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GRCC splits doubleheader vs Delta College, looks to win both vs Jackson CC

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Coach Mike Cupples has been wanting to see the errors go away for the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team in this stretch of big games.

On Tuesday, some of those errors were happening yet again.

“I feel like a broken record, to be honest, sometimes,” Cupples said of his team’s mistakes. “We just made more of the same errors that we simply can’t make to win every game.”

GRCC split its doubleheader at Delta College on Tuesday, losing the first game 6-4, and winning the second game 5-1.

In Game 1, Justin Palmbos (3-4) got the loss for the Raiders. Palmbos pitched six innings of work, allowing six runs, but only two of which were earned on nine hits, four walks, and five strikeouts.

Colin Meacham got the win for Delta College on four innings of work where he allowed four runs, but none of which were earned.

“We beat ourselves yet again,” Cupples said. “It’s been a problem for us to get going right out of the gate, mainly in the first game of a doubleheader.

“We have to eliminate those mistakes before we play a team like Jackson (College).”

Hitting-wise for the Raiders in Game 1, Brendan Johnson had a nice game, going 2 for 4 with one run batted in.

“We hit the ball decent at times all day but we could play better,” Johnson said. “It feels good to continue hitting the ball with some power and consistency.”

In Game 2, Sam Traver (4-2) continued his outstanding pitching for the Raiders, going seven innings while allowing just one unearned run on four hits and five strikeouts.

“Sam really had it going in the second game for us,” Cupples said. “He’s been great lately and we expected that out of him.”

Cody Orban got the loss for Delta College. Orban went six innings and allowed three runs, only two of them were earned, on four hits and three walks.

Batting leaders for GRCC in Game 2 started with Jalen Cox who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sterling Brinker also had a nice game going 1 for 3 with a walk, RBI, and run scored.

The Raiders are heading into possibly the biggest doubleheader of their season, and Cupples thinks they can take both games.

“We have to be better then we were against Delta,” Cupples said. “The way we play against Jackson (College) will say a lot about us.

“If we can win both of those games it could completely change our season.”

The Raiders’ doubleheader against Jackson College was originally scheduled for Thursday was postponed to today, April 29, due to weather. The games will start at 2 p.m. at Belknap Ballpark.