2018-06-14 / Sports

Saginaw Sugar Beets open their season

By Lamont Lenar


The Saginaw Sugar Beets held the club’s inaugural game at Dow Diamond on June 5 against the St. Clair Green Giants. Saginaw lost the opener, 13-7. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar The Saginaw Sugar Beets held the club’s inaugural game at Dow Diamond on June 5 against the St. Clair Green Giants. Saginaw lost the opener, 13-7. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Saginaw Sugar Beets kicked off its first game of the season, and the first game in team history, on Tuesday, June 5, losing to the St. Clair Green Giants 13-7 at Dow Diamond in Midland.

The Sugar Beets are a new team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, which has 14 teams from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, Canada.

The team is made up of current local college players with collegiate eligibility. The Sugar Beets feature players from Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and Adrian College.

The team has connections to local high schools. Matthew Sulkanen, and Noah Marcoux both played for Heritage, with the opening day starting pitcher, Billy Blair, coming from St. Charles.


Saginaw Sugar Beet Gaosh Williams gets tagged out while attempting to take third during the Sugar Beets’ opening game June 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Saginaw Sugar Beet Gaosh Williams gets tagged out while attempting to take third during the Sugar Beets’ opening game June 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar St. Clair controlled the game from the start, scoring four runs in the first inning.

The Sugar Beets scored one in the third. Sean O’Keefe took first on a walk, took second on a single from Michael Westley and then scored on a single from Noah Marcoux.

The Giants scored four more in the fourth and one more in the fifth to take a 9-1 advantage.

Saginaw scored again in the sixth. Brady Wood singled, advanced to second on a walk by Sean Fannon, took third on a fielder’s choice hit and scored on a single by Connor Charping, make it 9-2.

St. Clair scored in the top of the seventh for the 10-2 lead

Saginaw got its bats rolling in the seventh with four runs scored. Gaosh Williams took first after being hit by a pitch, Wood walked, and Fannon then loaded the bases with a single. Williams then scored on a walk from Ryan Robinette. Connor Charping singled, sending Wood and Fannon home. Adam Proctor doubled, scoring Robinette to make it 10-6.


Ryan Missal runs down the outfield fly ball in the Saginaw Sugar Beets’ opening game at Dow Diamond on June 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Ryan Missal runs down the outfield fly ball in the Saginaw Sugar Beets’ opening game at Dow Diamond on June 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Giants scored three more runs in the top of the ninth, with the Sugar Beets getting one more run in the bottom of the inning.

With two out in the ninth, Proctor drew a walk, then advanced to second on a single from Ryan Missal. Proctor scored on a single from Matthew Houle, for the 13-7 final.

The Sugar Beets home games are played at several different fields, including Dow Diamond, SVSU, Bullock Creek, and Unionville- Sebewaing, until the team is able to get a field of its own.



Saginaw Sugar Beets catcher Adam Proctor shatters his bat on a ground ball during the Sugar Beets’ team opener June 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Saginaw Sugar Beets catcher Adam Proctor shatters his bat on a ground ball during the Sugar Beets’ team opener June 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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