Kalamazoo Valley split the home half of their baseball series Saturday against Kellogg with a 5-3 Bruin win in game one and an 11-1 Cougar victory in game two. KVCC remains two games behind Kellogg for first in the MCCAA Western Conference as they split Friday’s games in Battle Creek as well.
Almost all of game one’s scoring came in the first two innings. Cade Stanton brought home fellow Gull Lake alum Trent Quartermaine for a Cougar run in the first inning. The Bruins exploded with four in the top of the second on two RBI swings by both Zach Burkholder and Spencer Nelson. KVCC got two back in the bottom half, but no more against starter Connor Brawley.
Brandon Haynes gave Kellogg insurance on a seventh inning RBI triple. In the bottom half, Kalamazoo Valley put runners at second and third via a walk and hit batsmen. Jacob Falzone was brought in by the Bruins to get the final out and succeeded as Quartermaine went down looking on a full count called third strike.
W- Connor Brawley 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 12 K
L- Nick O’Dea 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K
S- Jacob Falzone 0.1 IP, 1 K
Listen back to the game one broadcast here
Game two was a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings with only four hits between the two teams. Vicksburg’s Garrett Ketelaar plated Haynes in the second for the lone Kellogg run with Chad Sommers allowing only one Cougar hit after four.
Kalamazoo Valley broke through in a massive way with a six-run fifth inning that saw two triples, one double, and three singles. The pounding continued with another six hits for five runs in the sixth inning, including three doubles. Lucas Coker’s two RBI double pushed the Cougars to the mercy rule threshold.
Coker, Quartermaine, and Mitch Begeman each had three RBI on two hits. Begeman, Quartermaine, Stanton, and Brady Neel all scored twice. Carsie Walker was incredibly efficient on the mound, needing only 66 pitches over his six inning victory.
W- Carsie Walker 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K
L- Chad Sommers 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP
Listen back to the game two broadcast here
After the weekend’s series, Kellogg leads the MCCAA Western Conference at 14-2, followed by the Cougars in second at 12-4. The Bruins are 20-12 overall and the Cougars are 17-11. Kellogg hosts Jackson Tuesday, then meets Grand Rapids next weekend. Kalamazoo Valley travels to Cuyahoga Tuesday, followed by next weekend’s series against Glen Oaks.