Alma Takes Both Ends of Doubleheader From Calvin
Friday, May 06, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin fell in extra innings on Friday, dropping a 9-4 result in the first game of a doubleheader against Alma.
The Scots got on the board early with two runs in top of the first. Adam Rezmer knocked in two runs down the right field line. Calvin would remain scoreless until the fourth inning. By then, Alma had tallied two more runs. In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore Tyler Tos scored on an error, making the score 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Knights threatened once again. Calvin loaded the bases with no outs and scored on a wild pitch. Then, with the bases loaded, junior Jake Van Alten was pegged not once, but twice, at the plate. Both times, however, he wasnít awarded a base, with the umpire ruling that Van Alten didnít adequately avoid the pitch. On the subsequent pitch, Van Alten was then called out on strikes on a controversial strike three, ending the Calvin threat.
The Knights left the inning after scoring just one run, but with a new sense of energy. Calvin responded in the bottom of the sixth two game-tying runs. Peter Steiner slapped a triple to right center field and Scott Tipton also batted in a run.
Tied up in the seventh, Calvin managed to load the bases. Calvin loaded the bases with one outs. The Knights were unable to score.
The Scots broke the game open in the top of the eighth. Alma put up five runs, a few of them aided by Calvin errors. The Knights were unable to muster up an answer in the bottom half of the inning on the short end of a 9-4 score.
In the second game of Fridayís doubleheader, the Knights lost to Alma in late-game fashion.
Calvin put the first two runners on base in the bottom half of the first inning. Ben Cok then laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third with one out. The Knights were unable to bring the runs across however, and entered the second inning with no score.
Again in the second, Calvin put runners on first and second but couldnít come away with any runs.
Alma responded with runners on first and second in the top of the third, but senior Peter Steiner got out of the inning by forcing a ground out to second. The game remained scoreless entering the fourth inning.
Sophomore Tyler Tos knocked a base hit to center field. Tos then stole second and Steve VanderMolen drew a walk to first. Mike Fuller and Tos then executed a picture-perfect hit and run to score the gameís first run. The fourth inning ended after VanderMolen was called out at the plate.
Meanwhile, Steiner was efficiently managing the game from the mound. Entering the seventh inning, Steiner had scattered four hits and kept the Scots off the board.
Then, with runners on the corners and two outs in the sixth, Mike Fuller sliced a base hit down the third base line and scored Trent Zwiers.
But Alma clawed back in the top of the seventh. The Scots posted four runs in the top of the inning. Calvin threatened in the bottom of the seventh by loading the bases, but failing once more to bring the runs across.