A look at varsity baseball action that took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties.
(At Kalamazoo Central)
Kalamazoo Central 14, Jackson Lumen Christi 1 (Game 1)
Avery Thielman pitched all five innings in victory with only two hits and one earned run, along with seven strikeouts. Nick Rakowski was a double away from the cycle, picking up five RBI on a homer, triple, and single. Kaden Birchmeier scored thrice on three hits. Jeffrey DeYoung added three RBI and Hilario DeLaPaz scored three runs.
Kalamazoo Central 14, Jackson Lumen Christi 5 (Game 2)
The Maroon Giants picked up 19 hits, six of which were for extra bases. Thielman singled four times, tallying three runs and two RBI. Cole Hemingway tripled twice for three RBI and two runs. Austin Dickens scored two runs and Mitchell Herder had two RBI. William Ward pitched three shutout innings in relief.
(At Lakeshore Invite)
Portage Northern 4, Lakeshore 2
Xander Morris had a solid start on the mound with two unearned runs and seven hits over five and 1/3 innings, striking out five. Tyler Helgeson pitched the rest of the game clean and smacked a two-run home run. Greg Lapetina doubled and singled for a run and RBI. Nolan McCarthy also had a double and run.
Portage Northern 6, Lakeview 4
The Huskies used three runs in the first and three more in the third to get ahead, holding on after the Spartans got four in the bottom of the third. Lapetina struck out six in five innings, followed by two clean innings of relief for Cam French. McCarthy doubled and singled for two runs and a RBI. Trey Neal and Jack Eiden each tallied two RBI. With their wins Saturday, Portage Northern head coach Chris Andrews reached 500 career victories.
(At Byron Center)
Gull Lake 5, Byron Center 4 (Game 1)
The Blue Devils rallied with the tying run in the sixth inning and winning run in the top of the seventh. Justin Mansager notched the final run on a wild pitch and finished with two hits and two RBI. Luke Scoles and Dylan Stanton both tripled for a run. Avery Eastman pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs.
Gull Lake 7, Byron Center 1 (Game 2)
Braden Stanton pitched a gem, allowing only one hit and an unearned run in a complete game victory with four strikeouts. Mansager brought in four with one double and one run. Brandon Ruge scored twice and Dylan Stanton nabbed two hits and a run.
Colon 2, River Valley 0
Matthew Bissett earned the victory for the Magi with two hits allowed and a strikeout in four innings of work. Austin Stoll got the save. Bissett doubled and singled, and Brendon Barkman had a base hit for Colon.
Colon 6, Union City 1
Barkman tossed four innings of hitless ball for Colon and struck out five in the victory. Austin Stoll earned the save in the fifth inning. Andrew Smolarz recorded three hits, including a triple, Austin Stoll singled twice, and Bissett, Phillip Alva and Andy Stoll singled. Alva and Austin Stoll drove in two runs apiece and Andrew Smolarz had one RBI.
(At Lakewood Tournament)
Caledonia 8, Loy Norrix 4
Saranac 14, Loy Norrix 5
No statistics available.
Kalamazoo Valley 21, Ancilla 2 (Game 1)
Game one box score.
Kalamazoo Valley 9, Ancilla 3 (Game 2, unfinished)
(at Kalamazoo College)
Kalamazoo College 5, Alma 3 (Game 1)
Alma 12, Kalamazoo College 2 (Game 2)
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Climax-Scotts 7, Pittsford 2 (Game 1)
The Panthers took control early with a three-run first inning and two-run second. Zach Kienast had a solid outing on the mound, giving up two earned runs and seven hits in five innings. Brock Borden brought in four runs on two singles. Jackson Lawrence, Cole Eshuis, and Jake Lane all scored two runs. Andrew Elenga added two RBI on two hits.
Climax-Scotts 7, Pittsford 6 (Game 2)
The Panthers fell behind 6-3 after the second inning, but crawled back with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth. Lane scored three runs on three singles. Borden scored thrice as well with two hits and a RBI, along with five innings on the mound. Elenga smacked in three runners and Lawrence picked up three hits.
Plainwell 9, Dowagiac 0 (Game 1)
The Trojans held the Chieftains to only two hits with Plainwell starter Nick Tiller striking out eight over five shutout innings. Austin Miller scored twice and both Isaac Davis and Jakob Layton picked up two RBI.
Plainwell 6, Dowagiac 2 (Game 2)
Errors hurt Dowagiac in game two as only one of the six runs against starter Duan Simpson was earned in his five inning start. Offensively, Simpson drew three walks and scored and had a RBI. Tyler Hutson picked up two hits. Plainwell’s Reece Comerford and Austin Miller scored twice.
(At Hackett Catholic)
De La Salle 15, Hackett Catholic 3
De La Salle raced ahead with seven runs in the the first inning. The Irish had two hits from Andrew Widger, Sam Shea, and Garrett Warner. Widger, Shea, and Andrew Bridenstine scored. Hackett head coach Jesse Brown reached his 300th career victory.
