Baseball Drops Both Ends of a Doubleheader With Alma Monday at Calvin Field
Monday, April 23, 2012
By Andrew Knot
After leading for much of the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, the Knights dropped the first of a four game series with Alma in extra innings.
Calvin got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a hit-and-run. Ben Cok drove in Grant Van Putten. That lead would hold for most of the game.
The Knights had multiple scoring chances from there, but were unable to add to their lead.
Meanwhile, Nate Schepers was working Alma’s batting order from the mound. Schepers had command of both his fastball and curveball and could rely on either for a third strike. The Scots finally got a run off of Schepers in the fifth inning, squaring the game at one.
The Knights would answer in the bottom of when a Scott Tipton single scored Tyler Tos. Calvin would carry a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh.
But Alma was able to muster another run, forcing the Knights to regret not capitalizing on their scoring opportunities. The 2-2 tie held as Calvin was unable to score in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the eighth, the Scots brought a run around off a single to right field. Calvin was unable to equalize in the bottom of the inning, sealing the game at a final score of 3-2.
Richard Schreiber earned the win for the Scots. Cory Laster took the loss for the Knights.
The loss drops Calvin to 10-18 overall and 5-12 in the MIAA. Alma advances to 9-18 and 6-11.
The Knights hopes to qualify for the conference tournament took a hit on Monday, dropping the tail end of a twinbill to MIAA foe Alma.
Having lost the first game in disappointing fashion, the Knights needed a morale boost early. Instead, they surrendered a big inning to the Scots early in the game. Already in the second inning, Alma capitalized on a walk and an error to get on the board. A couple of batters later, Matthew Cresswell knocked a single down the right field line, scoring Adam Jock. Soon, Jeremy Kamp replaced Jeffrey Victor. The Scots would score a handful of runs there, ending the inning with seven runs on the board.
Calvin struggled to get on the board until the fifth inning. Alma had already put up a run in the top half of the inning, but Calvin was able to get it back in the bottom frame. Ben Wohl flew out, scoring Tyler Tos. And Ben Cok took advantage of an Alma throwing error to reach home from third. The Knights trailed 8-2 at the end of the fifth.
In the next inning, Grant Van Putten singled to left field, scoring Jake Van Alten. The Knights then scored off a balk. Ben Cok kept things rolling, doubling to bring Scott Tipton home. Calvin had cut the deficit to 8-5 by the end of the inning.
But the Knights went down quietly in the seventh, concluding the game in Alma’s favor.
Jeffrey Victor took the loss for Calvin, while Anthony Derror got the win for the Scots.
Calvin is now 10-19 overall and 5-13 in conference. Alma is 10-18 overall and 7-11 in the MIAA.
The two schools will play another doubleheader tomorrow in Grand Rapids at 2 pm.