Ten runs in the final three home innings of game one of the doubleheader helped the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team blow by Glen Oaks Community College, 11-7, Monday afternoon at Davenport.
Glen Oaks became the first to break into the score column in the top of the second as three straight singles to lead off the inning put them up 1-0. After the Viking’s hitter got thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, they hit a sacrifice fly to extend their lead to 2-0 as that was all for their scoring in the inning.
The Raiders didn’t waste any time cutting into their deficit as with one out they got back-to-back guys on base to set up runners on the corner with one out. Redshirt-freshman Andres Rivera-Calderon hit a sacrifice groundout in the bottom of the second to drive in a run to make the score 2-1.
After going scoreless in the bottom of the third, the Raiders led off the bottom of the fourth with a bang as freshman Xander Reisberg hit a game-tying solo home run to tie the game at two. After some base running woes along with unlucky hitting that was all for the Raiders scoring.
The Raiders scoring output went full swing in the bottom of the fifth as redshirt-freshman Caleb Engelsman hit a one-out triple to get things going. Redshirt-freshman Ryan Dykstra drove in Engelsman with a single to take their first lead of the game 3-2. After back-to-back walks and a sacrifice fly hit by Zacarias Salinas, the Raiders extended their lead to 4-2. After Rivera-Calderon singled to make the lead 5-2, the Raiders scored on a shortstop error to end the inning with a score of 6-2.
The Vikings came clawing back in the top of the sixth as they had six straight batters reach base with one out to cut into their deficit 6-5. The Raiders got out of the bases-loaded jam as they got a strikeout for out two and forced into a ground out to end the inning.
The was a similar storyline for the Raiders in the bottom of the sixth as the first five batters reached base safely before a Reisbig sacrifice flew for out one. By the end of their hitting rally, the Raiders extended their lead to 10-5. The Raiders notched another run on yet another shortstop error as they extended their lead to 11-5 by the end of the sixth.
The Vikings got one last chance to either tie or take the lead and it wasn’t looking good to start as the Raiders struck out the first two batters to start the top of the seventh. The Vikings followed up their batting woes with three-straight hits to cut into the Raiders’ lead 11-7. That would be all for the Vikings’ offense as they ended the game with a groundout.
The Raiders followed up their big offensive output and went on to mercy the Vikings 10-0 in five innings as Brad Dunn got his first career collegiate shutout.
The Raiders didn’t waste any time getting back into the scoring column as they opened up in the bottom of the first with a one out walk, triple, and single as they quickly took a 2-0 lead.
After going quietly in the bottom of the second the Raiders bats woke back up as a lead off single set up Dykstra to hit an inside the park home run to increase their lead to 4-0 with only one out. Freshman Dylan Chargo followed up the home run with a double. After a fly out pushed it to two outs in the bottom of the third the Raiders hit a double followed by a single to make it 6-0.
Redshirt-freshman Jacob Gumieny hit a one out triple to kickstart the bottom of the fourth for the Raiders and Engelsman hit a sacrifice fly to drive him in to extend their lead 7-0.
The Raiders wasted no time mercying the Vikings in the bottom of the fifth as a lead off triple followed up by a walk and a double made the score 8-0. Redshirt-freshman Max Varon hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-0. Freshman Luke Huerta put the final nail in the coffin as he hit the game winning double to seal the Raiders victory 10-0.
The Raiders welcome home Davenport’s JV baseball team as they play a single nine-inning game tomorrow, April 26, at 2 p.m.