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Red Hawks end baseball season as district runner-ups

The varsity baseball team began its 2019 post-season campaign against the mighty Cardinals of Big Rapids on Tuesday, May 28. The Cardinals have an ongoing reputation among the schools to the north of being a powerhouse. Last Tuesday they ran into the mighty arm of sophomore Bryce Marvel. Marvel pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits, striking out nine, and only walking two. Dylan Williams played an outstanding game as well, throwing out three runners, one of them to end the game.  

The highlight of the game for the Red Hawks came in the third inning when Thomas Reed led off by getting hit by a pitch. Trevor Reed then drove a single to left field, followed by a sacrifice fly ball deep to center field by Dylan Williams. With runners on first and third and one out, cleanup hitter Peyton Newman strolled to the plate. He dropped down a perfect bunt, successfully scoring Thomas from 3rd base. That would prove to be the winning run with the final score 1-0. Cedar Springs ended up with three total hits in the game, 2 by Trevor Reed and one late in the game from Seth Biggs.

In the district semi-final on June 1, the varsity team took on another team from the north in Chippewa Hills. Despite several weather delays, the contest was able to get under way.

The Red Hawks combined for 13 total hits in the 15-5 victory. Thomas and Trevor Reed both had two hits, as did Connor Ellison and Peyton Newman. Adding one hit each were Dylan Williams, Jeremy Campione, Logan Kobayashi, Willy Zain and Nathan Male.  

Newman and Ellison split the game on the mound, doing a great job of keeping their opponents off balance.

In the lackluster final, the Red Hawks faced their long-time rival in the Sparta Spartans. Bryce Marvel toughed it out on the mound, but the luck seemed to be with the Spartans as they were able to scatter 11 hits and score 7 runs. Very few balls were hit hard, but the Sparta hitters managed to find gaps in the defense and get runners on base. The Cedar Springs batters managed only one hit from Aiden Brunin, though they hit several balls hard.  

Those of you who’ve played baseball know that sometimes it’s a funny game. You can hit the ball well and, if you hit it right to the defense, things don’t go your way. This game just wasn’t meant to be for the Red Hawks who finished as the district runner up.

Their final record on the season was 15-17.

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