Baseball Falls 7-4 to Davenport in Non-Conference Matchup
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.
The Panthers got on the board early when Jotham Woo singled to right center field, scoring Brandon Bongard.
The scoring continued in the third inning. Davenport added two more runs in the top of the inning off a Mike Allen double to center field. The Knights responded with two runs of their own. Calvin tallied four consecutive singles to lead off the inning. The third, coming off the bat of Scott Tipton, scored Grant Van Putten, who was the afternoon’s most active player on the base path, going 4-for-4 with three stolen bases. Later in the inning, Mike Fuller’s sacrifice fly scored Scott Tipton to cut the deficit to one. At the conclusion of three innings, Calvin trailed 3-2.
But the one-run margin was short-lived. Davenport brought two more runs home in the next inning. After some base hits in the bottom half of the fifth, Calvin was able to answer with a lone run off a Scott Tipton sacrifice fly. The Panthers then scored in the fifth and sixth innings. Calvin’s lone response came in the sixth when Tipton capitalized on an error to reach home from third base. At the end of six innings, Calvin trailed by three.
That three-run margin would hold as the pitching staffs, which had allowed a total of 27 hits through six innings, combined to allow only three hits in the games final three innings. Kyle Spoelma reached first on a single in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play ended the game at 7-4.
Despite the loss, Coach Sparks remained optimistic about what he saw from his team.
“I thought this was one of our better games offensively,” he said. “Our approach at the plate has improved; I’m really pleased with that.”
Davenport pitcher Chad Detweiler, who entered the game in the fourth and pitched four innings, earned the victory. Calvin’s Grant VanderWall, who started for the Knights, took the loss