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Red Hawks continue their winning ways

Red Hawk senior baseball players and their parents on senior night last week. Courtesy photo.

Last Monday the Cedar Springs varsity baseball team traveled to Big Rapids to take on the Cardinals in a single non-conference game.  Senior Jeremy Campione took the mound and was in command throughout. He struck out one and walked four in his 6 2/3 innings. The Red Hawk defense played spectacularly, making great plays and doing an excellent job of communicating and working together as a unit. Willy Zain came on in the bottom of the 7th to earn the save in the 5-1 victory. At the plate Cedar was led by Trenton Snoeyink, Aiden Brunin and Dylan Greenland with 2 hits apiece. Walker Glyshaw, Zain and Campione each added a single as well. This game represented the 6th straight victory for the Red Hawks.  

The Red Hawks huddle after two big wins over Kenowa Hills. Courtesy photo.

On Tuesday Cedar Springs celebrated their seniors in the final home games of the season as they welcomed the Knights of Kenowa Hills. In game one, senior Dylan Knauf was on the mound and controlled the game from the outset. He threw a complete game, allowing only a pair of hits, while striking out 4 and walking none. At the plate the Red Hawks scattered 7 hits. Greenland led the team with a single and a double. Rocafort, Brunin, Knauf, Petty and Rypma each added a single as they topped the Knights 2-1.

In game 2, senior Trenton Snoeyink got the start. With another great performance on the mound, Trenton struck out 7 Knights and walked 4 in his 5 innings of work. Walker Glyshaw came on to pitch the final 3 innings of the 8 inning contest. He struck out 4 and walked 1 as he earned the victory. Snoeyink also batted leadoff and led the team with 4 hits. Campione had 2 hits and Zain 1. The Red Hawks took advantage of key Kenowa mistakes. In the bottom of the 8th, they managed to load the bases. Jake Rocafort came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs. He hit a rocket at the short stop, who couldn’t handle it, leading to the winning run scoring and giving the Red Hawks a 2-1 victory. This was also a night of celebration for the seniors, who got to experience a pair of hard-earned wins during their final double header at home. Injured senior Bryce Marvel threw out the ceremonial first pitch, to his injured senior catcher Bailey Drake, as Alec McDonald stood in as the hitter. All in all, it was a great evening.

On Thursday, Cedar visited Kenowa Hills to wrap up the 3 game series. Willy Zain took the mound.  Kenowa managed to scatter eight hits and score five runs. Zain struck out 2 and walked 2 in his six innings of work. The Red Hawks had trouble mounting much of an offensive threat as they scored only twice. Aiden Brunin managed to drive 3 basehits, while Knauf, Greenland and Campione each added a single. Though they dropped this third game 5-2, Cedar won the three-game series. 

With a record of 18-15, Cedar Springs wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday vs Muskegon Oakridge as they march into the District tournament Saturday. Details will be in next week’s paper.

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