It was a busy weekend on the diamond with several doubleheaders Friday and tournament action Saturday. Here’s a look at all the action reported by schools in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties.
Portage Northern Huskie Invitational
Portage Northern wasted no time in putting on a show during its own Huskie Invitational on Saturday.
The Huskies opened the tournament with a 12-0 win over Wayland, with Brendan Perry pitching a no-hitter. Portage Northern then secured the championship with a win over Vicksburg, 9-0.
Two games, two shutouts for the Huskies.
“Our defense has been really good all year. Our defense is playing well,” said Portage Northern head coach Chris Andrews. “I thought coming into the year we’d have good defense. I knew we’d have good pitching if our guys threw strikes.”
For Perry, a third-year varsity pitcher, this was his first outing of the season.
“We expect him to be able to go out there and perform like that, and he did,” Andrews said.
In the championship match, the Huskies got another great outing from a starting pitcher Greg Lapetina, who has been a bit of a surprise factor on the mound for Portage Northern so far this season.
“Greg is kind of a surprise; I didn’t know he would have this big a role of pitching,” Andrews said. “But the times I’ve put him in, he’s thrown strikes and gotten people out. Lo and behold, he goes out and throws strikes again and doesn’t give up any runs.”
Lapetina also had a strong day at the plate, going a combined 5-for-7 on the day, with 2 RBI.
Leading the charge offensively against Vicksburg was Tyler Helgeson, who went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Helgeson’s biggest moment came in the fourth inning, when his two-out triple brought in a pair of runs.
Big two-out hits were a theme for the Huskies, as Gannon Andrews came up with a single to right field on a full count in the fifth inning, also bringing in two runs, and extending the Portage Northern lead to 6-0.
For Vicksburg, Saturday’s tournament marks six games played in the last three days. The Bulldogs opened the day with a 10-4 win over Schoolcraft, thanks in large part to a strong outing from Jacob Conklin.
Conklin went 5 innings, allowing three runs while striking out six, to earn the win.
“He’s a freshman, and he’s going to be a really good pitcher for us,” said head coach Brian Deal.
The Bulldogs were sluggish out of the gate, but a 7-run outburst in the fourth inning turned the tide.
“I talked to our guys, we had two games Thursday and two games last night, and I thought we were going through the motions a bit,” Deal said.
“When you jam a bunch of games in a short period of time, the kids have to treat it like it’s the highlight of their day. When you show up to the ballpark, it’s business-like.”
Tyler Vallier closed the door on any comeback, finishing the last two innings, allowing one run on one hit.
For Schoolcraft, Connor Nutt was admirable in relief, allowing one run in 3.1 innings, as he tried to keep the Eagles within striking distance.
Schoolcraft also fell in the consolation game to Wayland, 11-6. Nutt led the offense with 2 RBI, while Wyatt Adams and Mark Shaink both drove in one run each.
Photos by Corey Rhodes
Vicksburg 10, Schoolcraft 4
Schoolcraft held a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but the Bulldogs tied the game in the second and erupted for seven runs in the fourth to run away with the win. Conklin threw five innings of six-hit ball with two runs allowed and six strikeouts for Vicksburg. Vallier went two innings with one hit and one run allowed.
Mallery collected three hits (one double) for Vicksburg. Hendersan, Ketelaar (double), Tultz, Conklin and Bowling all had one hit. Tultz led the team with 2 RBI.
Hunt took the loss for Schoolcraft after 3 2/3 innings, which included five hits and two earned runs allowed. He struck out two batters and walked five. Connor Nutt went 3 1/3 and was responsible for three hits, one earned run and he finished with four strikeouts.
Dalton Adams and Garret Davis both registered two singles, and Wyatt Adams, Jack Hunt and Brady Flynn singled. Davis, Hunt and Flynn had 1 RBI each.
Wayland 11, Schoolcraft 6
Wayland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and made it a 4-0 contest in the top of the third. Schoolcraft battled back in the bottom half of the frame with four runs, but the Eagles couldn’t keep pace the rest of the way. Wayland tacked on two runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Adams and Flynn both had two hits, and Dalton Adams, Mark Shaink (double), Hunt, Nutt and Davis added one each. Nutt led the squad with 2 RBI.
Portage Central 4, Edwardsburg 0
The Mustangs, competing at a second site in the same tournament, scored all four runs in the first inning and still pulled out the shutout despite seven hits by the Eddies. Bronson Wyman got the win for Portage Central with five hits allowed in two innings of work. Carter Colosky went 3 2/3 in relief with one hit allowed and six strikeouts, and Nick Kolberg finished things off for the Mustangs.
