Kalamazoo Central 11, Loy Norrix 1 – six innings
A fourth-inning outburst broke open a tight ballgame and helped Kalamazoo Central run away with an 11-1 win over Loy Norrix in a Division 1 District baseball matchup.
The Giants held a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, when the floodgates opened. The inning started with three walks, and a hit-by-pitch in consecutive order. Jack Eukert then drove a single to center field, bringing in Hunter Tanner and Jeffrey Deyoung. Nick Rakowski then stepped up and doubled, bringing in Alika Edmonds and Matt Bau. Later in the inning, O’Neil singled to bring in Fulton and would eventually score on a passed ball before the inning’s end.
Four different players led the Giants with 2 RBIs each, including Brooks Hemingway, who went 3-for-3 (double) with two runs scored and a walk. Edmonds, Uekert and Rakowski also had 2 RBI each. Rakowski finished with two hits, as did Hilario DeLaPaz.
Starting pitcher Lukas Bolton threw five strong innings for the Giants, allowing one run on one hit, while sending three batters down on strikes. O’Neil pitched one scoreless inning in relief, allowing one hit.
Yohannes Ademodi drove in the only run for Loy Norrix, which finished with two hits as a team.
Kalamazoo Central advances to face Portage Central on Saturday, at 12 pm.
W- Lukas Bolton: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
L- Adam Dorstewitz: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Photos by Chris Carpenter
Vicksburg 14, Coldwater 0 – five innings
Adam Henderson had a complete game on Tuesday, in more ways than one.
Henderson threw a complete-game, five-inning shutout, and delivered at the plate, helping Vicskburg to a 14-0 win in Division 2 District baseball action.
From his leadoff spot, Henderson went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. That was all he needed on the mound, where he allowed only one hit and had eight strikeouts.
Austin Bresnahan had a big day swinging the bat, going 2-for-2 (double) with 4 RBI. Jacob Conklin and Nick Swope both drove in a pair of runs, each, for Vicksburg.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in getting runs up in a hurry, as Vicksburg plated six runs in the first inning, four in the second inning, and four more in the third inning. In only four innings at the plate, Vicksburg totaled 13 hits.
W- Adam Henderson: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Portage Northern 10, St. Joseph 7
Portage Northern snuck past St. Joseph in one of the most unlikely ways, as the Huskies kept their season alive during Division 1 District action, 10-7.
Trailing 6-5, and down to their last out, the Huskies got the next six batters on base without recording a hit. Portage Northern had four consecutive batters who were hit by a pitch, then drew a walk, and watched another run score on a wild pitch. Before it was all over, the Huskies had plated six runs in the inning and led 10-6. St. Joseph scored one run in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn’t generate a serious threat to the lead.
After a rough outing from starting pitcher Cam French, the Huskies turned to Michael Lincoln, who came up big in a relief performance. Lincoln pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two runs on five hits and had five strikeouts.
St. Joseph had a five-run second inning to take a commanding early lead. The Huskies cut into the lead with three runs in the fourth inning.
Portage Northern did not have an extra-base hit, relying on 11 singles, four walks, and a few plunked batters to generate offense. Parker Brey went 2-for-3, leading Portage Northern with 2 RBI. Noah Hecht, Tyler Helgeson, Jon Wolf, Nolan McCarthy and Gannon Andrews all brought in one run each.
W- Michael Lincoln: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Parchment 2, Galesburg-Augusta 1 – 9 innings
Extra innings were needed to settle the score between Parchment and Galesburg-Augusta, during Tuesday’s opening round action from the Division 3 District tournament being played in Parchment.
The Panthers and Rams spent most of the game either scoreless, or knotted up at one. That is, until Brendan Kortz knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom half of the ninth inning, helping Parchment prevail, 2-1.
Kortz led all players with two hits, while Evan Jasiak brought in the other run for the Panthers, who will move on to face Comstock in the semifinal matchup on Saturday, at 10 am.
Parchment starting pitcher Garrett Stutz was solid, going five innings while allowing one run on one hit, and adding seven strikeouts. In relief, Jacob Bielski picked up right where Stutz left off. Bielski threw four innings, allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out four.
Rams starting pitcher Trevor Patterson certainly played his part, going eight innings and allowing only one run on six hits.
Gavin Miller drove in the sole run of the game for Galesburg-Augusta, bringing in Conner Beatty in the fifth inning.
W- Jacob Bielski: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 7 K
L- Thurman McDaniel: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Photos by Brett Beier
Colon 6, Athens 3
After a rocky start, Colon starting pitcher Andy Stoll settled in, and Austin Stoll was dominant in relief, as Colon won a Division 4 pre-district matchup with Athens, 6-3.
Athens took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Magi matched it with two runs of their own when Austin Stoll delivered a two-RBI triple. Colon took the lead with two more runs in the second inning, then padded the lead with a run in the fourth and fifth innings.
Athens, after its early lead, only managed one run the rest of the way, and was limited to just three hits. Andy Stoll got the win, and pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, while striking out six batters. Austin Stoll, in relief, pitched 2.1 innings of no-hit ball, and added five strikeouts.
Andy Stoll and Matthew Bissett both had two hits to lead the offense. Michael Barkman, Phillip Alva and Andrew Smolarz all added one RBI each.
Colon advances to play Mendon on Friday, at 11 am.
W- Andy Stoll: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
L- J. Hall: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K