The Sturgis baseball team jumped on Dowagiac right away Thursday for a 12-3 victory in Game 1 and the Trojans finished out the day with a 3-0 win in Game 2 (eight innings).
Sam Leck started the opener and gave up only three hits and one earned run over five innings. He fanned eight Chieftains and walked three. Jake Abbs earned the save with one hit allowed and five strikeouts.
Sturgis scored three runs in the first and two more in the second for a 5-0 lead. The team’s final five runs came in the top of the sixth frame.
Brecken Stewart and Korbin Whitcomb (three-run home run) had two hits piece, with Whitcomb notching 5 RBI. Stewart drove in two runs. Leck doubled, and Drew Murphy, Brayden Bathgate, Parker Stevens and Dalton Smith each singled. Murphy and Bathgate drove in runs.
The Trojan bats cooled off in Game 2, but there was more than enough support for Stewart, who tossed a one-hitter through six innings. Stewart compiled four strikeouts and a walk in the win. Murphy got the save by striking out four over the final two innings.
Neither team scored through seven innings before Sturgis erupted for three runs in the top of the eighth. With one out, Tyler Lovelace tripled on a line drive to right field. Leck followed up with an RBI single and Jake Abbs added a bunt that brought Leck home. Murphy bunted home Abbs for the final run. Whitcomb also singled in the game.
“Our pitching and defense was dialed in for how early it is in the season, as well as our first game back from spring break,” Sturgis coach Drew Rutenbar said.“The second game was frustrating because we couldn’t catch a break offensively. Tyler Lovelace started it for us in the eighth, and from there we had a few stolen bases and two suicide squeeze plays that helped seal the deal for us.”