Ben Cunningham (double), Luke Leto, Max Longman, Bronson Wyman (double) and Kolberg registered the hits for Portage Central.
Portage Central 9, Zeeland West 4
With a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning, Portage Central extended its cushion with a five-run frame. It was more than enough support for the Mustangs pitching staff. Gavin Brasosky was credited with the win after an inning, and Max Longman, Kolberg, Trammel Lindstrom and Leto all saw time on the mound.
Andrew Witt and Dawson Blevins came away with two singles apiece, and Leto (double), Longman, Wyman (double), Evan Williams (double), Jason Erhardt, Jack Juday and Gavin Brasosky had hits. Williams led the team with 3 RBI and Witt had 2.
St. Joseph County Tournament (First Round)
Sturgis 6, Constantine 0
Korbin Whitcomb went four innings on the hill without allowing a hit Saturday and he struck out eight Falcons for the win. Isaac Harper earned the save for a combined no-hitter. Harper fanned three batters.
Drew Murphy led the Trojans with two hits (one double), and Sam Leck, Jake Abbs, Brecken Stewart, Zach Chapman and Tony Harper all singled. Leck and Brayden Bathgate drove in two runs apiece, and Murphy and Stewart had RBIs.
Andrew Carper was saddled with the loss for Costantine. He went 3 1/3, scattered five hits and was responsible for two earned runs. Mitchell Bowdish threw 2 1/3 with two hits and one earned run allowed.
Loy Norrix Invitational
Delton-Kellogg 4, Loy Norrix 2
The Panthers took the lead on an error in the first inning and held on the rest of the way. Keegon Kokx started for Delton and allowed seven hits over seven innings with a pair of strikeouts. Adam Dorstewitz took the loss for Loy Norrix after four innings. He gave up just one hit and a run with 11 strikeouts. Yohannes Ademodi and Grant Emenheiser both had two hits for the Knights. Delton-Kellogg grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Knights answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. One more Delton run in the sixth added enough insurance for the Panthers.
Kalamazoo Home School defeated South Haven (score not reported)
South Haven 15, Loy Norrix 4 (Consolation)
The Rams scored a run in the third, six runs in the top of the fourth inning and eight in the seventh in an offensive outburst that the Loy Norrix couldn’t match. Ademodi finished with two hits, and Grant Emenheiser, Dorstewitz (double), DeAndre Worthy and J.T. Mitchell (triple) had one apiece for the Knights.
Delton-Kellogg 5, Kalamazoo Home School 2 (Finals, 8 innings)
No statistical information was reported
Photos by Brett Beier
Grand Rapids Christian Invite
Grand Rapids Christian 9, Kalamazoo Christian 8
The joy of a five-run rally to tie the game in the top of the seventh quickly turned to pain for Kalamazoo Christian as GRC’s Sam Lisiak produced a walk-off single that drove in the winning run. No other statistical information for Grand Rapids Christian was available.
Michael Moralez took the loss for the Comets after a four-inning appearance that yielded six hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts. Chris Terpstra pitched two innings and allowed two hits, one earned run and he struck out three.
Elliot Lemmer and Derek McClure both finished with two hits, and Travis Pease, Moralez, Alec Corwin and Kyle Koning all had one for K-Christian. Pease, Corwin, McClure and Koning drove in runs.
Calvin Christian 9, Kalamazoo Christian 5
J.J. Gasaway got the start for Kalamazoo Christian and he ended a 6 2/3 inning effort with eight hits and two earned runs allowed with a pair of strikeouts. Calvin Christian had a 6-0 advantage after the top half of the fourth, but the Comets made it a game with two runs in the bottom of the frame and two more in the sixth. Calvin Christian put an exclamation point on the contest with three runs in the seventh.
Moralez had two hits for Kalamazoo Christian, and Lemmer, Pease, Corwin and Block each had one. Lemmer drove in a pair of runs, while Pease and Block both had an RBI.
West Catholic Invite
Hackett 5, Powers Catholic 4
Sam Shea’s hard-hit, walk-off single scored Heath Baldwin for Hackett to cap an action-packed, final two innings. The Irish tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth before taking a 4-1 lead with a three-run sixth frame. Powers answered with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Joe Carr had a seven-strikeout effort and six hits surrendered on the bump. Garrett Warner and Andrew Widger (one double) both had two hits to lead the Irish. Cooper Smith, Carr, Shea and Steven Widger produced one apiece. Steven Widger led the squad with 2 RBI.
