Kalamazoo Valley and Glen Oaks split the first half of their weekend baseball series Friday with the hosting Cougars winning game one 12-5 and the visiting Vikings grabbing game two 2-0. Kalamazoo Valley used a nine-run second inning to assume control in game one. Glen Oaks got the upset in game two on the strength of Lane Good’s complete game shutout.
The Vikings opened with the lead in game one, but it was short lived thanks to KVCC’s nine-run second inning. All 11 Cougar hits came in the second and third innings, giving them plenty of cushion from any comeback bid from Glen Oaks.
Trent Quartermaine had three runs on two hits. Lucas Coker picked up three RBI on two hits. Mitch Begeman and Cade Stanton both picked up two runs and two RBI on one hit and Ben Mets added a two-RBI single. The Vikings had two hits and two RBI from both Rhett Evans and Austin Fancher. Both teams saw solid scoreless relief pitching with KVCC’s Sean Allison going two and 2/3 clean and a perfect three innings by GO’s Joel Richardson.
Game two was a pitcher’s duel between Glen Oaks lefty Lane Good and Valley’s Ben Thomas, who entered the day with an ERA below one. The Vikings managed to get their four hits within two innings, leading to their runs. Jeremy VanOosterum brought in Luke Crilly with a single in the third. A one-out double by Evans in the fifth led to another RBI single for VanOosterum.
Kalamazoo Valley’s best chance against Good came in the final frame. After getting only three singles and a walk in the prior six innings, the Cougars drew a walk and hit batsmen to start the seventh. However, Good used a fly out and two strikeouts to seal the deal. The high-powered Cougar offense had only been shutout once all season previously back in the first week of the season.
With Friday’s result, Kalamazoo Valley now holds an 18-14 overall record and 13-5 mark within the MCCAA Western Conference. Glen Oaks sits at 8-21 and 4-14 in league play. The Vikings and Cougars finish their weekend series with two games Saturday at Glen Oaks beginning at 1 p.m. ET.