By Paul Ce
The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team lost both games in their double-header with Lake Michigan Community College, 4-2 and 7-0.
The score doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as for most of these games, it was a pitching battle as the hitters had an off day. Lake Michigan scored six of their seven runs in the second game in the last inning.
Lake Michigan led GRCC seven hits to six in the first game and six hits to four in the second game. Lake Michigan just had more big plays from players like sophomore outfielder and pitcher Cole Searles who had one RBI in the first game and two RBI’s in the second game.
GRCC started off great in the first game shutting them down at the top of the first and then scoring a run with sophomore infielder, Brady Paganelli at the bottom of the first. They couldn’t keep this momentum going, however, as they died off as the game went along.
This was true for both games as GRCC tried to stay aggressive throughout both games, but couldn’t seem to execute their game plan.
Sophomore pitcher Jacob Wonsinski talked about the team’s inability to get pitches over the plate.
“I knew they had a lot of good hitters on their team, and we were trying to throw strikes and attack them and get ahead,” Wonsinski said. “But a lot of our pitchers were unable to, so we fell behind and gave a lot of hits.”
Lake Michigan’s fielding could also be a contributor to disrupting GRCC’s flow as they made some impressive catches throughout the day, catching some difficult balls in the air. GRCC had time fielding as they had a lot of balls come at them in awkward angles as Lake Michigan had a lot of infield hits. You can’t say that GRCC didn’t try their hardest, though, as they showed a lot of heart running after each ball.
At one point in the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game, down 1-0, it looked like GRCC might even come back and salvage a win, but it was all for naught. They had the bases loaded and only one out, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.
After the game, Raiders’ head coach Mike Eddington spoke about his message to the team after losing two tough games.
“We got knocked down and we gotta get right back up and bring it tomorrow,” Eddington said. ”It’s basically very disappointing… we gotta forget about it and learn from it and move on.”
After the game, the team ran sprints for self-discipline to make up for some of the sloppy mistakes they made in the double header, but afterwards they seemed to be in a good mood as they head into their next game against Aquinas at 3 p.m. on April 9 at Belknap Park.
The Raiders are now 10-15 on the season and 7-3 in conference.