By Justus Clark
The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team took both games in a double-header matchup against Lake Michigan College on Thursday, April 7 to extend their win streak to five.
In game one between the Raiders and the Redhawks, the Raiders came out on top, 11-9.
The Raiders got off to a great start scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first. Starting the rally was redshirt-freshman Caleb Engelsman with an RBI triple. Redshirt-freshman Ryan Dykstra followed it up with an RBI single and freshman Dylan Chargo with an RBI double. Freshman Zacarias Salinas, redshirt-freshman Caleb Engelsman, and Dykstra finished the inning with RBI singles to cap off the bottom of the first.
The starting pitcher for the Redhawks was Brendan Wesaw pitching only one inning and giving up eight runs. In relief was freshman Jack Westerhoff and sophomore Lane Martinek.
Starting at pitcher for the Raiders was freshman Drew Murphy. He pitched five innings striking out six and only giving up one earned run. In relief for the Raiders were pitchers freshman Colton Leatherman, freshman Xander Reisbig, and credited for the save was freshman Elliott Traver.
The Redhawks had a good offensive game scoring nine runs. One in the second two in the fourth, one in the sixth, and five in the seventh. The comeback effort wasn’t enough to defeat the Raiders.
Notable players on offense for the Raiders were redshirt-freshman Jacob Gumieny with three hits, Englesman with two hits and three RBI, Dykstra with three hits and two RBI, and redshirt-freshman Andres Rivera-Calderon with two hits.
In game two, the Raiders were able to take down the Redhawks again, 7-6, on a walk off single by Rivera-Calderon. With an 0-2 count in the bottom of the seventh, his single brought in the game winning run.
Starting at pitcher for the Raiders was freshman Brad Dunn. He got off to a rough start by giving up four runs in the first inning. Those four earn runs ended up being the only earned runs he gave up all game and he pitched a solid six and a third innings and finished with five. Freshman Elliot Traver closed out the game and was credited with the win, only allowing one run and also striking out one batter.
Starting at pitcher for the Redhawks was Cam Dalrymple, who pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs including a home run while striking out two. Out of the bullpen for the Redhawks was Caleb Schmitt, he pitched one and a third innings allowing three runs and only striking out one.
Leading the Raiders on the offensive attack was Engelsman who went two for three with two RBI. Rivera-Calderon also had two RBI for the Raiders. Some more bright spots for the Raiders offensively were Chargo, Max Varon, and Reisbig all contributing with a few hits.
The Raiders matchup on Friday, April 8 against Muskegon Community College was postponed to Sunday, April 10.
The Raiders will look to extend their win streak when they face off against MCC at Muskegon on Saturday, April 9, starting at 1 p.m.