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Cedar gets double win over Zeeland West on Whitecaps field

Scoreboard from second game against the Zeeland West Dux at LMCU Ballpark. 

On Wednesday, May 4, the Red Hawks varsity had the privilege to play a double header at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, against the visiting Dux of Zeeland West.  

Senior Cayden Steinebach took the mound in the first game.  He struggled through 4.1 innings striking out 1 and walking 1 as the Dux were able to accumulate 11 hits.  Ryan Vos came on in relief, finishing out the remaining 2.2 innings, striking out 4 Zeeland batters.  Fortunately, the Dux were overly aggressive on the bases and were caught stealing multiple times which deflated each inning.  At the plate, Cedar Springs only totaled 4 hits but those hits were timely and they were able to push runners across the plate.  Parker Vaughn continued swinging his hot bat by blasting a pair of doubles.  Clay Oosting and Bryce Luevano each had a single and Connor Dunleavy had a bunt single in the 4th that fueled a 4 run inning.  In the end, despite being outhit 13 hits to 4, the Red Hawks defeated the Dux 5-3 in game one.

In the second game, the bats came alive for Cedar Springs as they managed 11 total hits, led by Braydon Gregory and Adler May who each hit a pair of doubles.  Vaughn had a single and a double.  Bruning had two singles.  Tristan Terpstra smashed a double in the 5th inning to drive in a run, and Zach Reed and Haydon Koepke each had a single.  

Sophomore Hunter Hendges got his second varsity start.  He pitched 5 innings, striking out 3, walking 4 and allowing 4 hits. Koepke came on in relief to shut Zeeland down in the final two innings.  Cedar Springs was behind the entire game until they scored four times in the 6th inning to tie the game.  In the top of the 7th the Dux brought in their hard-throwing lefty, Agar, to shut the Red Hawks down.  Brunin managed to get on base.  Zeeland intentionally walked both Gregory and Vaughn to get to Oosting.  With emotions running high, Agar threw a wild pitch, allowing Bruning to score the winning run.  The final was 7-6.

May 5

On Thursday, May 5, the Red Hawks took on the Bengals of Thornapple-Kellogg in a double header.  In game one, right-hander Clay Oosting started on the mound. In a brilliant performance, he threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only 1, while allowing 2 hits. At the plate, the Red Hawks did just enough to get the win. They scattered 8 hits but scored all 3 of their runs in one inning. Aiden Brunin hit a single and a triple. Braydon Gregory had a pair of singles. Koepke, Vaughn, Steinebach and Terpstra each added a hit in the 3-0 victory.

In game two, the switch-pitching Walker Glyshaw got the start.  In a strong outing, Walker struck out 8 batters and walked 2. The Bengals scattered 5 hits throughout the game and scored only one run, but that proved to be enough because Cedar simply couldn’t get the bats going.  Braydon Gregory had the lone hit in the sixth inning in the 1-0 loss.  

That leaves the varsity with a record of 11-8.  According to Coach Glyshaw they look outstanding at times; other times, not so much.  “I was proud of the enthusiasm we showed at LMCU, but was very disappointed in our home games against TK. It was almost like we expected them to hand us those two games.  If we can figure out how to compete EVERY pitch, EVERY game, this group can beat anyone.  Hopefully we’ll get on track and continue to improve,” he said.

This week’s games are:

Monday: DH @ Gull Lake

Tuesday: DH home vs 

Wayland

Thursday: single @ Wayland

Saturday: DH @ Traverse City West

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