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Varsity baseball takes two over Northview

The Varsity Red Hawks baseball team faced off against the Northview Wildcats on April 30, and with a doubleheader on May 1 last week.

Pictured is Nathan Male on the mound for the Red Hawks. Courtesy photo.

The first game of the three game series with the Northview Wildcats was a sloppy affair. With the rain causing field conditions to deteriorate rapidly as the evening wore on, the Red Hawks had their work cut out for them. Connor Ellison started the game on the mound. Though he struggled with his control, he did manage to get through the first three innings, leaving the score at a 2-2 tie. Dylan Williams came in and closed out the game, battling the rain and cold for control of his fastball.  

The Wildcats managed to pull ahead in the 5th inning by taking advantage of a few walks and a few base hits. Williams was able to leave the score at 6-4 going into the bottom of the 6th inning. The final inning started by Kyle Wise getting hit by a pitch, followed by Nathan Male getting a hit to left field. Connor Ellison drew a walk to load the bases. Dylan Williams came to the plate and drove the ball into the gap for a double, scoring two runs and tying the game. Clean up hitter Peyton Newman came to the plate next. After swinging and missing at his first two strikes, he made contact on his third swing and dropped the ball into left field. Ellison scored the game-winning run with a final score of 7-6.  

“I was impressed with the perseverance of the team, battling the elements as well as a tough Northview squad,” said Coach Justin Glyshaw.

In the second of three games, Seth Biggs threw a solid first four innings, leaving the game with a 3-3 tie. Dylan Williams came in to pitch the second half of the game. It took until the 8th inning until the Red Hawks managed to get a sacrifice fly to right field from Logan Kobayashi to score the winning run.  

Thomas Reed, Seth Biggs and Nathan Draper each had two hits in the game. Trevor Reed, Dylan Williams and Conner Ellison each added a hit as well.

In the third and final game, the Red Hawks managed only three hits throughout the course of the game. Dylan Williams had two of those hits and Thomas Reed had the other. Peyton Newman and Nathan Male threw three-innings apiece on the mound but the Wildcats were not to be denied as they pounded the baseball.  This game only made it through the 6th inning and was called because of darkness. The final score was 8-1.  

The Varsity baseball record sits at a respectable 8 wins and 7 losses. Their games against Fremont, Ottawa Hills and the results of their Allendale tournament will be in next week’s issue.

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