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JV Baseball goes 3-0-1 for the week

After getting rained out Monday and Tuesday last week, the JV Baseball team welcomed Ottawa Hills for a double header at home on Wednesday evening, April 17.  

In game 1, Willy Zain took to the hill and picked up the win.  Anthoney Lizardo pitched well in relief.

Trenton Snoeyink pitches 5 scoreless innings against Forest Hills Eastern.  

Jeremy Campione, Trenton Snoeyink, Willy Zain  and Caleb Menefee totaled 2 hits each in the game.  While picking up a hit each was Logan Petty, Bailey Drake and Alec McDonald.

In game, 2 Issac Rypma was the starting pitcher and picked up the win for Game 2. Caleb Menefee also pitched in relief to close the game. The bats stayed hot in game 2 as the team totaled 11 hits. Leading the team with 3 hits each was Campione and Petty.  Lizardo and Zain had 2 hits each and Dylan Knauf had 1 hit for the team.

On Friday April 19, the team hosted a double header once again welcoming the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern.

The team celebrates after picking up a win and a tie against FHE

 In game 1, Dylan Knauf took to the mound and pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. The offense took advantage of some early errors by the visiting team and took an early 2-0 lead through 3 innings. In the top of the 4th inning, the visiting bats heated up and scored 4 runs on the Red Hawks taking a 4-2 lead after 4 innings. The Red Hawks scored a run in the 5th inning and 2 more in the 6th inning to retake the lead 5-4 going into the 7th.  Aiden Brunin was on the mound to pitch in the 6th and the 7th. After getting the first two batters out to start the 7th inning, the Red Hawks allowed a base runner on an error, which put the tieing run on first base. The runner then stole 2nd base, so now with the tieing run at second base and 2 outs, the Red Hawks needed one more out to win the game.  The hitter came to the plate and hit a shallow looping fly ball to right field. Logan Petty picked up the ball, relayed it to Gage Haywood, who threw it to homeplate, where Bailey Drake placed the tag on the runner trying to score from 2nd base to end the game with a final score of 5-4!  The offense totaled 9 hits in the game led by Brunin with 3 hits, Petty with 2 hits and with a hit each was Snoeyink, Campione, Zain and Rypma.

 In game 2, Trenton Snoeyink started on the hill and pitched 5 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 3 hits.  After 5 innings. the home team Red Hawks were up 1-0. Brunin started the 6th inning and the defense fell apart in the top of the 6th inning. The defense allowed 7 runs on only 3 hits but had 4 errors. Going into the bottom of the 6th inning the visitors took the lead 7-1. The Red Hawks would not give up.  They picked up 2 runs in the 6th inning and Petty and Lizardo held the opponents scoreless in the top half of the 7th inning leaving the score 7-3 going into the Red Hawks last at bats. Lizardo starting the inning by hitting a hard ground ball to 3rd base and reaching first, following by a sharp single by Snoeyink, then another single by Brunin left the score 7-4. A pitch then hit Campione, leaving bases loaded. Zain was then also hit by a pitch, bringing in Snoeyink to make the score 7-5. Knauf then hit a bloop single to bring in Brunin, making the score 7-6.  After a strikeout and a great diving catch by the opposition, it was bases loaded and 2 outs.  Bailey Drake then hit a sharp ground ball base hit to score Campione, which tied the game.  The game ended that way, as the couldn’t muster 1 more run.  

Coach Greenland was extremely proud of the fight the fine young men had and they never gave up. “We had 1 bad half inning and had more errors in that half inning than then we have had all year,” said Coach Greenland. “But the boys never gave up in their last 2 at bats and that shows a lot of grit and determination to never give up in baseball and life.”

The JV baseball team has conference match ups with Forest Hills Central this week. Watch for those results in next week’s paper.

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