Last season’s SAC Valley division baseball co-champions met Thursday in Kalamazoo with Hackett Catholic taking both games over Schoocraft. The Irish dominated game one for a 16-1 victory after three innings, followed by a tight 11-10 game two win over the Eagles.
Hackett crushed Schoolcraft quickly in the first game, racing ahead with a five-run first inning and eight-run second. Fielding woes, along with high winds, made life even harder for the young Eagle team. Joe Carr scored three runs, with two each by Eric Wenzel, Brenden Warner, Stephen Kwapis, and Keaton Ashby.
W- Heath Baldwin: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
L- Brady Flynn: 1.1 IP, 8 H, 13 R, 6 ER, 4 BB
The Irish had a similar first inning to open game two, plating four runs on three hits, two errors, and one walk. However, the Eagles came alive and evened the game with four of their own in the top of the second. Hackett reclaimed the lead with one in the bottom of the frame and grew the lead to 11-5 by the end of the fifth.
Schoolcraft battled back with four runs in the sixth on four hits, two walks, and an error. Hackett was able to leave the bases loaded with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning by reliever Keaton Ashby. In the seventh, the Eagles got three more hits to get within one and put the winning run on base with only one out. But the Irish survived, finishing the game with a strikeout and a strong 6-3 defensive play by shortstop Cooper Smith.
Smith and Brenden Warner both had three runs. Schoolcraft’s Dalton Adams had four hits and four RBI, along with three hits and three runs by Jett Gott.
W- Sam Shea: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
L- Marc Shaink: 6 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 1 K, 3 BB
The Irish improve to 3-2 overall with the victories and 2-1 within the SAC Valley. They travel Saturday to Grand Rapids to face West Catholic. After that, they’ll host Paw Paw Wednesday in a single game that can be heard live via JoeInsider.com.
Schoolcraft falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 within the SAC Valley. Ahead for the Eagles is makeup play at home Friday with Saugatuck, followed by the Portage Northern Invitational Saturday.
Meanwhile at the softball diamond, Schoolcraft secured a sweep with an 11-0 game one victory and a 21-4 game two win. Of note in game one, pitcher Adrienne Rosey threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and four walks over five innings.