Baseball Splits Twinbill With Trine
Friday, April 29, 2011
In the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Knights took a nailbiting victory over Trine.
Calvin won the game by a score of 5-4 thanks to some early fireworks from the bats and late-game defensive heroics.
In the game’s opening inning, senior Peter Steiner knocked a basehit up the middle and fellow senior Andrew Bosma earned a walk to put two runners on base. Junior Scott Tipton, Calvin’s number five batter, then singled to right field and scored a run.
In the top half of the second, the Thunder responded with three runs of their own. Travis Case and Matt Zurbriggen hit singles off the Knights’ starter senior Keith Spoelstra. Mike Sentman then hit a single to right field that brought in two runs after a fielding error. Josh Rivera tallied an RBI ground out.
Calvin would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the second after Mike Fuller and Ben Cok executed a double steal, with Fuller taking home after Cok disrupted the play at second.
But the Knights did the real damage in the bottom of the third. Bosma got things started with a lead-off walk and Tipton followed that up with a single. After both runners advanced on a Tyler Tos sacrifice bunt, freshman Trent Zwiers drove a run in on a fielders’ choice. Jake Van Alten then knocked in an RBI and Drew Vos scored off a Fuller single.
Spoelstra kept the Thunder bats in check until the top of the sixth, with Zurbriggen scored Brian Hoeper on a sacrifice fly. The game entered the seventh with the Knights on top by a run.
Josh Rivera led off the seventh inning with a double, putting the tieing run in scoring position. He was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Smith then whistled a ground ball down the third base line. Third baseman Ben Cok lunged to block the ball and rifled it home from his knees. His pinpoint throw allowed catcher Trent Zwiers to tag the would-be tieing run at the plate, keeping the Knights on top. Zwiers then nabbed a pop fly just shy of the backstop to conclude the game.
Scott Tipton was 3-4 for the Knights, driving in one run. Sophomore Tyler Tos was 2-2 at the plate.
The victory improved Spoelstra to 6-2 and droped Trine starter Kale Popp to 4-5.
Then Knights fell inches short in game two of Friday’s double header with MIAA foe Trine.
In similar fashion to game one, the twinbill’s second game came down to a close play at the plate. This time, it was Calvin freshman Kyle Spoelma charging home on a Jake Van Alton double to left center field. Representing the winning run, Spoelma was the victim of an efficient relay home and the bang-bang play at the plate made for the game’s final out.
The final inning was part of a Knight’s comeback that started in the fifth inning. Trailing 7-0, Calvin stormed back after sophomore Ben Cok crushed a three-run homer to left center field, also scoring Miike Fuller and Jake Van Alten. From there, Peter Steiner drew a walk and scored second. Scott Tipton also walked. After a double steal, Steiner would score off a fielding error. Kyle Spoelma then doubled to bring Tipton home.
Ultimately, Trine’s seven early runs proved too much. The Thunder tallied three runs in the first inning off a string of base hits from Ryan Smith and Travis Case. Trine also notched runs in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.
Four underclassmen, Fuller, Cok, Spoelma, and Tyler Tos, posted two-plus hit performances for the Knights. Spoelma went 3-3 with an RBI and Cok with 3-3 with 3 RBI’s.
The loss dropped Calvin’s starter Peter Steiner to 4-3 and improved Keegan Worley’s record to 3-0. Due to poor field conditions, Calvin and Trine will play another doubleheader at Calvin field tomorrow.