Edwardsburg 8, Otsego 1 (Game 1)
The Eddies took control after a seven-run second inning, taking advantage of two hits,
four walks, and a few errors. Jonah Sibley was excellent in a complete game win, surrendering an unearned run with four hits and five strikeouts. Colby Sidenbender scored twice and brought in two runners on a hit and walk. Caden Goggins added two RBI on two singles.
Otsego 5, Edwardsburg 4 (Game 2)
The Bulldogs rallied for a walkoff win with a three run seventh inning which saw two errors and two of Otsego’s four hits. With bases loaded and two outs, Mason Ingold sent a single into left field, scoring Will Eldred and Addison Atwater for the win. Atwater gave up 10 hits and four earned runs in six innings. Mac Gaideski went six and 1/3 for the Eddies with five runs (one earned). Goggins and Connor Ostrander had two hits each for Edwardsburg.
(At Paw Paw)
Sturgis 13, Paw Paw 2 (Game 1)
Sturgis became the first team to defeat Paw Paw with the game one win, jumping ahead with a five run second inning and sealing the game with seven in the fifth. Isaac Harper allowed two runs and four hits over a four inning start. Harper also picked up three RBI and two runs. Drew Murphy had three RBI on three hits (one double) and Kendall Buscher scored three runs. Tony Bianchetti doubled twice for Paw Paw.
Paw Paw 10, Sturgis 5 (Game 2)
Paw Paw nearly mercy-ruled Sturgis with a 9-0 advantage after four innings. Caleb Bowen recorded all but one out with 11 hits spread. Kurtis Carr led the Paw Paw offense with three runs and three hits (one triple). Murphy was the top performer for Sturgis with a single and triple, two RBI, and one run.
(At South Haven)
Vicksburg 8, South Haven 2 (Game 1)
South Haven 2, Vicksburg 1 (Game 2)
No statistics available.
North Adams-Jerome 12, Burr Oak 2
Johan Gutierrez finished with two hits, and Matthew Greene (double), Damion Ultz and Thad Hahn (double) each had one for the Bobcats. No other information was reported.
(At Kalamazoo Valley)
Kalamazoo Valley 12, Ancilla 2 (Game 1)
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Kalamazoo Valley 22, Ancilla 2 (Game 2)
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(At Glen Oaks)
Grand Rapids 9, Glen Oaks 3 (Game 1)
Grand Rapids 9, Glen Oaks 3 (Game 2)
No statistics available
Schoolcraft 12, Constantine 1 (Game 1)
Schoolcraft 9, Constantine 2 (Game 2)
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(At Hackett Catholic)
Coloma 6, Hackett Catholic 5 (Game 1)
The Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead initially, although the Irish went ahead with one in the bottom of the second and four in the third. HCP would be shutout from there with Coloma tying the game in the fourth and going ahead in the sixth. Garrett Warner pitched five innings of relief for the Irish, allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits. Andrew Bridenstine led the offense with three hits, two runs, and one RBI. Steven Widger and Danny Kasson each had two RBI.
Hackett Catholic 9, Coloma 1 (Game 2)
Hackett head coach Jesse Brown claimed his 300th career victory powered by Connor Cavanaugh’s five inning complete game. Cavanaugh gave up only one run and three hits in the win. Sam Shea singled twice and doubled for two RBI and two runs. Michael Tourney picked up two runs on a single and double. Steven Widger cleared the bases for a three RBI double.
Kalamazoo Christian 10, Lawton 1 (Game 1)
The Comets powered ahead on a nine-run second inning. Elliot Lemmer allowed only two hits and one unearned run in his five inning complete game, striking out seven. Lemmer also picked up two RBI and Kyle Koning had three RBI. Josh Egberts, Alec Corwin, and Wyatt Steensma all had two runs.
Kalamazoo Christian 11, Lawton 1 (Game 2)
K-Christian moved to 4-0 in the SAC Valley with the game two win. Koning threw a six inning complete game with nine strikeouts, four hits allowed and an unearned run. Derek McClure had four RBI and a double. Lemmer tallied three hits, three RBI, and two runs. Egberts scored thrice on three hits and Corwin scored three on two hits.
(At Delton Kellogg)
Delton Kellogg 8, Galesburg-Augusta 2 (Game 1)
Riley Roblyer fanned 11 for DK in the win. The Panthers used a six spot in the third to pull away. Alec Beatty notched a double and two singles for the Rams. Thurman McDaniel scored both of their runs on two hits.
Delton Kellogg 2, Galesburg-Augusta 0 (Game 2)
Keegon Kokx had all but one out on the mound for Delton Kellogg, allowing only one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts. Gavin Miller had a solid outing in defeat for G-A, surrendering four hits and two earned runs in five innings, striking out eight.
(At Portage Northern)
Portage Northern 4, De La Salle 3
The Huskies walked off De La Salle, starting the seventh inning with a Malcolm Gaynor walk. After a sacrifice bunt, Tyler Helgeson singled home Gaynor for the win. Trey Neal started on the mound with seven hits and three runs (two earned) against him. Zach Quinn pitched two clean innings in relief. Helgeson had two of their four hits. Gannon Andrews knocked in two.
