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.
Monday, April 15, 2013
(Photo by Troy Ellens)
Calvin was unable to use home field advantage to its advantage Monday afternoon as the Knights dropped both ends of a conference doubleheader with visiting Adrian, losing game one 7-0 and game two 9-1. Adrian (17-9 overall, 11-5 MIAA) moves into a tie for first place with Hope with the victories while Calvin (10-15 overall, 9-7 MIAA) is now tied for third place with Trine. In the opener, Calvin was able to muster only three hits while Adrian erupted for 12 hits including a pair of solo home runs. Sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS), senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) accounted for Calvin’s three hits with VanPutten belting a double - his eighth of the season. Sophomore Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 2-1 on the year. Schepers struck out three and walked three in five innings of work. Sophomores Austin Juza (Stevensville/Lake Michigan Catholic) and Tom Bouwkamp (Pella, IA/Pella Christian HS) also saw time in relief.In game two, Calvin rapped out eight hits but could never string enough hits together. Adrian meanwhile picked up four runs in the third innings and never looked back, adding single runs in the fourth and sixth and three more in the seventh. Calvin’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) delivered an RBI single. Freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and senior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) had two hits apiece for the Knights. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS) took the loss to fall to 1-4. Laster struck out five batters in six innings of work. Junior Louis Hill Jr. (Romulus/Romulus HS) and freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) came on in relief later in the game. Calvin will now prepare for a single non-conference game at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. In game two, Calvin rapped out eight hits but could never string enough hits together. Adrian meanwhile picked up four runs in the third innings and never looked back, adding single runs in the fourth and sixth and three more in the seventh. Calvin’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) delivered an RBI single. Freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and senior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) had two hits apiece for the Knights. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS) took the loss to fall to 1-4. Laster struck out five batters in six innings of work. Junior Louis Hill Jr. (Romulus/Romulus HS) and freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) came on in relief later in the game.Calvin will now prepare for a single non-conference game at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. in Mount Pleasant.
Friday, April 12, 2013
ADRIAN – Calvin gained a split of a series-opening doubleheader at Adrian Friday afternoon, losing the opener 8-7 in nine innings before coming back to win game two 8-3. Calvin had 10 hits in the loss led by sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) who went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Junior Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was the starting pitcher for the Knights, going five innings, striking out three and walking one.In game two, Calvin broke open a 4-2 game with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth. VanPutten had another superb game, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wy-oming/South Christian HS) also went 2-for-4 while Bouma batted in three runs, driving in one on a sac-rifice fly and another on a run-scoring double. Junior Grant VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) went the distance to pick up his second win against two defeats. He struck out four and walked three. The two teams were scheduled to play at Calvin on Saturday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader. That twinbill has now been moved to Monday at Calvin with a 2 p.m. scheduled start.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out. On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a “Year in Review” video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.
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