturday’s other semifinal game, Oil City defeated two time defending league champ Ionia by a score of 9-5 and on Sunday the league championship game between Oil City and St. Louis was rained out after 3 innings with the score tied at 1-1 and will be resumed next Sunday.
After the game, long time Saints manager Phil Kliber announced his retirement as field manager of the team; it was Kliber’s 40th season at the helm of the Saints.
SAINTS LOSE PAIR TO ST. LOUIS
The Manistee Saints lost a pair of games to the St. Louis Spirits on Sunday, losing the
1st game 10-8 in extra inning and dropping the nightcap 8-3.
In the opener, a 3 run homer by the Saints Kreighton Rahn in the 5th inning tied the game at 7-7 but the Spirits came back with 3 runs in the top of the 9th to clinch the win.
St. Louis scored 4 runs in the first 2 innings of the nightcap and rode the pitching of Justin Young to the win.
Despite the losses the Saints advance to the league play-off series next weekend, meeting
St. Louis in the opening round at 1 p.m. at Lumberjack Park in Riverdale.