Hackett 4, West Catholic 3
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh with one out, the Fighting Irish put their rally caps on and delivered. Andrew Widger singled, advanced on a balk and moved to third on a passed ball. After Baldwin walked, Steven Widger hit an RBI single up the gut to put two men on. Smith drew a walk to load the bases and B Warner came up with another clutch single — a hard-hit grounder to left field that scored Baldwin to tie the game. With two outs, Keaton Ashby was the hero with a line drive to left field to send Steven Widger home.
Andrew Widger was the winning pitcher after 1 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two batters without giving up a hit. Sam Shea threw two innings with two hits and one earned run allowed, and Heath Baldwin went 3 2/3 with six hits surrendered and three strikeouts.
Brenden Warner and Ashby both doubled and singled, and Garrett Warner, Andrew Widger and Steven Widger finished with one hit apiece.
Games not reported:
Climax-Scotts at Homer
Comstock baseball at Bridgman
Stevensville-Lakeshore 6, Kalamazoo Central 0 (Game 1)
Kalamazoo Central mustered only two hits in seven innings, falling to Stevensville-Lakeshore in game one, 6-0.
Connor Brawley pitched five scoreless innings for Lakeshore to earn the win. Brawley struck out 8 batters while walking two. Joel Brawley pitched a perfect two innings of relief to seal the win.
Hilario DeLaPaz and Sam Henley each had a single for the Giants.
W- Connor Brawley: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
L- Lukas Bolton: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Stevensville-Lakeshore 15, Kalamazoo Central 8 (Game 2)
Led by Hilario DeLaPaz, Kalamazoo Central found its offense in game two, but it wasn’t enough, as the Giants fell 15-8 to Stevensville-Lakeshore.
DeLaPaz went 4-of-5 with 4 RBI. Jack Uekert added 2 RBI, while Owen O’Neil and Austin Dickens both added one RBI each.
On the mound, things didn’t go as well for DeLaPaz. While only allowing two hits, DeLaPaz walked five, giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings of work. O’Neil and William Fulton allowed eight runs in 3.2 innings in relief.
Four players for Lakeshore had multi-RBI games, led by 3 RBI from Oli Carmody.
W- Logan Morrow: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
L- Hilario DeLaPaz: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Schoolcraft 8, Saugatuck 3 (Game 1)
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Schoolcraft broke the game open with six runs, securing an 8-3 win over Saugatuck.
The big inning started when Jack Hunt and Alex Thole drew walks. Connor Nutt came through with an RBI double to give the Eagles the lead. After another walk, and a hit-by-pitch, Jett Gott drove in a run with a single, and Wyatt Adams extended the lead with a sacrifice fly.
Mark Schaink led the Eagles with 2 RBI, while Brady Flynn had the only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-2 at the plate.
Thole earned the win on the mound, after a 6-inning performance in which he allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven.
W- Alex Thole: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Schoolcraft 5, Saugatuck 1 (Game 2)
After a late-game offensive outburst in game one, Schoolcraft carried that momentum over to game two.
Schoolcraft scored five runs in the first two innings, and that’s all the Eagles would need, completing the sweep with a 5-1 win over Saugatuck in three innings.
Dalton Adams, Wyatt Adams and Mason Vernia were all credited with an RBI.
Mark Fox earned the win, pitching only the first inning. Fox allowed one run on one hit and two walks. Mason Vernia.
W- Mark Fox: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Sturgis 2, Vicksburg 1 (Game 1)
Sturgis sneaked by Vicksburg in a 10-inning affair on Friday, 2-1.
With two on and one out, Jake Abbs drove in an RBI single to finish the marathon.
The two teams sprayed 16 hits, with Vicksburg holding a slight edge in that category, 9-7. The respective pitching staffs, meanwhile, combined for 28 strikeouts.
Brecken Stewart got the start for Sturgis, and allowed only one run in seven innings, while striking out 12 and allowing no free passes. Jake Abbs earned the win in relief, pitching three scoreless innings, with five strikeouts of his own.
Vicksburg got a strong outing from starting pitcher Adam Henderson, who went 6.2 innings with 10 strikeouts, while allowing one run on four hits. Garrett Ketelaar took the loss, allowing one run in 2.2 innings.
Trevor Pryson drove in Vicksburg’s only run.
