Saturday, May 04, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo Credit: Jeff Febus
HOLLAND, Mich. - After a two-game split with Hope at Fifth Third Ballpark Fri., May 3, the Calvin men’s baseball dropped two games by scores of 8-5 and 7-6 (9 innings) at Boeve Stadium on the campus of Hope College Sat., May 4. Fortunately for the Knights, they had already earned a berth in the MIAA Tournament for the first time in three years with the win at Fifth Third. Hope jumped all over the Knights in the first two innings of game one. The Flying Dutchmen scored one run in the first and seven runs in the second. Calvin chipped away at the lead scoring runs in three consecutive innings to cut the lead to 8-5. The Knights could not muster any more runs, and dropped game one. In game two, junior Cory Laster gave up three earned runs in five innings, and was in line for the win when Calvin scored four runs in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored a single run before Hope tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh after Calvin walked the bases loaded. Hope eventually won the game on a walkoff single by TJ Klein in the bottom of the ninth. With its win, Hope clinches a share of the MIAA championship and the top seed in the MIAA Tournament. Calvin, now 16-23 on the season and 15-13 in the MIAA. The Knights clinch the fourth seed, and will return to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen in the MIAA Tournament final. The game is scheduled for Wed., May 8. The time is to be determined.
Baseball Splits Twinight Doubleheader With Hope at Fifth Third Park - Clinches MIAA Tournament Berth
Friday, May 03, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Looking to secure its position in the MIAA Tournament, the Calvin Knights baseball team hosted the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Friday afternoon at nearby Fifth Third Ballpark. In order to claim a top-four spot, Calvin had to win at least one game or see Olivet drop at least one game to Kalamazoo. Both scenarios worked out for Calvin on Friday as Kalamazoo defeated Olivet 4-1 earlier in the day while Calvin split its doubleheader with Hope. In game one, the Knights got off to a tough start, giving Hope a 4-0 lead in the first en route to a 6-5 loss. In game two, it was Calvin that jumped out to an early lead it would not relinquish, scoring six in the first inning on its way to an 8-1 victory. Calvin will close out the regular season on Saturday at Hope with a doubleheader slated to start at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Calvin shortstop Jalen Bouma, a freshman from Ann Arbor (Huron HS) is this week’s MIAA Baseball Player of the Week. Last week, Bouma hit .471 (8-for-17) and drove in seven runs as the Knights took three out of four in an MIAA weekend series against Albion. He went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, to lift Calvin to a 6-5 win over the Britons, then later went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in an 18-0 win over Albion. Bouma, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career, added three runs, two doubles and two stolen bases for the series.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ALMA - A berth in the upcoming four-team MIAA Tournament remains elusive for the Calvin baseball team. The Knights need either a win or an Olivet loss this week to clinch their first-ever league tournament berth. On Tuesday, Calvin got neither as it dropped a 7-4 decision at Alma in a conference game that originally began on April 19 but was suspended after two innings because of weather with the game tied 2-2. Calvin will now prepare for a four-game weekend series with rival Hope. The Knights will host Hope Friday night in a twinight doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park with first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Calvin will travel to Hope’s Boeve Stadium for a 1 p.m. twinbill.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Calvin dropped a non-conference 9-8 decision at Cornerstone University Monday afternoon. The Knights are now 15-19 on the season.Calvin held an early 4-0 lead but Cornerstone tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the second. Calvin regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third but the Golden Eagles scored three in the fifth and two in the seventh while Calvin came up with single runs in the seventh and eighth.Calvin used four pitchers in the game with sophomore Tom Bouwkamp (0-1) taking the loss in defeat. Max Crimp, Jeremy Kamp and Austin Juza also saw time with Crimp receiving the start and tossing the first three innings for the Knights. Calvin had 14 hits in the loss with freshman Jalen Bouma leading the way by going 3-for-4 with a double. Over his last five games, Bouma is batting .524 (11-for-21) and has raised his season batting average to .311. Also collecting two hits apiece were sophomore Grant VanPutten, senior Mike Fuller, junior Jack Jorgenson and senior Tyler Tos. Freshman Travis Kraai also had a triple with two runs batted in. