Baseball: River Rats open strong, sweep Ypsilanti


Terry Bigham gave up his head coaching duties to David Brooks but unlike some coaches, Bigham left behind a roster loaded with experience and talent. The River Rats were a young bunch last year and suffered some growing pains, going 2-13 last season in the league.

“Our goal this year is to turn that around and go 13-2,” said Brooks who not only credits Bigham for leaving him plenty to work with but also teaching him how to be an effective coach.

Brooks has worked with Bigham for years, including the last two as the head coach of the JV team. He will have four-year varsity players Brandon Cooper (CF) and Gus Digiovine (pitcher/1B) along with top pitcher Clayton Skinner on his lineup card this season.

“We have an experienced team with nine players back from last year including our entire infield,” Brooks said. “The team is very well organized and focused and strong defensively which is what wins ballgames.”

The River Rats have won their first three ballgames, including a doubleheader sweep of Ypsilanti Community on Thursday. Huron won the opener 13-0 and the second game 19-2 to sweep the doubleheader.

Skinner went two innings with four strikeouts and only one hit allowed to earn the win in the opener. He also had a hit and scored two runs. Alex Cole was 3-3 at the plate with two runs and two RBI.

In the second game, Lucas Holcombe got the win.

Offensive stars included Cooper (one hit, two runs and two steals); Ben Chosid (three walks, three runs); Digiovine (2-3, two runs); Erik Carlson (2-2, three runs); and Nikko Siegfried (2-2, one run, one RBI).

The River Rats, who won their season-opener with a 4-3 win in 10 innings over Wyandotte Roosevelt, host Skyline on Monday with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.


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