W- Jake Abbs: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
L- Garrett Ketelaar: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Vicksburg 5, Sturgis 1 (Game 2)
An early lead helped Vicksburg secure a split with Sturgis, taking game two, 5-1.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the second inning and would never relinquish the lead. After Sturgis cut the deficit to 3-1 in the sixth inning, Vicksburg answered back with two more insurance runs in the seventh.
Joey McCowen pitched the full seven innings for Vicksburg, earning the win. McCowen struck out 9 batters while allowing one run on five hits.
Adam Henderson and Garrett Ketelaar provided plenty of offense for Vicksburg at the top of the order, combining for three hits and 3 RBI. In the leadoff spot, Henderson went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI, and he also drew a walk. Ketelaar finished 2-of-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored. Trevor Pryson also added an RBI.
Korbin Whitcomb drove in the only run for Sturgis.
W- Joey McCowen: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
L- Sam Leck: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 11 K
Burr Oak 3, Tekonsha 0 (Game 1)
The Bobcats scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings for a SCAA shutout in the opener. Noah Greene only gave up three hits in the win and he fanned 13 batters with only one walk. He led the team with two hits (one double), while Braxton Hernandez, Matthew Greene, Logan Wood, Brandon Hernandez and Armando Beverly each had a hit. Wood drove in both runs for the Bobcats.
Burr Oak 9, Tekonsha 7 (Game 2)
Helped out by a six-run fourth inning, starter Braxton Hernandez battled for a victory after 4 1/3 innings of work. He struck out three, walked seven and gave up six hits. Beverly tossed 1 1/3 with one hit allowed, and Noah Greene struck out the only hitter he faced.
Braxton Hernandez (one triple) and Noah Greene (double, triple) each had two hits, and Matthew Greene, Brandon Hernandez, Damien Ultz, Beverly, Noah Norton and Isiah Palmer singled.
Howardsville Christian 6, Mendon 2 (Game 1)
Howardsville’s Withers went 5 2/3 innings with only one hit allowed and 15 strikeouts in the win. Cornwell led the team offensively with three hits (one double) and 2 RBI, and Jergens, Cripps, Withers (double) and Grandiland each had a hit. Grandiland drove in two runs. Howardsville scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win.
Mikki Feister took the loss for the Hornets after surrendering three hits and three earned runs. Noah Slaughter worked 3 1/3 innings and scattered four hits and was responsible for three two runs. He struck out seven batters. Wyatt Diekman, Cole Decker and Nate Eberstein singled for the Hornets.
Howardsville Christian 6, Mendon 5 (Game 2)
A four-run fourth inning was the difference for Howardsville in the second game. RBI singles by Jergens and Cripps started things off, then a sac-fly by Grandiland and an RBI single by Fair ended up being enough to finalize the sweep.
No pitching stats for Howardsville were available. Jergens, Cornwell and Fair each had two hits, and Cripps and Withers finished with one apiece.
Carson Cupp took the loss for Mendon. He was responsible for eight hits and two earned runs with a strikeout and a walk. Jaquan Hodges produced two hits, and Slaughter and Cupp both had one. Diekman, Decker and Slaughter drove in runs for the Hornets.
Edwardsburg 16, Three Rivers 0 (Game 1)
Jalen Heivilin, Parker Ellifritz and Zach Ludwick singled for Three Rivers. Edwardsburg information was not available.
Edwardsburg 17, Three Rivers 0 (Game 2)
Gavin Charvat singled for Three Rivers. Edwardsburg information was not available.
Centreville 12, Bloomingdale 2 (Game 1)
The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the fourth inning in the Southwest 10 Conference win. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Centreville cut in to the deficit with a run and then tied the game in the bottom of the third.
Derek Gleaton got the win with two innings of work, no hits allowed and three strikeouts. Seth Chiddister gave up three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. Alex Meyer led the team with three hits, Nick Weber, Hunter Hutchinson (two doubles) and Gleaton (one double) all had two, and Chiddister, Kyzer Bowen and Chad Spence singled. Hutchinson drove in five runs, Chiddister recorded 3 RBI and Spence had two.
Centreville 11, Bloomingdale 0 (Game 2)
Meyer started and earned the win after four innings that yielded five hits allowed and five strikeouts. Jared Spencer finished off the Cardinals in the fifth innings with three strikeouts.
Weber (one double) had three hits, Chiddister, Meyer (one double), Hutchinson and Gleaton each produced two, and Bowen singled. Meyer drove in a team-best three runs, Weber and Bowen had 2 RBI apiece, and Chiddister, Drew Frederick and Hutchinson had one.
Games not reported
Benton Harbor vs. Climax-Scotts
Pennfield vs. Gull Lake