Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Calvin College junior Ben Cok has been named to the All-MIAA first team in baseball. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Cok batted .321 in 28 league games this spring while driving in 17 runs and scoring 18 runs himself. He was credited with nine extra-base hits including three home runs. He had a slugging percentage of .526. He was also 11-for-12 in stole base attempts. Cok finished tied for second in the MIAA in home runs, tied for sixth in runs scored, tied for fourth in runs batted in, tied for fifth in total bases and tied for second in stolen bases. He also led the MIAA in walks (16) and was third in on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage. A third baseman, Cok is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time in his career.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
HOLLAND - The Calvin baseball team closed out its 2012 season by dropping both ends of a doubleheader at rival Hope on Saturday. Calvin dropped the first game 3-0 and the second game 2-1 in eight innings. In game one, Calvin (15-25 overall, 9-19 MIAA) was limited to five hits while Hope scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Freshman Nate Schepers took the loss to finish his freshman campaign with a 4-3 record. In game two, Calvin tied the game 1-1 in the the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by junior Mike Fuller. In the eighth, Calvin had a chance to take the lead but stranded a runner at third base. Hope then used a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a basehit to win the game in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore Jeff Victor took the hard-luck loss to fall to 1-5 on the year. Calvin had six hits in the game while freshman Grant Van Putten stole his 21st base of the season which ranks as a Calvin single-season record.
Friday, May 04, 2012
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with Hope Friday afternoon at Calvin Field. A large crowd was treated to a pair of excellent pitching performances. Game one went to Hope 4-3 while game two went to Calvin 1-0. In the opener, Hope starter Adam Clements outdueled Calvin’s Joe Lambers for the win. Hope withstood a seventh-inning rally by Calvin with the Knights stranding the tying run on second base. Freshman Grant Van Putten swiped a pair of bases in game one to set a new Calvin single-season record for thefts. Van Putten now has 20 steals, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Peter Steiner last spring. In game two, junior Ben Cok blasted a home run to account for the only run of the game. The Cok homer came in the bottom of the fourth and was his third of the year. Meanwhile, sophomore Grant Vander Wall went the distance to record the shutout victory. Vander Wall outdueled Hope starter Danny Ditmar for the win. It marked the second straight year Vander Wall has edged Ditmar in a pitcher’s duel as Vander Wall edged Ditmar 2-1 a year ago in Holland. Calvin and Hope will conclude the four-game weekend series on Saturday at Hope in a 1 p.m. twinbill.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The Knights came through with an 8-3 victory over crosstown rival Aquinas on Tuesday. Freshman Jeremy Kamp started for the Knights, and held the Saints scoreless in his four innings of work. Calvin’s bats were silent in the first two innings, but the Knights drew first blood in the bottom of the third. Freshman Grant Van Putten knocked a single passed the drawn-in infield to score Dan Miedema, putting the Knights on top 1-0. Calvin added three runs in the fourth. Mike Fuller drew a walk to score a run and Drew Vos and Miedema added RBI groundouts to put Calvin on top by four. Tom Bouwkamp, who came on in the sixth, got the win for the Knights, who improved their record to 14-22 overall. Calvin will now prepare to host rival Hope on Friday at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin lefthander Joe Lambers its Pitcher of the Week for games played through April 30. Lambers, a senior from Grosse Pointe (Grosse Pointe South HS), teamed up with Nate Schepers to throw Calvin’s first no-hitter ever in an MIAA game as the Knights defeated Albion, 6-2. Lambers struck out eight and walked two in five innings of work as Calvin recorded the first no-hitter in an MIAA game since 2009. He also struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in 5-1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to Alma. Lambers is being honored as Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career.
Friday, April 27, 2012
By Andrew Knot
Joe Lambers and Nate Schepers combined for a no-hitter on Friday, helping Calvin to a 6-2 victory over Albion on Friday. The no-hitter is the first by Calvin in an MIAA contest. A senior at Calvin, Lambers pitched the first five innings, striking out eight and walking two, while Schepers (Holland Christian HS), a freshman, came on to pitch the final two innings, walking one batter. The no-hitter was the 26th in an MIAA game since 1958 and the first since Hope’s Derek Fairchild tossed a no-no against Albion in 2009. It is also the first combined no-hitter recorded since 1958. Calvin then came back to win 11-3 in game two behind a 12-hit attack. Freshman Grant Van Putten (Holland Christian HS), senior Scott Tipton (Stow, OH), freshman Ben Wohl (Canton, Mich.) and junior Drew Vos (Grand Rapids Christian HS) all had two hits apiece. Schepers came on in relief of sophomore starter Grant Vander Wall to gain the win to run his season record to 4-2.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Photo by Sandy Palmatter
ALBION - Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Albion on Wednesday, falling by scores of 3-0 and 4-3. Sophomore Cory Laster (Ludington HS) got the start for Calvin and took the loss to fall to 1-4 on the year. Calvin had six players gain a hit including a double by sophomore Kyle Spoelma (Kentwood/South Christian HS). In game two, freshman Tom Bouwkamp (Pella, IA/Pella Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin in relief of sophomore starter Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS). Bouwkamp is 0-2 on the year. Junior Mike Fuller (Sylvania, OH/Southview HS) had a pair of hits for Calvin including a double.The two teams are back in action on Friday with a doubleheader at Calvin scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with Alma on Tuesday, winning the opener 4-2 before falling 4-1 in game two. Alma took three of the four games in the series. In Tuesday’s opener, sophomore Grant VanderWall went the distance to pick up the win. VanderWall went the distance to pick up his third win of the season. VanderWall struck out five and scattered five hits in seven innings of work. Freshman Grant VanPutten had a pair of hits while Kyle Spoelma went 3-for-3. In game two, senior Joe Lambers took the loss, falling to 3-4 on the year. Freshman Spencer Schuiling had two of Calvin’s five hits in the loss. Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Albion for a 2 p.m. twinbill.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with visiting Alma Monday afternoon at Calvin Field, falling 3-2 in game one and 8-5 in game two. The Knights now stand alone in eighth place in the MIAA standings at 5-13. Game one went to extra innings as the Scots blooped a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh to tie the game and then took the lead in the top of the eight. Calvin had the tying run on third and the winning run on second in the bottom of the eighth but could not deliver across either baserunner. Sophomore Cory Laster took the loss. In game two, Calvin gave up seven runs in the second inning to fall behind early but mounted a late comeback effort that fell just short. Sophomore Jeff Victor took the loss for the Knights. The two teams are back in action on Tuesday at Calvin Field in a doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
By Andrew Knot
The Knights’ record fell to 10-17 after a 7-4 non-conference loss to Davenport on Tuesday. Calvin collected 15 hits in the loss. Freshman Grant VanPutten led the way by going 4-for-4 at the plate while junior Tyler Tos, junior Ben Cok, junior Drew Vos and sophomore Steve VanderMolen all had two hits apiece. Sophomore Grant VanderWall took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the year. Calvin is back in action on Friday when it travels to Alma for a 2 p.m. conference doubleheader at Klenk Park.« First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last »