Baseball drops MIAA Tournament game 7-3 at Hope
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, Mich. - For the third straight game at Boeve Stadium, the Calvin baseball team leaves with a loss. After falling to Hope both games in the MIAA regular season finale last Sat., the two rivals met again on Wed. May 8. The Knights dropped a 7-3 decision in the MIAA Tournament.
Junior Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian) took the hill for the Knights. Schepers avoided major disaster in the first three innings, but Hope was able to tag Schepers for three runs. Brady VanderWeele singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the first. After being bunted over, Chris Blair delivered an RBI-single to right center field giving the Flying Dutchmen a 1-0 lead after one.
Calvin tied up the game in the top of the third. Senior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran) stopped the string of six straight batters retired by Hope senior pitcher Cory Schmidt with a single to center field. Freshman first baseman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian) followed up with a single to right field advancing Jorgenson to third. Senior left fielder Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian) grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but got Jorgenson home.
After stranding two runners in the second, Schepers gave up two runs in the third, but the fourth inning proved to be his undoing. The junior was pulled after giving up three runs on four hits, and left two runners on base for junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington). Laster gave up two runs on a single to right field on the first pitch he threw, but settled down afterward. Laster ended up finishing the last 4.1 innings for Calvin pitching two-hit baseball.
Calvin cut Hope’s lead to 7-3 in the sixth inning on a two run single from junior catcher Kyle Spoelma (Grand Rapids/South Christian). The Knights could not muster anymore runs in the final three innings of the nine-inning contest, and fell to the Flying Dutchmen.
Sophomore center fielder Grant Van Putten (Holland/Holland Christian) finished the game 3-4 with three singles. He was, however, caught stealing for just the third time all season. Six other Knights finished with one hit.
Calvin returns to MIAA Tournament action tomorrow when the Knights travel to Boeve Stadium to face the Thunder of Trine University. The Thunder were defeated by Adrian 5-4 in the other MIAA Tournament game Wed.