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Alma to resume a conference game that was suspended because of weather on April 19 with the teams tied 2-2 after two innings. The resumption of the game will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALBION – Calvin moved closer to securing a berth in the upcoming four-team MIAA Tournament with a doubleheader sweep at Albion Saturday afternoon, winning by scores of 18-0 and 5-2. Calvin is now 15-18 overall and more importantly 14-9 in the MIAA. The Knights are in firm control of fourth place in the league standings and within striking distance of third place Trine. In Saturday’s opener, Calvin exploded for 19 hits while sophomore Nate Schepers and Ben Guilfoyle combined on the shutout with Schepers picking up his third victory of the year. Freshman Jalen Bouma went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in while sophomore Ben Wohl also had three hits. Collecting two hits apiece for the Knights were senior Tyler Tos, sophomore Grant VanPutten and freshman J.R. Frederick. In game two, junior Cory Laster went the distance to pick up his third win of the year. Laster struck out one and scattered five hits. Calvin struck for four runs in the second inning and added a single run in the third to build a five-run cushion. Albion scored two runs in bottom of the seventh before Laster ended the comeback attempt. Wohl had two of Calvin’s eight hits while freshman Travis Kraai drove in a pair of runs. Calvin will travel to Cornerstone on Monday for a 3 p.m. game.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Looking to solidify its hold on a top four spot in the conference, the Calvin College baseball team hosted the Britons of Albion College Fri. afternoon for the first half of a home-and-home MIAA series, with the second pair of games to be played at Albion on Saturday. Calvin entered the day with an 11-8 record in MIAA play - good for fourth place, while Albion was sixth at 9-11. Hoping to still jump into the tournament picture, Albion stole game one 4-0. Calvin then won a thriller in game two, twice coming from behind and then winning on a walk-off single from Jalen Bouma in extra innings to win 6-5. With the doubleheader split, Calvin moves to 13-18 overall and 12-9 in conference while Albion is now 11-19 and 10-12 in the MIAA. Calvin returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Albion for another twinbill, with first-pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
Monday, April 22, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin baseball hosted the Scots of Alma for a doubleheader on Monday afternoon. After dropping a game against the Scots last Friday in weather which featured snow flurries and near freezing temperatures, Monday’s outcomes contrasted as much with last Friday as the weather, with the Knights taking game one 4-3 and game two 13-5 under sunny skies. In game one, senior Ben Cok delivered a walk-off single with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Knights to the victory. Junior Jack Jorgenson gained the win in relief. In game two, Calvin exploded for 16 hits to roll to the win. Sophomore Grant VanPutten highlighted the win with three stolen bases with his third stolen base coming with a swipe of home. That steal was the 41st of VanPutten’s career and moved him into first place on the Calvin career list for stolen bases with 41, moving past Kevin VanDuyn who who held the previous record with 40. Calvin is now 12-17 overall and 11-8 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Albion in a doubleheader on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2013
ALMA - Calvin dropped the opening game of a doubleheader with Alma Friday afternoon at Klenk Park 6-5. The second game was then tied 2-2 after two-and-a-half innings before darkness suspended play. The resumption of game two has not yet been announced. In the opener, Calvin (10-17 overall, 9-8 MIAA), held a 5-2 lead but Alma scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead and then held scoreless the rest of the way to hang on for the win. Junior Jeff Victor (Holland Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 2-3 on the year. Junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee Lutheran HS) also tossed one inning of relief. Senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a double and three walks while junior Kyle Spoelma (South Christian HS) had a double and drove in a run. In game two, Calvin scored both of its runs in the second inning as freshman Jordan VanderWall (South Christian HS) drove in one run on a sacrifice fly and freshman Michael Kamp (Chicago Christian HS) drove in another run on a single. Grant VanderWall (South Christian HS) went the first two innings before play was haulted in the bottom of the third.
Calvin is scheduled to host Alma in a doubleheader on Monday at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
MOUNT PLEASANT - Calvin dropped a 10-0 decision at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon. The Knights are now 10-16 on the year. The host Chippewas exploded for nine runs in the third inning to put the game away early. Calvin had five hits in defeat. Freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) to raise his season batting average to .352. Freshmen Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) and Michael Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Kyle Spoelma (Kentwood/South Christian HS) all had single hits as well. Freshman Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 0-1 on the year. Sophomore Jeremy Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS), freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS), sophomore Ben Guilfoyle (Romeoville, IL/Plainfield East HS) and junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) all saw time in relief. Jorgenson pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two batters. It marked his first appearance for Calvin in a month after suffering an injury in March. Calvin is back in action on Friday, traveling to Alma for a conference doubleheader at 2 p.m.< 1 2 3 4 > Last »