Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader With Hope
Friday, May 04, 2012
Story by Andrew Knot/Photos by Sandy Palmatter
GAME ONE RECAP
The Knights fell just short in a tightly contested first game of Friday’s game one against rival Hope.
Making his first start after combining on complete a no-hitter with Nate Schepers last week, Joe Lambers took the mound for the Knights. With Lambers pitching, the Dutchmen went down in order in the first inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, leadoff hitter Grant Van Putten got on base after a Hope error. After advancing to second, Van Putten scored off another error to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
From there, both Lambers and his counterpart, Adam Clements, continued to thrive on the mound. Clements and Lambers combined for 19 strikeouts in the game, holding the score at 1-0 until the fourth inning.
After a couple of infield singles and a hit batsmen, the Dutchmen loaded the bases in the fourth. The Knights were able to get an out at the plate to keep the Dutchmen off the board. But Hope scored soon after that. Ty Peterson drew a walk and then TJ Klein knocked a double down the left field line to score two. After Eric Dawson added another RBI, Hope led 4-1.
The Knights would add a run in the bottom of the fifth when Scott Tipton hit a single to left center, scoring Van Putten. Hope took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning.
Van Putten drew a lead off walk in the top of the seventh. After advancing to second, Van Putten and Tyler Tos executed a double steal, but only Van Putten would cross the plate. The Knights fell by a score of 4-3.
The result advances Hope’s record to 20-17 overall and 16-9 in conference. Adam Clements’ record improved to 6-1 and Lambers record dropped to 4-5.
GAME TWO RECAP
The Knights took the second game of a Friday’s doubleheader with Hope, winning by a score of 1-0. Pitcher Grant VanderWall and third basemen Ben Cok played the heroes for the Knights.
VanderWall and Danny Detmar, who started the game for the Dutchmen, were each dominant on the mound, conceding only two hits through the first three innings.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Ben Cok drilled a homerun to left, putting the Knights on top by a score of 1-0. The homer energized the Knights’ biggest crowd of the season and swung momentum Calvin’s way.
The lone run was all that VanderWall would need. The sophomore peppered the strike zone all afternoon, striking out four and allowing only three hits.
VanderWall was also helped by some impressive defensive efforts. In the second inning, Ben Wohl robbed Chris Blair of a base hit. Moving away from first base, Wohl stabbed a grounder with the backhand and whipped a throw to first in time to record the out.
But the Dutchmen did manage to put a runner on in the seventh. Jon Ponte drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but that was as far as he would get. VanderWall retired the next three batters to conclude the game at 1-0.
With the win, Calvin’s seniors made their final appearance at Calvin Field a victorious one. The Knights’ record improved to 15-23 and 9-17 in conference. VanderWall earned a win and improved his record to 4-5.
“I’m proud of our guys,” said Coach John Sparks after the game. “We had two great pitching performances and played our two best defensive games of the season.”
As for the seniors, Sparks was glad to see them end their careers at home on a good note.
“This win means a lot to our seniors. It’s a nice way to finish at home,” he said.