(At Kalamazoo Central)
Kalamazoo Central 9, Otsego 2 (Game 1)
Kalamazoo Central assumed control with a 5-0 score after the second inning. Brooks Hemingway had a four hit game with four RBI and one double. Christian Rakowski saw two hits and two RBI with a run. Matt Bau scored twice. Jack Uekert pitched a complete game win, giving up two earned runs on nine hits.
Kalamazoo Central 3, Otsego 3 (Game 2)
Both teams scored two in the first inning. The Bulldogs got one more in the second, then the Maroon Giants tied things in the fifth. Darkness claimed the evening after seven complete. Mitchell Herder gave up three runs in four innings, followed by three clean innings in relief by Sam Henley. Rakowski had a single, double, and RBI. Jake Slator went six innings for Otsego. Mason Ingold notched three hits and Will Eldred scored twice.
(At Gull Lake)
Gull Lake 8, Mattawan 5 (Game 1)
The Blue Devils slowly built up an 8-1 advantage after the fifth inning and held off a late Wildcat rally. Brandon Ruge had a strong start, pitching five and 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts, two runs (one earned) and four hits. Dylan Stanton tallied two singles, two runs, and two RBI. Jack Blesch and Dawson Clancy each knocked in two. Mattawan’s Kyle Van Liere tallied three runs and three RBI one three hits (one home run).
Gull Lake 7, Mattawan 0 (Game 2)
Luke Mastromatteo had a complete game shutout in the five inning contest with three hits allowed and six strikeouts. Stanton added two more hits and one RBI. Ruge picked up two RBI with a hit and run. Justin Mansager scored twice and Luke Scoles notched a RBI triple.
Allegan 8, Three Rivers 5 (Game 1)
After a back-and-forth affair early, the Tigers used a four-run sixth inning to secure the lead late over the Wildcats. Three Rivers had a three hit and two RBI game from Jalen Heivilin. Parker Elliftiz scored twice via a double and single.
Three Rivers 7, Allegan 4 (Game 2)
The Wildcats took control from the start with four runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Gavin Beuter pitched all five of the game’s innings with seven strikeouts, three hits and one earned run against him. Gavin Charvat smacked a triple and single for a run and RBI. Bryce Morlan singled and doubled for two RBI and a run. Heivilin brought in two and Ellifritz scored two.
Edwardsburg 14, Niles 2 (Game 1)
The Eddies whacked 13 hits, eight of which were doubles. Connor Ostrander and Jonah Sibley both doubled twice and added three RBI. Mac Gaideksi also tallied three RBI with three runs scored by Ostrander and Colby Sidenbender. A.J. Obren pitched five and 1/3 innings for the Eddies with three hits and two unearned runs.
Edwardsburg 3, Niles 0 (Game 2)
Zach Closson surrendered only one hit and walk over his five inning start, followed by a clean sixth and save by Drew Bidwell. Sidenbender scored two of their runs on two hits with Ethan Cebra getting the other Eddie run Bryce Blue added a double and single.
Decatur 2, Centreville 1 (Game 1)
The Raiders edged the Bulldogs in a pitcher’s duel. Decatur’s Jakob Southworth fanned 10 and allowed five hits and an unearned run. Centreville’s Seth Chiddister gave up two earned runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts. Hunter Hutchinson scored the lone Centreville run. Both Decatur runs came in the third inning on two RBI doubles.
Centreville 7, Decatur 4 (Game 2)
The Bulldogs grabbed control in the sixth inning, going from a 2-2 score to a 7-2 lead. Jared Spencer struck out eight and gave up five hits and two runs (one earned) in his five and 1/3 inning start. Derek Gleaton had two RBI and two singles. Trae Martin scored twice and picked up two RBI.
Colon 13, Camden-Frontier 9
A nine-run fifth inning put Colon over the top. Austin Stoll was credited with the victory as part of a four-pitcher effort by the Magi. Matthew Bissett pitched three innings with two hits and one earned allowed to go with three strikeouts. Andrew Smolarz went 1 1/3 with two hits and four earned runs allowed.
Phillip Alva led the Magi with two hits (one double) and one RBI, and Andrew Smolarz, Andy Stoll and Brendon Barkman (double) had hits. Andrew Smolarz and Brandon Crawford both drove in two runs, and Michael Barkman and Brendon Barkman added RBIs.
Mendon 14, Bangor 2 (Game 1)
The final score was a surprise after a 2-0 Hornet lead following the sixth inning. Mendon exploded for a 12-run top of the seventh that featured nine hits (three doubles) and five walks. Cole Decker pitched six shutout innings and struck out 12 with two hits allowed. Wyatt Diekman had four hits, two runs, and two RBI. Nate Eberstein scored thrice on a hit and three walks. Noah Slaughter scored three and Corbin Weinberg had three hits.
Mendon 5, Bangor 0 (Game 2, suspended)
The second game made it through three innings prior to darkness. Noah Slaughter threw three scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Emmett Bingman scored twice and picked up two RBI on a double and walk.
Hartford 12, Marcellus 6 (Game 1)
Hartford 3, Marcellus 1 (Game 2, suspended due to darkness in the fourth inning)
No statistical information was reported