Midland High wins close matches over Saginaw Heritage, Bay City Western to win the district baseball title

Midland High wins close matches over Saginaw Heritage, Bay City Western to win the district baseball title

For Midland High Senior Nate Palmateer, a showing in tricky spots is almost expected late in the game.

And on Saturday, he was ready for a double dose of that stress.

Palmateer racked up a 4-3 win in eight rounds at Saginaw Heritage and then a 3-0 win over Bay City Western to propell the Chemics to a Major League Baseball title since 2018.

The two wins send Kimmex (29-10) into the regional semi-finals at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Traverse City Central, at Heritage Stadium.

“I was always put in these situations,” Palmatier said realistically after he and Chemics made a festive dog and posed for photos. “I feel great when I’m under pressure.”


In the semi-final against Heritage, Palmetre came comfortably from rookie Gabi Sokol, who left after four games with a 3-2 lead.

At the bottom of the seventh, the Hawks carried the bases with one hitter, one, sacrifice and walk. Mason Cole made a good sacrifice kick to tie the match before Palmer hits Joe Williams to finish the inning.

Palmeter then turned around for an eighth-place top and made a fly-by to score courtesy runner Ethan Claver and make the score 4-3.

Palmatera rocked the single by Heritage at the bottom of the eighth and hit the side to finish the win.

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