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Red Hawk baseball splits with TK, falls to Traverse City West

Red Hawk baseball splits with TK, falls to Traverse City West

Last week the Cedar Springs varsity baseball team had to deal with a combination of Covid quarantines and colder temperatures, with wind chills that were below freezing.  That being said, there were some changes in the schedule. The Red Hawks played a conference double-header at Thornapple Kellogg on Thursday and another double against Traverse City West on Friday at home.  

Aiden Brunin took the mound in the opening game of the TK series.  He cruised through the first inning striking out 2 and allowing one earned run but had to come out of the game with some elbow discomfort. This left the remainder of the game to senior Trenton Snoeyink, who did a great job striking out a dozen Trojans, walking only 3. At the plate, the Red Hawks managed 4 walks and only 2 hits, a double by Snoeyink and a single by freshman Walker Glyshaw. Both hits were timely, as they each knocked in a run, but a devastating error in the bottom of the 7th inning caused the Red Hawks the game as they dropped their 5th in a row, this time losing 3-2.

In the second game of the double header the Red Hawks got a brilliant pitching performance from senior Dylan Knauf as he earned the victory, striking out 10 in what would be a one-hit, complete game shutout. In a game that ended 5-0, Cedar scattered 7 total hits, but really came alive in the 4th inning, scoring all 5 runs with two outs. Snoeyink was again the leader at the plate with a pair of hits. Seniors  Alec McDonald, Dylan Greenland and Willy Zain each had a hit, Greenland’s being a 2 RBI double.  Juniors Aiden Brunin and Jake Rocafort each added a hit as well.  

On Friday the Red Hawks played host to the Titans of Traverse City West in a double header. West marched out a southpaw junior, Wyatt Danilowicz, who recently committed to #3 ranked Louisville. He was dominant on the mound, striking out 16 Red Hawk batters, walking one and hitting one as he put his 90 mph fastball on display. The Red Hawks were able to bring up a pair of JV pitchers to get some valuable varsity experience. Sophomore Clay Oosting took the mound and was able to battle the Titans for 5 complete innings, striking out 4 and walking 2, while allowing one run. Sophomore Braydon Gregory came on to finish out the final 2 innings of the game, striking out one and allowing a pair of runs. The Titans defeated the Red Hawks in the first half of the double header 3-0.

In the nightcap, Cedar Springs again started a sophomore. This time Haydon Koepke took the hill. He walked a pair of Titan hitters and allowed 7 runs in his 2 innings of work, only 2 of which were earned. A pair of early defensive errors extended innings for Traverse City, forcing a pitching change. Freshman switch pitcher Walker Glyshaw came on and finished out the game on the mound, striking out 10 and walking 3 in five innings of work. Again, a few errors allowed in 5 more runs and, again, only 2 were earned. At the plate the Red Hawks scattered 8 hits throughout the game. Senior Willy Zain had a single and a double. Dylan Greenland also added a double. Caleb Menefee and Dylan Knauf each added two singles, while Alec McDonald added one. With a final score of 12-5, the Red Hawks finished their third week of play with a 3-7 record.  

Coach Glyshaw said, “If we can get to the point where we can play crisp, error free baseball, we could be really good.  It’s frustrating when I look at our record and realized our win-loss record could be reversed.”

This week the varsity baseball team will play a trio of games against conference opponent, Wayland, while hosting Central Montcalm for a single game. The results of these games will be in next week’s paper.

Next week’s schedule:

5/3 Home Double vs Sparta

5/4 Double @ Catholic Central

5/6 Home Single vs Catholic Central

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